Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Bald Eagle

Nearest Town: White Bear Lake
Primary County: Ramsey
Survey Date: 07/07/2014
Inventory Number: 62000200
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Public Access Information

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


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1046.63
Littoral Area (acres): 751
Maximum Depth (ft): 36
Water Clarity (ft): 3.7 (2.3-6)

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


Did you know? Minnesota has 11,482 lakes 10 acres or larger, of which 5,483 are fishing lakes. Excluding Lake Superior, the state has 3.8 million acres of fishing water. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is 1.4 million acres.

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 5.58 1.8 - 21.2 0.20 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 4.83 2.5 - 16.5 0.22 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 45.83 7.5 - 62.5 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 14.17 N/A 0.14 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 0.17 0.4 - 2.0 10.57 2.6 - 6.0
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.08 0.2 - 0.8 0.09 0.1 - 0.1
Gill net 0.42 0.3 - 1.5 0.15 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.50 0.2 - 1.3 0.06 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 4.17 N/A 0.19 N/A
Gill net 0.50 N/A 0.26 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.17 0.2 - 0.7 0.76 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 0.08 0.3 - 0.8 1.10 0.4 - 1.0
Muskellunge Trap net 0.42 0.4 - 0.5 17.40 1.5 - 7.0
Gill net 0.08 0.2 - 1.0 3.75 1.9 - 4.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 2.69 N/A
Gill net 2.92 1.5 - 7.3 3.96 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 4.00 0.7 - 4.2 0.21 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 3.33 N/A 0.21 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.08 0.3 - 1.2 5.84 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 3.08 1.2 - 6.3 1.93 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.25 0.9 - 5.7 0.91 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 7.5 0.83 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.00 0.3 - 1.7 0.11 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 52.17 2.0 - 27.9 0.19 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 2014 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 5 120 0 0 0 0 0 0 125
bluegill 452 260 0 0 0 0 0 0 712
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
golden shiner 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
green sunfish 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
hybrid sunfish 26 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 55
largemouth bass 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
muskellunge 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 6
northern pike 0 1 0 0 3 20 9 6 39
pumpkinseed 35 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 88
walleye 0 0 1 11 17 7 2 0 38
yellow bullhead 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 5
yellow perch 96 471 64 0 0 0 0 0 631


For the record, the largest Longnose Sucker taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lbs., 10.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Brule River, Cook County
    When: 5/19/05
    Statistics: 21" length, 10.25" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 walleye fingerlings 3,909 293.0
  walleye fingerlings 23,459 1,205.5
  walleye yearlings 4 7.5
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
  Muskellunge1 yearlings 212 141.3
  Walleye adults 90 180.0
  Walleye fingerlings 50,848 1,321.0
  Walleye yearlings 8 4.0
2008 Muskellunge fingerlings 480 80.0
  Muskellunge1 fingerlings 69 25.4
  Muskellunge1 yearlings 182 218.4
  Walleye yearlings 1 1.0
  Walleye fingerlings 88,025 1,501.0
  Walleye adults 2 4.0
2006 Muskellunge fingerlings 1,272 270.6
  Walleye1 fingerlings 35,818 1,498.6
2005 Muskellunge fingerlings 989 187.5

Stocking Notes
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.

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 07/07/2014)

Bald Eagle Lake is primarily managed for Walleyes and Muskellunge. From 1998 to present, Walleye have been stocked biennially on even-numbered years. From 2000 to 2012, the Walleye stocking rate was 2.0 lbs/littoral-acre (1,502 pounds). Muskellunge stocking normally consists of stocking fall fingerlings at a rate of 1.0 fish/surface-acre (1,268 fish) biennially on even numbered years. Supplemental stocking of Muskellunge has occurred under permit by local sportsman clubs. All Muskellunge stocked into Bald Eagle Lake from 1994 to present have been the Leech Lake strain.

Walleye catch rates have increased since the last assessment in 2012. Mean weight continues to increase (1.82 lbs. in 2012 to 1.93 lbs. in 2014) which is noteworthy. Walleyes of this average weight in the lakes of the East Metro Area is not typical. Twenty-two percent of Walleyes captured were 20 inches in total length or larger. One adult Muskellunge was captured in gill nets and it was 27.68 inches in total length and weighed 3.75 pounds. Five adult Muskellunge were captured in trap nets. The total lengths ranged from 39.37 to 47.24 inches and average weight was 17.4 pounds. Northern Pike were sampled above the third quartile for abundance and mean weight. The average size of pike sampled was 25.38 inches in total length and 3.96 pounds. Twenty-six percent of pike captured were 28 inches or longer with the largest being 37.13 inches.

Yellow Perch were sampled at almost double the third quartile level for abundance. The average size of perch sampled in 2014 was 7.25" TL and 0.19 lbs. Largemouth Bass were sampled by standard electrofishing methods. Largemouth Bass abundance had dropped from 2012. Average size increased to 10.91" TL and mean weight of 0.87 lbs. (7.7" TL and 0.40 lbs. in 2012). Black Crappies were sampled below the middle quartile for both gill net and trap net abundance. Average size of crappie captured in gill nets and trap nets were 7.41" TL and 7.21" TL, respectively. Bluegills were sampled above the median level for abundance, but catch was still lower than in 2010. The average Bluegill captured in 2014 was 5.67" TL.


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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