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Name: Snelling (Gun Club)

Nearest Town: Saint Paul
Primary County: Hennepin
Survey Date: 06/01/2009
Inventory Number: 27000100

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Other


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 101.43
Littoral Area (acres): 103
Maximum Depth (ft): 9.5
Water Clarity (ft): 7.5

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A


Did you know? Each year, DNR fisheries personnel stock game fish fry and fingerlings in lakes lacking habitat for natural reproduction.

Fish Sampled for the 2009 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.50 30.3 - 150.6 0.90 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 0.11 1.2 - 20.5 0.27 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 53.56 1.2 - 20.0 0.15 0.1 - 0.4
Gill net 15.50 N/A 0.16 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 0.9 6.34 2.7 - 3.8
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 4.5 1.42 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 0.50 0.5 - 5.6 1.10 0.3 - 0.7
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 1.9 0.06 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.00 0.4 - 6.5 0.05 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.22 N/A 0.13 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 0.7 0.05 0.3 - 1.5
Northern Pike Trap net 1.00 N/A 3.64 N/A
Gill net 7.50 1.1 - 8.0 3.84 1.8 - 3.4
Pumpkinseed Trap net 9.33 0.3 - 4.9 0.11 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 27.00 N/A 0.10 N/A
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 1.50 0.5 - 3.5 0.25 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Gill net 1.00 2.7 - 25.0 0.08 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2009 Survey Year

Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
black bullhead 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
bluegill 311 201 0 0 0 0 0 0 513
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
brown bullhead 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
green sunfish 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
hybrid sunfish 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
largemouth bass 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 1 0 6 15 2 24
pumpkinseed 136 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 138
yellow bullhead 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
yellow perch 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2


For the record, the largest White Bass taken in Minnesota weighed 4 lbs., 2.4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River Pool 5, Wabasha County
    When: 5/4/2004

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2008 Bluegill adults 20 5.6

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelin es enables people to reduce their exposure to contaminants while still enjoying the many benefits from fish.

Pregnant Women, Women who may become pregnant and Children under age 15

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SNELLING
Hennepin Co., 27000100
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury PFOS
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury PFOS

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SNELLING
Hennepin Co., 27000100
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     PFOS
Carp All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury PFOS

DOWID - MN DNR, Division of Waters' lake ID number.

Contaminants listed were measured at levels that trigger advice to limit consumption.

Listing of consumption guidelines do not imply the fish are legal to keep, MN DNR fishing regulations should be consulted.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/01/2009)

Snelling Lake is located in Fort Snelling State Park, one of the most popular state parks in Minnesota. Many shore-fishing locations exist, including a fishing pier on the north end of the lake. This shallow, class 43 lake is heavily vegetated with a variety of native aquatic vegetation as well as exotic curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian water milfoil. No gas boat motors are permitted. Snelling Lake is equipped with an aeration system that is run to prevent winterkill in winters when oxygen levels fall low. A population assessment was conducted during June 2009 to determine the species composition and abundance of game fish in the lake.

Snelling Lake has historically had a high density bluegill population (averaging 66/trap net over the previous 3 population assessments) At 54 per trap net in 2009, bluegill abundance was again high and size structure and mean weight (0.15 lbs) were low. Fifty-one percent of bluegill were less than 6 inches and the remaining 49% were between 6 and 6.8 inches. Mean length was 5.9 inches. Ages 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 were represented and growth was slower than average compared with other similar West Metro Area lakes.

The northern pike population has remained relatively stable over the previous 4 assessments dating back to 1995. In the 2009 assessment, 7.5/gill net were collected. Ninety-three percent were 21 inches or greater and 27% were 28 inches or greater. The largest pike measured 32.5 inches and 6.7 lbs. Northern pike reached 19.3 inches by age 3, indicating growth is similar to other similar West Metro Area lakes.

One largemouth bass was sampled, however, passive sampling gears, such as trap nets and gill nets, are not effective methods for collecting largemouth bass, so the data presented for this species is not indicative of relative abundance. Electrofishing is the typical method for largemouth bass assessments but was not conducted during this survey.

Pumpkinseed abundance continues to be high (9.3/trap net). Other species sampled in low abundance included black crappie, yellow perch, bowfin, green sunfish, and black, brown, and yellow bullhead.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
7050 E Hwy 101, Suite 100
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone: (952) 496-4141
Internet: West Metro Fisheries
E-Mail: MetroWest.Fisheries@state.mn.us

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
To order, use B0299 for the map-id.


For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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