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Name: Eagle

Nearest Town: Battle Lake
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 07/21/2008
Inventory Number: 56025300
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Township Concrete A township owned public access is located one mile east off of state highway 78 along the south shoreline of the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 907.34
Littoral Area (acres): 157
Maximum Depth (ft): 46
Water Clarity (ft): 25.2

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


Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 3.08 0.4 - 2.3 0.26 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 62.58 4.4 - 49.0 0.21 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.50 N/A 0.30 N/A
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.08 0.2 - 1.0 0.17 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.12 0.1 - 0.4 0.18 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 24.17 N/A 0.29 N/A
Gill net 5.12 N/A 0.23 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 2.75 0.3 - 1.3 0.25 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 3.00 0.3 - 1.4 1.07 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.08 N/A 1.35 N/A
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.58 1.8 - 7.8 0.19 0.1 - 0.3
Rock Bass Trap net 2.00 0.5 - 2.5 0.46 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 2.88 0.6 - 3.9 0.63 0.3 - 0.5
Walleye Trap net 0.08 0.2 - 0.8 0.55 1.0 - 2.7
Gill net 29.25 3.3 - 8.8 1.30 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Trap net 5.83 0.2 - 1.1 2.18 1.8 - 3.0
Gill net 6.62 0.9 - 4.0 1.75 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 7.58 1.2 - 5.2 0.87 0.6 - 0.9
Gill net 4.50 1.2 - 10.9 0.60 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 8.50 7.0 - 46.3 0.14 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 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
black crappie 0 36 1 0 0 0 0 0 37
bluegill 201 565 1 0 0 0 0 0 771
green sunfish 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 35 292 0 0 0 0 0 0 331
largemouth bass 1 29 10 13 4 0 0 0 57
northern pike 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
pumpkinseed 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
rock bass 6 9 32 0 0 0 0 0 47
walleye 0 1 5 129 88 10 0 0 235
white sucker 0 5 7 7 104 0 0 0 123
yellow bullhead 2 8 71 41 0 0 0 0 127
yellow perch 9 52 3 0 0 0 0 0 68


For the record, the largest Tiger Muskellunge taken in Minnesota weighed 34 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Elmo, Washington County
    When: 7/7/99
    Statistics: 51" length, 22.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye yearlings 5,858 292.0
  Walleye adults 35 23.0
2010 Walleye adults 58 72.0
  Walleye fingerlings 4,472 318.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 8,438 314.0
2006 Walleye fingerlings 4,898 314.0
2004 Walleye fingerlings 5,024 314.0

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

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

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelin es enables people to reduce their exposure to contaminants while still enjoying the many benefits from fish.

Pregnant Women, Women who may become pregnant and Children under age 15

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
EAGLE
Otter Tail Co., 56025300
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   shorter than 18" 18" or longer   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
EAGLE
Otter Tail Co., 56025300
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

DOWID - MN DNR, Division of Waters' lake ID number.

Contaminants listed were measured at levels that trigger advice to limit consumption.

Listing of consumption guidelines do not imply the fish are legal to keep, MN DNR fishing regulations should be consulted.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 07/21/2008)

Eagle Lake is an 845-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in south-central Otter Tail County approximately eight miles south of Battle Lake, MN. Eagle Lake is located within the Pomme de Terre River Watershed; however, there are no inlets or outlets connected to the lake. The immediate watershed is composed of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The secchi disk reading during the 2008 lake survey was 25.2 feet, which indicates exceptional water clarity. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 14.8 to 22.6 feet. The majority of the shoreline of Eagle Lake has been extensively developed. Homes and cabins surround the entire shoreline of the lake. A township owned concrete public access is located in a park along the south shoreline. A public swimming beach is also located in the park. The shoal water substrates consist of sand and gravel. There is no emergent vegetation present in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake can be ecologically classified as a bass-panfish type of lake and this is reflected in the assemblage of the fish community. Largemouth bass, walleye, and bluegill are the dominant fish species present in Eagle Lake. Catch data from recent test-netting assessments indicate that a high-density largemouth bass population exists. Length data from these assessments indicate that the bass population is dominated by fish less than 15.0 inches in length. Bass ranged in length from 9.1 to 15.9 inches with an average length and weight of 12.6 inches and 1.1 pounds. Age data indicate that reproduction is consistently good. Bass attain an average length of 13.7 inches at five years of age. The bluegill test-net catch rate has exceeded the normal range for this class of lake in every survey conducted. Age data indicate that the 2003 year class is very strong. Twenty-six percent of the bluegill were 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegill attain an average length of 6.7 inches at six years of age. The walleye test-net catch rate also exceeded the normal range. Historically, walleye gill net catch rate has consistently exceeded the normal range. Walleye ranged in length from 8.9 to 23.9 inches with an average length and weight of 15.3 inches and 1.3 pounds. Walleye attain an average length of 14.3 inches at three years of age. Data from recent test-netting assessments indicate that walleye natural reproduction is very inconsistent in Eagle Lake and that walleye fingerling stocking is maintaining the population. Catch rate data over the recent series of surveys indicate that the walleye population can be maintained at or above management goals by stocking walleye fingerlings on a biennial basis. The DNR does not stock any fish species other than walleye in Eagle Lake. The other species present are able to sustain their levels at or above management goals without stocking. This is an indication of the excellent water quality and fish habitat that is available. To maintain the excellent fishing that this lake has to offer, it is imperative to preserve the water quality and fish habitat. Anglers can also maintain the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest encourages the release of medium to large-size fish while allowing the harvest of the more abundant smaller fish for table fare. Releasing the medium to large fish will ensure that the lake will have enough spawning age fish on an annual basis and will provide anglers with opportunities to catch more large fish in the future.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1509 1st Ave N
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: (218) 739-7576
Internet: Fergus Falls Fisheries
E-Mail: FergusFalls.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 C1331 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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