Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Ely

Nearest Town: Eveleth
Primary County: St. Louis
Survey Date: 06/04/2012
Inventory Number: 69066000
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 723.09
Littoral Area (acres): 225
Maximum Depth (ft): 70
Water Clarity (ft): 15.5 (15-16)

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


Did you know? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

Fish Sampled for the 2012 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 6.80 0.8 - 4.5 0.16 0.2 - 0.6
Gill net 4.89 0.4 - 3.3 0.13 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 56.60 3.2 - 21.2 0.25 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 17.78 N/A 0.20 N/A
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.30 0.2 - 0.9 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.30 0.3 - 12.1 0.04 0.2 - 0.2
Gill net 0.11 0.5 - 2.4 0.19 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 23.30 N/A 0.35 N/A
Gill net 3.11 N/A 0.22 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.10 0.3 - 1.2 0.44 0.2 - 0.6
Gill net 2.44 0.2 - 1.1 0.82 0.4 - 1.4
Northern Pike Gill net 2.44 1.8 - 5.5 3.99 1.9 - 3.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 12.50 1.0 - 5.2 0.31 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.22 N/A 0.22 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 15.50 0.5 - 1.8 0.29 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 2.33 0.5 - 2.2 0.27 0.2 - 0.4
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.90 0.2 - 0.7 0.62 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.33 0.5 - 2.1 1.20 0.5 - 1.4
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.11 1.4 - 13.1 0.24 0.3 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.40 0.3 - 1.1 5.02 0.8 - 2.5
Gill net 6.44 2.0 - 9.7 1.85 0.8 - 2.0
White Sucker Trap net 0.20 0.2 - 0.9 4.96 1.4 - 3.0
Gill net 1.44 2.3 - 8.7 1.80 1.5 - 2.2
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.10 0.2 - 1.8 0.73 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 0.11 0.7 - 5.3 1.11 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.30 0.3 - 2.5 0.21 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.89 1.7 - 14.1 0.16 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 2012 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 70 29 12 0 0 0 0 0 112
bluegill 133 588 0 0 0 0 0 0 726
golden shiner 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
green sunfish 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
hybrid sunfish 25 230 0 0 0 0 0 0 261
largemouth bass 0 16 7 10 0 0 0 0 33
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 11 10 1 22
pumpkinseed 18 106 0 0 0 0 0 0 127
rock bass 23 149 4 0 0 0 0 0 176
smallmouth bass 0 5 3 9 4 0 0 0 21
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 0 0 23 24 11 4 0 62
white sucker 0 1 0 3 9 2 0 0 15
yellow bullhead 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
yellow perch 2 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 20


For the record, the largest Lake Whitefish taken in Minnesota weighed 12 lbs., 4.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Leech Lake near Walker
    When: 3/21/99.
    Statistics: 28.5" length, 20" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye fingerlings 4,523 225.0
2009 Walleye* fingerlings 6,058 225.0
2006 Walleye* fingerlings 7,984 220.0

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

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
ELY
St. Louis Co., 69066000
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
ELY
St. Louis Co., 69066000
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker 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.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/04/2012)

Ely Lake is located approximately 2 miles southwest of Eveleth. It has a surface area of 827 acres and a maximum depth of 70 feet. Water clarity is very good and aquatic vegetation is abundant. Access is by concrete ramp with limited parking space.

Ely Lake has a small inlet and a fixed concrete sill dam at the outlet that is a barrier to upstream fish movement. A culvert also diverts some water to St. Mary's Lake for water supply to the City of Eveleth. Lake bottom substrates along the shoreline of Ely Lake are mostly sand and gravel. Plants are abundant along the shoreline to a depth of 15 ft; the most common plants are muskgrass and various pondweeds. The shoreline is heavily developed with homes and cottages.

Bluegill numbers in 2012 (56.6/trap net) were higher than the long term average for all assessments on this lake. The average bluegill sampled was 6.7 inches long and about 8 years old. The largest bluegill sampled was 8.7 inches.

Black crappie numbers in 2012 (6.8/trap net) were identical to the long term average for all assessments on this lake. The average crappie sampled was 6.0 inches long and about 4 years old. The largest crappie sampled was 10.4 inches.

Northern pike numbers in 2012 (2.4/gill net) were higher than the long term average for all assessments on this lake. The average pike sampled was 25.4 inches long and about 4 years old. The largest pike sampled was 30.9 inches.

Walleye numbers in 2012 (6.4/gill net) were slightly higher than the long term average for all assessments on this lake. The average walleye sampled was 16.8 inches long and about 4 years old. The largest walleye sampled was 26.4 inches.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are common in Ely Lake and are typically underestimated in our nets. Hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed and rock bass are also common.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
650 Hwy 169
Tower, MN 55790
Phone: (218) 753-2580
Internet: Tower Fisheries
E-Mail: Tower.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 B0537 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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