Fisheries Info

FISHERIES INFORMATION 

FISH STORY 

 

 

Young man with a White Bass caught just below the Cross Lake dam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 FISH STOCKED LAST 5 YEARS IN CROSS LAKE

Year Species Age Number
1999MuskellungeAdult360
 MuskellungeFingerling151
 WalleyeFingerling260
2000MuskellungeFingerling507
2001WalleyeFingerling11,802
2002MuskellungeFingerling122
 MuskellungeFingerling434
2003WalleyeFingerling7,672
 WalleyeYearling270
 WalleyeAdult136
 WalleyeYearling332
2004MuskellungeFingerling507
2005WalleyeFingerling1000 lbs (projected)

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.


DNR TRAILS AND WATERWAYS MAINTAINS LIFE LINE ABOVE DAM
  

 

DNR Trails and Waterways crew from Moose Lake setting up life line across the river this past spring to prevent boats being swept over the dam.

 

 

 

Dock at Pine City   

 

Sponsored by
Pine City
DNR
Snake River Valley Conservation Club

A start of a pleasant afternoon of fishing at Cross Lake

 


Fish of Minnesota found in the St. Croix River Watershed
Prepared by:
Jay T. Hatch - Associate Curator of Ichthyology
James Ford Bell - Museum of Natural History
University of Minnesota and
Konrad Schmidt - Nongame Fish Biologist
Division of Ecological Services
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Index:
i = introduced to the drainage, L = below Taylor's Falls, U = above Taylor's Falls, X = native to and present today in drainage, # = present prior to 1975, R = native and reintroduced, WI = Wisconsin portion of drainage. 

Fish species (Common name) St. Croix River Watershed Conservation status
chesnut lampreyX 
northern brook lampreyWISpecial concern (MN)
southern brook lampreyXSpecial concern (MN)
silver lampreyX 
American brook lampreyL
sea lamprey
lake sturgeonXSpecial concern (MN)
shovelnose sturgeonL 
paddlefishLThreatened (MN)
longnose garL
shortnose garL
bowfinX
goldeyeL#
mooneyeL#
American eelL
skipjack herringL#Special concern (MN)
alewife
gizzard shadL
central stonerollerX
largescale stonerollerU
goldfish
redside dace
lake chub
grass carp
red shiner
spotfin shinerX
carpi
gravel chub Special concern (MN)
brassy minnowX
Mississippi silvery minnow 
pallid shiner#Special concern (MN)
bighead carp
common shinerX 
redfin shiner
speckled chubL
silver chubX
pearl daceX
hornyhead chubX
golden shinerX
pugnose shinerWISpecial concern (MN)
emerald shinerL
river shinerL#
bigmouth shinerX
blackchin shinerX
blacknose shinerX
spottail shinerX
Ozark minnow Special concern (MN)
rosyface shiner
sand shinerX
weed shinerL#
Topeka shiner Endangered (Federal)
mimic shinerX
pugnose minnowL
suckermouth minnow
northern redbelly daceX
southern redbelly dace
finescale daceX
bluntnose minnowX
fathead minnowX
bullhead minnow
flathead chub
blacknose daceX
longnose daceX
creek chubX
river carpsucker
quillbackX
highfin carpsuckerL
longnose sucker
white suckerX
blue suckerXSpecial concern (MN)
northern hogsuckerX
smallmouth buffaloL
bigmouth buffaloL
black buffalo Special concern (MN)
spotted suckerL
silver redhorseX
river redhorseX
black redhorse
golden redhorseX
shorthead redhorseX
greater redhorseX
black bullheadX
yellow bullheadX
brown bullheadX
blue catfishi
channel catfishX
slender madtom Special concern (MN)
stonecatX
tadpole madtomX
flathead catfishX
northern pikeX
muskellungei
central mudminnowX
rainbow smelti
lake herring (cisco)U
lake whitefishL#
bloater
kiyi Special concern (MN)
Nipigon cisco
shortjaw cisco Special concern (MN)
pink salmon
coho salmon
rainbow trouti
chinook salmon
pygmy whitefish
round whitefish
Atlantic salmon
brown trouti
brook troutX
lake trouti
trout-perchX
pirate perch Special concern (MN)
burbotX
brook silversideX
banded killifishX
starhead topminnow
plains topminnow Special concern (MN)
fourspine stickleback
brook sticklebackX
threespine stickleback
ninespine stickleback
mottled sculpinX
slimy sculpinL
spoonhead sculpin
deepwater sculpin
white perch
white bassL (See note)
yellow bass Special concern (MN)
rock bassX
green sunfishX
pumpkinseedX
warmouthLWI
orangespotted sunfish
bluegillX
longear sunfishUWI
smallmouth bassX
largemouth bassX
white crappieX
black crappieX
western sand darterL
crystal darterLSpecial concern (MN)
mud darterL
rainbow darterL
bluntnose darter
Iowa darterX
fantail darterL
least darterWISpecial concern (MN)
johnny darterX
banded darter
ruffe
yellow perchX
logperchX
gilt darterXSpecial concern (MN)
blackside darterX
slenderhead darterX
river darterL
saugerL
walleyeX
freshwater drumX
round goby
tubenose goby

Note: Table shows White Bass only below Taylor’s Falls. However, as photograph shown elsewhere in this article, White Bass are found in the Snake River, Cross lake and Lake Pokegama.

GILT DARTER  

 

 

Species of concern.

 

 

OTHER CRITTERS  

Turkey Vulture – near St. Croix Road (Pine County Road 8) and Snake River Campground Road.

Turkey Vultures are common to the area and often can be seen soaring high overhead.   While soaring, Turkey Vultures are often mistaken for eagles or hawks.