Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Shoofly

Nearest Town: Isabella
Primary County: Lake
Survey Date: 05/21/2008
Inventory Number: 38042200

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Carry-In Trail over high ground to the point on the east shore of the lake. Trail begins at same parking area as AC1.
US Forest Service Carry-In A 425ft carry down trail across county and federal land (mostly bog) to S.E. corner- of lake. Trail is 0.7 mile north on logging road

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 9.83
Littoral Area (acres): 6.1
Maximum Depth (ft): 25
Water Clarity (ft): 13.5 (11-16)

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

Did you know? Spawning habitat improvements can enhance naturally reproducing populations of fish species such as walleye and northern pike.

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Brook Trout Gill net 3.67 N/A 0.73 N/A
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2008 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
brook trout 0 4 1 5 1 0 0 0 11

For the record, the largest Shovelnose Sturgeon taken in Minnesota weighed 5 lbs., 9 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Red Wing, Goodhue County
    When: 6/4/07
    Statistics: 36" length, 11 7/8" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2015 Brook Trout fingerlings 500 22.3
2013 Brook Trout fingerlings 500 15.0
2012 Brook Trout fingerlings 500 15.1
2010 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,012 23.0
2009 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,013 19.0
2008 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,006 33.0
2007 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,000 29.0
2006 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,021 29.0

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

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Status of the Fishery (as of 05/21/2008)

The brook trout population in Shoofly Lake was similar to other managed brook trout lakes in the Finland area. The population has fluctuated widely based on results of the previous investigations. The 2008 sample included six fish over 12 inches with the largest 16.3 inches. Shoofly Lake is stocked annually with 1,000 brook trout fingerlings.

For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
PO Box 546
6686 Hwy 1
Finland, MN 55603
Phone: (218) 353-8840
Internet: Finland Fisheries

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 C5056 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

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