|Nearest Town: Greenland
Primary County: Le Sueur
|Survey Date: 06/22/2009|
Inventory Number: 40004400
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|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|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|
|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|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest Northern Pike taken in Minnesota weighed 45 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught: |
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years
|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.|
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.
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For general DNR Information, contact:
DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Turn in Poachers (TIP):
Toll-free: (800) 652-9093