Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Eagle

Nearest Town: Park Rapids
Primary County: Hubbard
Survey Date: 07/23/2012
Inventory Number: 29025600
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Ownership Type Description
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Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 423.53
Littoral Area (acres): 164
Maximum Depth (ft): 77
Water Clarity (ft): 8.3 (6-10.5)

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 2012 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 0.67 0.7 - 3.2 0.25 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.44 0.5 - 2.7 0.29 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 13.67 5.6 - 42.3 0.13 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.67 N/A 0.37 N/A
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.11 0.3 - 2.2 0.71 0.6 - 1.0
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 1.2 0.94 0.5 - 1.1
Northern Pike Trap net 1.00 N/A 1.05 N/A
Gill net 5.44 3.1 - 8.5 1.78 1.5 - 2.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 4.00 1.7 - 8.2 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.56 N/A 0.27 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.67 0.6 - 2.5 0.61 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.56 0.3 - 2.0 0.66 0.3 - 0.5
Shorthead Redhorse Gill net 0.11 0.2 - 1.2 2.08 1.1 - 2.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 1.33 0.7 - 6.5 1.64 0.6 - 1.6
Walleye Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 0.7 0.68 0.9 - 2.9
Gill net 3.33 1.3 - 5.5 1.92 1.2 - 2.4
White Sucker Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 1.0 2.95 1.7 - 2.9
Gill net 0.44 0.5 - 3.5 2.65 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.22 1.5 - 7.7 0.81 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 1.11 0.9 - 10.0 0.81 0.5 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 3.00 0.5 - 2.7 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.89 2.5 - 24.2 0.07 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2012 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 crappie 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 10
bluegill 93 33 3 0 0 0 0 0 129
brown bullhead 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
largemouth bass 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
northern pike 0 0 0 6 30 18 2 2 58
pumpkinseed 31 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 41
rock bass 0 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 11
shorthead redhorse 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 2 3 7 0 0 0 12
walleye 0 4 0 6 13 7 1 0 31
white sucker 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 5
yellow bullhead 0 1 19 1 0 0 0 0 21
yellow perch 22 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 35


For the record, the largest Longnose Sucker taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lbs., 10.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Brule River, Cook County
    When: 5/19/05
    Statistics: 21" length, 10.25" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye2 fingerlings 5,905 330.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 315 35.0
  Walleye2 fingerlings 6,285 330.0
2009 Walleye fingerlings 4,916 330.0
2007 Walleye yearlings 776 180.0
  Walleye fingerlings 844 92.0
  Walleye adults 116 58.0
2005 Walleye yearlings 313 73.0
  Walleye adults 71 71.0
  Walleye fingerlings 4,298 154.0

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

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
EAGLE
Hubbard Co., 29025600
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Redhorse Sucker All sizes        
Walleye   shorter than 20" 20" or longer   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
EAGLE
Hubbard Co., 29025600
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Northern Pike All sizes        
Redhorse Sucker All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

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 07/23/2012)

Eagle Lake is located in Hubbard County, seven miles north of Park Rapids. Eagle Lake has a surface area of 423 acres and a maximum depth of 77 feet. There is a public access located on the west shore of the lake. Eagle Lake is part of the Island, Eagle, and Potato chain of lakes, with connections to Island Lake upstream and Potato Lake downstream. Boating access in the river connecting these lakes is possible with small to medium size boats, but conditions can vary with water level fluctuations.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different types based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Eagle Lake is in lake class 25. Class 25 lakes are generally characterized by being deep, clear, hard water lakes, with an irregularly shaped shoreline. Other class 25 lakes in the Park Rapids area include Bad Axe, Belle Taine, West Crooked, Third Crow Wing, Island, Big Mantrap, Little Mantrap, Ojibway, Little Sand, Spider, Straight, and Two Inlets.

Eagle Lake is well known for its walleye fishery and is a popular fishing spot, especially early in the season. Walleye abundance was within the normal range for similar type lakes and at the current management goal. Walleye abundance in past surveys has been fairly stable and similar to the 2012 survey. Anglers will find good numbers of walleye in the 14-18 inch size range, with walleye measured up to 27 inches. Eagle Lake is currently stocked with walleye fingerlings during odd numbered years. Yellow perch, an important forage species for walleye, were sampled in very low numbers. Yellow perch abundance in past surveys has generally fluctuated from moderate to high numbers.

Northern pike were sampled in moderate numbers, within the normal range for similar type lakes. Northern pike abundance in past surveys has fluctuated from low to moderate numbers. Sampled northern pike had an average length and weight of 20 inches and 1.7 pounds, with pike measured up to 31 inches. While dominated by small pike, Eagle Lake can produce a few large fish. Important forage species such as tullibee (cisco), white sucker, and shorthead redhorse are present providing the right conditions for growing large pike.

While not known as a panfish lake, Eagle does support fishing opportunities for black crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed. Black crappie were sampled in low numbers, similar to past surveys. Anglers can expect to find black crappie in the 9-12 inch size range. The bluegill population in Eagle has been increasing. Bluegill were sampled in moderate numbers, within the range for similar type lakes. Bluegill abundance in surveys prior to 2000 was low, well below the normal range for similar type lakes. Anglers can expect to find bluegill and pumpkinseed in the 6-8 inch size range.

Other species sampled included moderate numbers of rock bass and low numbers of brown and yellow bullhead. Largemouth bass are present in Eagle Lake but numbers are low compared to other area lakes.

Currently no aquatic invasive species (AIS) have been identified in Eagle Lake. To avoid spreading AIS, lake users are required to remove all aquatic plants from their watercraft and drain all water from their boat before leaving the access.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
301 S Grove Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Phone: (218) 732-4153
Internet: Park Rapids Fisheries
E-Mail: ParkRapids.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 C2298 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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