|Nearest Town: Aurora
Primary County: St. Louis
|Survey Date: 06/10/2013|
Inventory Number: 69042800
|City||Carry-In||West end of pit, walk-in, limited parking, primarily winter use.|
|City||Concrete||Southeast shore - Concrete ramp.|
|Did you know? Lake rehabilitation projects reclaim waters suffering from habitat degradation and overpopulation of some fish species.|
|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|Rainbow Trout||Gill net||1.17||N/A||0.78||N/A|
|White Sucker||Gill net||1.83||1.7 - 5.0||1.14||1.6 - 2.4|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest Freshwater Drum (Sheepshead) taken in Minnesota weighed 35 lbs., 3.2 oz. and was caught: |
Statistics: 36" length, 31" girth
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years
|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.|
St. James Pit is a former mine pit now managed for stream trout; however it is not a designated trout lake. Its main access is a concrete ramp along the southeast shore just north of the town of Aurora. This 100 acre lake has a maximum depth of 381 feet and the water is very clear.
On June 10, 2013 the water temperature ranged from 60 F at the surface to 39 F at 100 feet. Oxygen levels were adequate for trout throughout this range. This population assessment consisted of 6 gillnets which captured two fish species, rainbow trout and white sucker.
Stocking of trout on St. James Pit began in 1984 when lake trout and rainbow trout were introduced. From 1986 to 1996 rainbows and brookies were the only species being stocked. No trout were introduced from 1997 to 2002. Since 2003, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) has taken over the stocking by providing funds and arranging to privately stock rainbows. This has freed up fish in the DNR quota, so another local designated stream trout lake can be stocked. Typically, the IRRRB has stocked the pit twice every year in the spring and fall.
The rainbow trout gill net catch rate in 2013 was 1.2 fish/net or 0.9 pounds of fish/net. Lengths ranged from 7 to 18 inches with an average of 10 inches. The average length is also slightly lower than the historical average (11 inches) and the lowest on record for the pit. Fish weights averaged 0.8 pounds/fish.
Eleven white suckers were sampled for a catch rate of 1.8 fish/net. Lengths ranged from 6 to 18 inches with an average of 13 inches which is similar to historical averages. No other fish species were surveyed.
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For general DNR Information, contact:
DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Turn in Poachers (TIP):
Toll-free: (800) 652-9093