Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Bald Eagle

Nearest Town: White Bear Lake
Primary County: Ramsey
Survey Date: 07/14/2008
Inventory Number: 62000200
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Unknown Earthen Dirt winter access
County Concrete County access


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1046.61
Littoral Area (acres): 751
Maximum Depth (ft): 36
Water Clarity (ft): 2.4 (2.3-2.5)

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 13.09 1.8 - 21.2 0.23 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 39.33 2.5 - 16.5 0.13 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 44.18 7.5 - 62.5 0.15 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.00 N/A 0.15 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.73 0.4 - 1.3 6.21 2.3 - 4.1
Common Carp Trap net 0.09 0.4 - 2.0 5.73 2.6 - 6.0
Golden Shiner Gill net 1.83 0.3 - 1.5 0.10 0.1 - 0.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.27 N/A 0.23 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.27 0.2 - 0.7 0.07 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 0.8 0.34 0.4 - 1.0
Northern Pike Gill net 3.67 1.5 - 7.3 2.90 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.73 0.7 - 4.2 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Walleye Gill net 4.67 1.2 - 6.3 2.94 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Perch Gill net 8.17 2.0 - 27.9 0.15 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 97 274 9 0 0 0 0 0 380
bluegill 228 275 0 0 0 0 0 0 510
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 8
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
golden shiner 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
hybrid sunfish 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
largemouth bass 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
northern pike 0 0 0 0 7 8 5 2 22
pumpkinseed 13 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 41
walleye 0 1 3 0 14 6 4 0 28
yellow perch 15 32 2 0 0 0 0 0 49


For the record, the largest White Sucker taken in Minnesota weighed 9 lbs., 1 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Big Fish Lake, Stearns County
    When: 5/1/83
    Statistics: 24.25" length, 16.25" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Muskellunge fingerlings 873 134.3
  Walleye adults 164 169.0
  Walleye fingerlings 46,061 1,153.3
  Walleye yearlings 1,120 280.0
2010 Muskellunge fingerlings 630 203.6
  Muskellunge* yearlings 212 141.3
  Walleye yearlings 8 4.0
  Walleye fingerlings 50,848 1,321.0
  Walleye adults 90 180.0
2008 Muskellunge fingerlings 480 80.0
  Muskellunge* yearlings 182 218.4
  Muskellunge* fingerlings 69 25.4
  Walleye adults 2 4.0
  Walleye fingerlings 88,025 1,501.0
  Walleye yearlings 1 1.0
2006 Muskellunge fingerlings 1,272 270.6
  Walleye* fingerlings 35,818 1,498.6
2005 Muskellunge fingerlings 989 187.5
2004 Walleye* fingerlings 36,724 1,501.8

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
BALD EAGLE
Ramsey Co., 62000200
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   shorter than 22" 22" or longer   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
BALD EAGLE
Ramsey Co., 62000200
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike All sizes        
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 07/14/2008)

Bald Eagle Lake is primarily managed for walleye (WAE) and muskellunge (MUE). Walleye stocking since 2000 has been conducted biennially on even numbered years at a rate of 2.0 pounds/littoral-acre (1,502.0 lbs). Muskellunge stocking currently consists of stocking fall fingerlings at a rate of 1.0 fish/surface-acre (1,268 fish) biennially on even numbered years. All muskellunge stocked in Bald Eagle Lake from 1994 to present have been the Leech Lake strain. The WAE population has been above median levels for abundance in the gill net sample since 1992. The 2008 gill net catch rate for WAE was the highest ever observed in this lake. The average size of WAE sampled in 2008 was 16.95 inches and 2.94 pounds. Over one-third of all WAE captured measured 20.0 inches or longer. No MUE were captured during this assessment. Northern Pike (NOP) were sampled near the median levels for abundance and mean weight during this assessment, but catch rates were down slightly from those observed during 2006. The average size NOP captured was approximately 22.9 inches and 2.9 pounds. Approximately 9 percent of sampled NOP measured 28.0 inches or larger. Yellow Perch (YEP) abundance has continued to increase steadily since 2002. Over 16 percent of YEP sampled measured 8.0 inches or larger. Black Crappie (BLC) were sampled above median levels for both gear types with 12 percent of all fish captured measuring 8.0 inches or larger. Bluegills were sampled above median levels for abundance in trap nets with the average size fish being 5.95 inches and 0.16 pounds.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: (651) 259-5831
Internet: East Metro Fisheries
E-Mail: MetroEast.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 B0325 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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