Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Neighborhood Fishing Lakes

It's true: You can go fishing close to your home in Eagan! Click on the map, lake tabs, and "Jessie's Tips and Tackle Box!”

 

Eagan Neighborhood Fishing Guide

Bald Lake

Size: 10.3 acres Max. Depth: 8.5 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Yankee Doodle Rd. Access #1: E 1 mi. to Lexington Ave., S 1 ¼ mi. to Northview Park Rd., E ¾ mi. to woodchip trail in Wandering Walk Park. Access #2: E 2 mi. to Elrene Rd., S 1 ¼ mi. to hard trail between Bridle Ridge Rd. and Canter Glen Dr. No off-street parking. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: SE shore.

Fish Species:

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X    
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X         

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills and largemouth bass.

Water Quality Report: Good transparency most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult.

Protection and Management Plan:

  • aeration to prevent winter fish kills; restocking as needed
  • neighborhood street sweeping
  • public education and involvement
  • stormwater ponding
  • stormwater pond and system improvements (2019)

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and limited access.

Blackhawk Lake

Size: 37.7 acres Max. Depth: 10 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Pilot Knob Rd., S ½ mi. to Deerwood Dr., W 1 mi. to Murphy Pkwy., N ¼ mi. to Blackhawk Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: Pier, canoe launches, and bridge along S shore. Along N and S shores. Fishing deck on NE shore.

Fish Species: (see Fish Consumption Advisory)

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X X X   X

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Good water clarity most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult.

Protection and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil; Stormwater drainage from very large area.

Bur Oaks Pond

Size: 9.4 acres Max. Depth: 9.5 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Yankee Doodle Rd., E 2½ mi. to Hwy. 149, N ¼ mi. to Rolling Hills Dr., E 0.1 mi. to Bur Oaks Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: NW and S shores.

Fish Species:

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
  X      

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, and northern pike. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Good water clarity most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult. Partial winter fish kill (2015).

Protection and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and limited access.

Carlson Lake

Size: 11.3 acres Max. Depth: 19 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Diffley Rd., N ¼ mi. Pilot Knob Rd., S ½ mi. to Wilderness Run Rd., E 0.1 mi. to Svensk Ln., N 0.1 mi. to Carlson Lake Ln. Access #1: N 0.1 mi. to Carlson Lake Park Trail. Access #2: E ¼ mi. to Dunrovin Ln., N 0.1 mi. to pier. No off-street parking. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: W and S shores. Pier on E shore.

Fish Species: MNDNR Stocking Report

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X X X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X       X

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, channel catfish, crappies, largemouth bass, and walleyes. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Diagnosed with too much phosphorus. Low transparency in summer from moderate to heavy algae blooms.

Improvement and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and limited access.

Fish Lake

Size: 31.4 acres Max. Depth: 33 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Yankee Doodle Rd., E ¼ mi. to Denmark Ave., S ¾ mi. to Fish Lake Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. NOTE: Only electric trolling motors permitted.

Fishing Locations: Pier on peninsula. N shore and E berm.

Fish Species: MNDNR Stocking Report (see Fish Consumption Advisory)

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X X X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X X X   X

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, channel catfish, crappies, largemouth bass, northern pike, and walleyes. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: No longer has too much phosphorus. Very good water clarity most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult.

Protection and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil; Stormwater drainage from very large area.

Hay Lake

Size: 20.2 acres Max. Depth: 9 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Cliff Rd., E 4 mi. Dodd Rd., N 0.1 mi. to N Hay Lake Rd., E ¼ mi. to South Oaks Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: Deck and S shore.

Fish Species:

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X        

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, and largemouth bass. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Fair water clarity most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult. Partial winter fish kill (2014).

Protection and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and limited access.

Heine Pond

Size: 7.4 acres Max. Depth: 30 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Diffley Rd., E ¾ mi. to Heine Pond Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: Deck on N shore. N and W shores.

Fish Species:

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X X       

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Water quality is among our best. Pond very deep for size with good water clarity most of summer. No direct runoff from stormwater drainage system.

Protection and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil; Limited access.

Holland Lake

Size: 32.5 acres Max. Depth: 75 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Cliff Rd., E 2¾ mi. to Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fishing Locations: Pier on N shore. N and NW shores.

