Lake information report

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Nearest Town: On N edge of Aurora
Primary County: St. Louis
Survey Date: 06/05/1995
Inventory Number: 69-0428-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Unknown Parking area and 100 yd walk-down access on W end of pit.
City Unknown Walk-down SE corner of Pit along old haul road. Ownership is questionable.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 100.00
Littoral Area (acres): 8.40
Maximum Depth (ft): 381.00
Water Clarity (ft): 32.00

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

Did you know? The DNR Section of Fisheries has a full-time staff of 285. There are 4 regional and 28 area fisheries offices.

Fish Sampled up to the 1995 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Brook Trout Gill net 0.3 N/A - N/A 0.46 N/A - N/A
Rainbow Trout Gill net 0.3 N/A - N/A 0.56 N/A - N/A
White Sucker Gill net 1.2 1.7 - 5.0 1.15 1.6 - 2.4
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 1995 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
Brook Trout 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Rainbow Trout 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2

For the record, the largest Goldeye taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs., 13.1 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Root River near Hokah
    When: 6/10/01
    Statistics: 20.1" length, 11.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Rainbow Trout* yearlings 990 330.0
2011 Rainbow Trout* yearlings 1,050 350.0
2010 Rainbow Trout yearlings 2,100 700.0
2009 Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,050 350.0
2008 Rainbow Trout yearlings 2,100 700.0
2007 Rainbow Trout yearlings 2,100 700.0
2006 Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,500 500.0
2005 Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,500 500.0

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

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Status of the Fishery (as of 06/05/1995)

Six gillnets set in depths ranging from 10' to 95' captured only four trout and seven white sucker. This is an average of 1.8 fish/gillnet (all species), which is far below average, and continues a downward trend of fish populations in this lake since the initial assessment in 1983.

Trapnets, which are normally also used for fish population assessments, have never been used in St. James Pit due to the steep dropoff of the shoreline.

The captured trout (two rainbow and two brook) ranged is size from 10.5" to 12.7". They had been eating insects and were in good condition.

Absent in this assessment were bluegill sunfish, largemouth bass, black crappie, and walleye, all of which had been observed in two or more previous assessments.

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 C2902 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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