Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: High

Nearest Town: Ely
Primary County: St. Louis
Survey Date: 05/23/2011
Inventory Number: 69007100

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-In

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 273.57
Littoral Area (acres): 99
Maximum Depth (ft): 66
Water Clarity (ft): 16

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

Did you know? Spawning habitat improvements can enhance naturally reproducing populations of fish species such as walleye and northern pike.

Fish Sampled for the 2011 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Bluegill Trap net 40.11 2.4 - 6.0 0.17 0.1 - 0.3
Brook Trout Trap net 0.67 N/A 0.33 N/A
Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.33 N/A
Rainbow Trout Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.80 N/A
Splake Trap net 1.67 N/A 0.83 N/A
Gill net 3.33 N/A 1.46 N/A
White Sucker Trap net 55.22 0.1 - 1.0 0.60 1.1 - 3.6
Gill net 14.67 0.8 - 5.3 0.33 1.1 - 2.5
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2011 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
bluegill 175 181 0 0 0 0 0 0 361
brook trout 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 7
rainbow trout 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
splake 0 0 3 21 0 0 1 0 25
white sucker 0 198 132 126 75 0 0 0 541

For the record, the largest Kokanee Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Caribou Lake, Itasca County
    When: 8/6/71
    Statistics: 20" length, 11.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 rainbow trout yearlings 1,200 428.6
  splake fingerlings 9,775 234.1
2013 Splake fingerlings 6,950 172.0
2012 Brook Trout fingerlings 10,000 302.5
2011 Splake fingerlings 10,000 362.7
2010 Rainbow Trout yearlings 4,200 1,494.7
2009 Brook Trout fingerlings 10,000 191.2
2008 Splake fingerlings 10,013 298.0
2007 Rainbow Trout yearlings 4,200 1,527.3
2006 Brook Trout fingerlings 9,999 289.0
2005 Splake fingerlings 10,063 321.0

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

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
St. Louis Co., 69007100
Splake   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
St. Louis Co., 69007100
Splake All sizes        

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.

PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate

Status of the Fishery (as of 05/23/2011)

High Lake is a 277-acre lake with a maximum depth of 66 feet located four miles north of Ely in northeastern St. Louis County. High is a designated stream trout lake. Since 1990, rainbow trout yearlings, brook trout fingerlings, and splake fingerlings have been stocked on a rotating schedule with only one species stocked in any given year. Access to High Lake is a fairly difficult portage through Bass and Dry Lakes, or by long trails from the west off the Echo Trail or from the north off the High Fen Trail.

In the 2011, all three species of trout were sampled with splake being the most abundant with a catch rate similar to that in the 2005 assessment. In 2011, sampled splake ranged in length from 9.3 inches to 28.0 inches with a mean length of 14.3 inches and weight of 1.5 pounds. For brook trout, lengths ranged from 8.4 inches to 11.7 inches with a mean length of 9.7 inches. Only one rainbow trout was sampled that was 13.1 inches long.

Near-shore sampling employing trap nets was conducted for the first time since 1985. Along with trout, white sucker and bluegill were abundantly sampled. Because these species compete for the same food sources as trout, the suckers and bluegills caught were removed from the lake.

For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
650 Hwy 169
Tower, MN 55790
Phone: (218) 753-2580
Internet: Tower Fisheries

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 C0884 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

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