Fish Species: MNDNR Stocking Report

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X X   X X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X X   X  

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and brown trout. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Water quality among best in Twin Cities metro area. Good water clarity most of summer. Fringe of aquatic plants around shoreline. Submerged plant beds in bays offer good cover for fish and other aquatic life. No runoff from nearby neighborhoods. Lake very deep for size.

Protection and Management Plan: Dakota County responsibility.

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil.

Holz Lake

Size: 9.2 acres Max. Depth: 10 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Cliff Rd., E 4 ½ mi. to Greenleaf Dr., S <0.1 mi. to Manor Dr., S ¼ mi. to Holz Farm Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: W shore.

Fish Species:

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X        

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, and largemouth bass. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Diagnosed with too much phosphorus. Fair transparency most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult.

Improvement and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and flowering rush.

LeMay Lake

Size: 36.1 acres Max. Depth: 16 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Yankee Doodle Rd., W ¼ mi. to Pilot Knob Rd., N ½ mi. to Jurdy Rd., E ¼ mi. to Moonshine Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: SW shore.

Fish Species: MNDNR Stocking Report

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X        

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, and largemouth bass. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Diagnosed with too much phosphorus. Fair transparency most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult.

Improvement and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and limited access; Stormwater drainage from very large industrial area.

McDonough Lake

Size: 16.7 acres Max. Depth: 8 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Cliff Rd., E 3¾ mi. to Lebanon Hills Regional Park. S ½ mi. to visitor center parking lot. Park hours 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fishing Locations: All but E shore.

Fish Species: MNDNR Stocking Report

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X        

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, and largemouth bass. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: No direct runoff through stormwater drainage system. Aquatic vegetation heavy in midsummer.

Protection and Management Plan: Dakota County responsibility.

Challenges:

North Lake

Size: 14.3 acres Max. Depth: 11 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Yankee Doodle Rd., E 1¾ mi. to Mike Collins Dr., N ½ mi. to Borchert Ln., SE ¼ mi to Thresher Fields Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: All but NE shore (not in park).

Fish Species: (see Fish Consumption Advisory)

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X X      

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Fair transparency most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult.

Protection and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and limited access; Stormwater drainage from large industrial area.

Schwanz Lake

Size: 12 acres Max. Depth: 12 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Cliff Rd., E 4 mi. to Dodd Rd., N ¼ mi. to Wilderness Run Rd., W ½ mi. to Trapp Farm Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: Pier on S shore. On W and S shores.

Fish Species:

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X   X    

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, and largemouth bass. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Low transparency in summer from moderate to heavy algae blooms. Neighborhood rain gardens helping to protect lake.

Protection and Management Plan:

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and ongoing maintenance of residents' rain gardens.

Thomas Lake

Size: 38.8 acres Max. Depth: 6.5 feet  Lake Map  MNDNR LakeFinder

Directions and Public Access: I-35E to Diffley Rd., E 1¼ mi. to Pilot Knob Rd., S ½ mi. to Thomas Lake Park. Park hours 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing Locations: Pier on E shore. N shore and near pavilion.

Fish Species:

Bluegill Brown Trout Bullhead Channel Catfish Crappie
X   X   X
Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Rainbow Trout Walleye
X   X    

 

 

 

 

Catch and Release: Large bluegills, crappies, and largemouth bass. Keeping bullheads and small sunfish (under 5 inches) encouraged.

Water Quality Report: Fair transparency most of summer. Heavy aquatic plant growth and floating algae mats can make fishing difficult.

Protection and Management Plan:

  • aeration to prevent winter fish kills; restocking as needed
  • neighborhood street sweeping
  • public education and involvement
  • stormwater ponding
  • stormwater pond and system improvements (2013; 2018)

Challenges: Invasive curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil; Stormwater drainage from very large area.

 

Jessie's Tips and Tackle Box

A well-equipped tackle box supports a good fishing experience. Click through our "tackle box" for fun facts, useful and interesting information, and fishing tips.

