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Name: CHAIN,EAST

Nearest Town: EAST CHAIN
Primary County: Martin
Survey Date: 07/02/2001
Inventory Number: 46-0010-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Concrete City Park on Northwest corner of the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 485.00
Littoral Area (acres): 485.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 6.00
Water Clarity (ft): 0.80

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


Did you know? The annual budget for the Section of Fisheries is approximately $17 million, which is funded primarily by fishing license and stamp fees and by a federal excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.

Fish Sampled up to the 2001 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bigmouth Buffalo Trap net 4.4 0.2 - 1.0 4.65 2.6 - 5.8
Black Bullhead Trap net 28.6 11.5 - 132.6 0.41 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 0.5 1.2 - 20.5 0.16 0.2 - 0.5
Common Carp Trap net 10.5 1.0 - 5.5 3.42 1.4 - 4.6
Channel Catfish Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A 2.46 N/A - N/A
Freshwater Drum Trap net 3.4 0.2 - 3.3 0.92 0.3 - 1.0
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.3 0.2 - 1.1 0.06 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.3 0.2 - 1.9 0.06 0.1 - 0.2
Northern Pike Trap net 3.5 N/A - N/A 1.21 N/A - N/A
Orangespotted Sunfish Trap net 0.4 N/A - N/A 0.04 N/A - N/A
Quillback Trap net 0.1 N/A - N/A 1.84 N/A - N/A
Snapping Turtle Trap net 0.5 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.2 0.5 - 3.0 1.64 0.8 - 2.3
White Crappie Trap net 4.8 0.3 - 6.0 0.23 0.3 - 0.6
White Sucker Trap net 2.5 0.3 - 2.6 1.79 1.0 - 2.0
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.0 0.5 - 2.5 0.28 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.0 0.3 - 3.8 0.11 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2001 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 9 105 82 0 0 0 0 0 196
Black Crappie 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Channel Catfish 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
Green Sunfish 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Northern Pike 0 16 4 0 0 8 3 1 32
Orangespotted Sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Walleye 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
White Crappie 1 38 1 0 0 0 0 0 40
Yellow Bullhead 2 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 11
Yellow Perch 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11


For the record, the largest Pumpkinseed taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 5.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Leech Lake, Cass County
    When: 6/6/99
    Statistics: 10.1" length, 12 1/8" girth

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 07/02/2001)

East Chain is a 485 acre lake with a maximum depth of six feet. The lake is located in the town of East Chain in Martin County. East Chain is managed for northern pike primarily while yellow perch, black crappie, and white crappie are managed secondarily. East Chain suffered a partial winterkill during the winter of 2000 and 2001.

The northern pike population is abundant compared to lakes similar to East Chain. Several northern pike which hatched in the Spring of 2001 were sampled during our assessment on 07/02/2001. Lengths of northern pike ranged from 7.1 inches to 31.5 inches and averaged 14.3 inches. The small average size is due to all the 7 to 10 inch northern pike sampled.

The crappie population is average to good for lakes like East Chain. There were fair numbers of crappie in the 8 to 9 inch range and they should provide fishing opportunities during the 2002 fishing season.

For people who like to fish bullheads, the bullhead population is doing very good. Many bullheads were sampled in the 8 to 11 inch range.

Bow fishing for common carp has become more popular than in the past. East Chain would be an excellent choice for people who enjoy this sport. Many carp in the 20 to 30 inch range were sampled during the 2001 assessment.

Other gamefish sampled during the assessment which could provide some angling opportunities include walleye, yellow perch, and channel catfish.

To promote and maintain healthy fish populations, pollution and other inputs need to be controlled. Fish habitats are directly affected by water quality. Nutrient, sediment and other waste inputs can drastically alter the biological, chemical, and physical components of a lake. It is paramount to maintain if not improve the current water quality of East Chain Lake through watershed management to preserve this fishery for future generations to enjoy.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
175 Co Rd 26
Windom, MN 56101-1868
Phone: (507) 831-2900
Internet: Windom Fisheries
E-Mail: Windom.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 C0454 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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