|Nearest Town: EAST CHAIN
Primary County: Martin
|Survey Date: 07/02/2001|
Inventory Number: 46-0010-00
|City||Concrete||City Park on Northwest corner of the lake.|
|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.|
|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|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|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest Walleye-Sauger Hybrid taken in Minnesota weighed 9 lbs., 13.4 oz. and was caught: |
Statistics: 27" length, 17.75" girth
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.
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