Ethics

Make fishing enjoyable, safe, and respectful for all:

  • Keep surface waters clean. Do not litter. Fishing line, bait cups, plastic bags, etc. can kill fish or wildlife that eat or get tangled in them. Properly discard litter and hooks in trash, not on the ground or in lakes!
  • Keep only fish to eat. Catch-and-Release.
  • Do not destroy aquatic vegetation. It provides habitat for fish and wildlife.
  • Respect private property and do not trespass—Ask permission first!

 

Catch-and-Release

Anglers can enjoy their sport with less harm to fish by practicing proper Catch-and-Release:

  • Use barbless hooks
  • Play fish quickly
  • Handle fish carefully, minimizing exposure to hands and air
  • Use needle-nose pliers to remove hooks
  • If throat-hooked, cut fishing line
  • Ease—don't throw—fish back into water

On Eagan lakes, keep a few large bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, northern pike, and walleyes, but keeping your limits is discouraged. Keep bullheads and small sunfish.

Turn in Poachers (TIP)

TIP Reporting (24 hours/day, 365 days/year) statewide toll-free hotline: (800) 652-9093; Also, cell phone short keys: #TIP

Turn in Poachers is a private, non-profit organization concerned about poaching problems. Persons who suspect poaching activity should get as much information as possible from observations and report violations as soon as possible. Reporters' identities can remain confidential. If an arrest is made, reporters may be eligible for a reward up to $1000, depending on the crime's seriousness, as determined by an impartial panel. Since 1981, TIP has deterred senseless waste of wildlife and is very beneficial to MN DNR law enforcement efforts.

Don't Dump Your Aquarium

Goldfish pets don't belong in lakes. They reproduce rapidly and readily survive winters. Their feeding stirs lake bottoms, mixing sediment and phosphorus into the water. This stimulates algae blooms and reduces water transparency.

Fish Facts

Common Eagan Gamefish (All illus. by C. Eckman printed with permission from MN DNR)

Bluegill sunfish (4 to 6 inches)

Food: Insects, small fish, leeches, snails, algae. Habitat: Prefer deep weed beds near open water. Spawning: Late May to early August. In colonies of 50 or more, dominant males make circular, sand nests and defend until young (fry) disperse. Fishing Tips: Try worm pieces on small hooks with bobbers.

Black crappie (6 to 7 inches)

Food: Small fish, insects, plankton. Feed at night. Habitat: Often in weed beds but also deeper, more open areas, especially in winter. Spawning: Males make circular, sand nests in spring when water is 50°F, in 1 to 3 feet of water. Females lay eggs in nests. Males fertilize eggs and guard nests until fry feed on their own. Fishing Tips: Use wax worms, minnows, jigging spoons.

Largemouth Bass (12 to 15 inches)

Food: Small fish, frogs, crayfish, insects, leeches. Habitat: Weed beds or near sunken trees or other structures in warm, shallow lakes or bays. Spawning: Males build and protect nests in early summer when water is 60°F, in 2 to 8 feet of water. Females lay eggs in nests and males fertilize them. Males guard nests until fry leave them. Fishing Tips: Use live baits, jigs, or crank baits near sunken logs, lily pads, or bass-hiding places.

Northern pike (20 to 30 inches)

Food: Small fish, frogs, crayfish. Long body ambushes with bursts of speed. Habitat: Cruise near weed beds in shallow water. Spawning: Late March, early April when water 34°-40°F. Over shallow vegetation. Fishing Tips: Use variety of live or artificial baits near plant beds.

Basic Fish Anatomy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish use fins to swim, steer, and stop. Tail muscles (peduncle) add power and speed. Fish smell and taste with pores in mouth and nares. Lateral lines of special scales on each side detect movements and vibrations in nearby water. Waste and eggs or sperm exit the vent. An operculum moves water over each set of gills for breathing.

Fishing Guide/Clinics

Eagan Neighborhood Fishing Guide

Our fishing guide has useful and interesting information for public fishing opportunities about a mile from most neighborhoods. It includes maps and directions; information about locally common gamefish; angling tips; historical lake water quality; and lawn care tips to help protect water quality. The free booklet is handy in your car or tackle box and is available at city offices.

Fishing Clinics

Eagan offers youth aged 7 to 15 free clinics to learn basic fishing skills. All equipment and bait are provided. Parents and grandparents are invited to stay and help, but usually need a Minnesota fishing license if helping a child to fish.

