Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Steele

Nearest Town: Greenland
Primary County: Le Sueur
Survey Date: 06/22/2009
Inventory Number: 40004400

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Gravel


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 75.91
Littoral Area (acres): 53.6
Maximum Depth (ft): 27
Water Clarity (ft): N/A

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


Did you know? Ongoing habitat improvement and maintenance work is conducted on trout streams that have publicly owned land or easements.

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 Trap net 0.62 1.3 - 26.0 0.58 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 3.00 5.2 - 56.2 0.70 0.2 - 0.5
Black Crappie Trap net 39.88 1.8 - 18.1 0.21 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 20.50 1.9 - 18.0 0.16 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 86.62 6.5 - 59.6 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 11.50 N/A 0.19 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 0.12 0.3 - 2.6 2.64 2.0 - 4.5
Gill net 2.00 0.5 - 4.0 1.88 1.0 - 3.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.12 N/A 0.11 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.12 0.3 - 0.8 0.39 0.2 - 1.1
Northern Pike Gill net 0.50 2.5 - 7.9 3.64 1.8 - 3.3
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.00 0.8 - 5.3 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
White Crappie Trap net 22.00 0.4 - 4.6 0.28 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 3.00 0.5 - 4.8 0.20 0.2 - 0.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.62 0.8 - 5.0 0.49 0.4 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.12 0.3 - 1.5 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 9.00 1.5 - 12.8 0.11 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 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 11 0 0 0 0 0 11
black crappie 11 334 8 3 0 0 0 0 360
bluegill 155 557 0 0 0 0 0 0 716
common carp 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 5
hybrid sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
largemouth bass 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
pumpkinseed 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
white crappie 1 157 9 10 0 0 0 0 182
yellow bullhead 0 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 13
yellow perch 5 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 19


For the record, the largest Brown Bullhead taken in Minnesota weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Shallow Lake, Itasca County
    When: 5/21/74
    Statistics: 24.4" length

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 06/22/2009)

Steele Lake in Le Sueur County is a 70 acre lake located north of the city of Elysian. A public access is located on the south end of the lake, at the end of Steele Lake Lane. Turn off of 211th Avenue/Le Sueur County Road 11 to reach the public access.

Steele Lake was surveyed the week of June 22nd, 2009 to monitor the fish community. Steele Lake is a bass-panfish managed lake with little shoreline development and stands of emergent bulrush and cattail. Small bluegill dominated trap net catches, with over 87 fish per lift, exceeding the upper quartile for lakes of Steele's classification (Class 30). Average size was small, at less than five to a pound and 6.3 inches. Nine percent of bluegill were larger than 7 inches.

Black crappies were abundant in trap and gill net catches, at 40 per lift and 21 per lift respectively. Average size for all nets was small, at 7.2 inches. Four individuals, representing one percent of the sampled fish, were larger than 12 inches.

White crappies are also strongly abundant in Steele, averaging 3 per gill net lift and 22 per trap net lift. Average size was 7.9 inches. Twelve percent of trap netted individuals were between 12 and 14 inches, so a few large individuals are present.

Northern pike abundance (0.5 pike per gill net) has declined steeply since the 2001 survey (8 pike per gill net). Pike abundance should increase with available perch and small bluegill. Adequate spawning habitat is available within Steele Lake and in ditches connecting Steele to Sasse Lake to the north. Other fish observed in the survey include yellow perch, yellow bullhead, pumpkinseed sunfish, largemouth bass, hybrid sunfish, common carp, and black bullhead.

Anglers can help maintain or improve the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest allows for the harvest of smaller fish for table fare, but encourages release of medium- to large-sized fish. Releasing these fish can help maintain balance in the fish community in Steele Lake and provide anglers the opportunity to catch more and larger fish in the future.

Shoreline areas on the land and into the shallow water provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife that live in or near Minnesota's lakes. Overdeveloped shorelines cannot support the fish, wildlife, and clean water that are associated with natural undeveloped lakes. Shoreline habitat consists of aquatic plants, woody plants, and natural lake bottom soils.

Plants in the water and at the water's edge provide habitat, prevent erosion, and absorb excess nutrients. Shrubs, trees, and woody debris such as fallen trees or limbs provide good habitat both above and below the water and should be left in place. By leaving a buffer strip of natural vegetation along the shoreline, property owners can reduce erosion, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat and travel corridors for wildlife.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
PO Box 86
50317 Fish Hatchery Rd
Waterville, MN 56096-0086
Phone: (507) 362-4223
Internet: Waterville Fisheries
E-Mail: Waterville.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 C2035 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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