Hook Tying

Management

Population Surveys

We work with Minnesota DNR to survey Neighborhood Fishing Lakes using three standard techniques:

  • electroshocking
  • trap netting
  • gill netting

We weigh and measure captured fish, take scales to determine age, and then release live fish. Electroshocking directs a current that temporarily stuns fish. Trap netting near shores non-lethally collects fish. Gill netting in open water ensnares and sometimes kills fish. Every 5 years, our surveys track populations and guide future management activities (e.g., stocking). For information about DNR's fisheries lake surveys and fish stocking reports: Lake Finder.

Natural Fish Kills

Fish die naturally throughout the year, and most species are relatively short-lived. Although typical, high mortality is spread out and rarely observed. When many fish die together, it's called a "kill." Pollution or improper use of chemicals could be the cause, but most kills are natural and related to weather or environmental conditions. There are three common types of natural fish kills:

Winter Kill The most common fish kill occurs after long winters deplete dissolved oxygen in the water.

Our shallow lakes are prone to winter kills. Thick ice and snow restrict sunlight to plants that produce oxygen by photosynthesis and block air from mixing at the surface. Ongoing natural decay of excessive plants by bacteria uses oxygen. To prevent these kills, our winter aeration program provides open water and air.

Spring Kill Often spring kills are from columnaris disease.

As lakes warm in spring, we may see dead fish in shallow areas. Also called "fin rot" or "cotton mouth disease," columnaris is an infection of the bacteria Flexibacter columnare. Usual symptoms are swollen and inflamed gills and frequent skin lesions or ulcers with reddish borders. The disease runs its course in a few days, only killing some fish. Nothing practical can be done to alter a columnaris outbreak. Often a secondary infection of cottony fish fungus (Saprolegnia and related water molds) also occurs.

Summer Kill Commonly, summer kills are from oxygen depletion.

Unlike winter kills, summer kills result more from the decay process that increases greatly as temperatures warm. Many circumstances can cause summer oxygen depletion. Removal of excessive plants by herbicides may reduce oxygen production significantly. During the hottest periods, high water temperatures hold significantly less oxygen, and fish may die if winds are calm and overcast skies persist for several days. Also, prolonged winds can mix deep, oxygen-starved water throughout a lake, suffocating fish.

If you see dead fish or believe there is a fish kill in Eagan, please contact:

Eagan Water Resources
Central Maintenance Facility
3501 Coachman Point
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 675-5300

Safety/Regulations

Can You Eat the Fish?

Fish tested in many MN lakes contain mercury, including Blackhawk, Fish, and North lakes in Eagan. For your safety, here's consumption advice for all local lakes:

Children under 15 & women who are or may become pregnant:

  • bluegills, bullheads, crappies, perch: no more than once per week
  • channel catfish, largemouth bass, northern pikes up to 30 inches, walleyes less than 20 inches: no more than once per month

General Population:

  • channel catfish, largemouth bass, northern pikes up to 30 inches, walleyes less than 20 inches, other species: no more than once per week

Reduce Your Risk

  • Keep only small fish for eating
  • Remove as much fat as possible before preparing

Minnesota Department of Health Fish Advisory Program

625 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN 55164
(651) 201-4911 or toll-free (800) 657-3908

Fishing Safety

  • Please use caution near water! Lakes may drop off near shore. Wear your life jacket.
  • Supervise children near water and require flotation devices even while shore fishing.

Winter Fishing—Use Extreme Caution

No ice is completely safe. Thickness guidelines (MN DNR Ice Card):

  • less than 2 inches, stay off!
  • 4 inches for personal ice fishing
  • 5 inches for snowmobile or ATV
  • 8-12 inches for car or small truck

Fishing Regulations

Anyone fishing in Eagan is subject to current Minnesota regulations.

Winter Aeration

To prevent winter kill, aerators create open water and provide air to largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills, and other game fish. We monitor dissolved oxygen (DO) in fishing lakes during the winter and install a floating aerator if DO is below a certain level. We post "THIN ICE" warning signs because aerators create unsafe, thin-ice conditions. We don't install aerators if DO levels are acceptable for fish survival.