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Deepwater Lake is located in St. Louis County, Minnesota. This lake is 22 acres in size. It is approximately 37 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Brown Trout, Northern Pike and Splake.
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Deepwater Lake.
Deepwater Lake is a 22-acre lake located nine miles north of Chisholm, MN. The lake has a maximum depth of 37 ft and a littoral area of 13 acres. Access to the lake is by a 2 mile USFS trail from the north. Stream trout were stocked prior to 1993, however, no stocking occurred from 1993 to 2001 due to difficulty transporting fish to the lake. This assessment evaluates the reintroduction of stream trout stocking since 2001. A dissolved oxygen and temperature profile was collected on September 5, 2007. Temperature varied from 69 to 66 F in the top 17 ft above the thermocline. Below 17 ft oxygen was less than 4 ppm and would not sustain trout. Although the temperaure was approaching 70 F, it appears cool enough to sustain trout. Brown trout fingerlings were stocked in 2001 and 2005. The trap net catch rate was 1.3/net and an additional 10 fish were sampled in an overnight gill net. These catch rates are good compared to other area stream trout lakes and indicate a healthy population. Size structure from these two-year classes was good with fish varying in length from 14 to 24 inches. The presence of larger brown trout indicated excellent survival and growth. Splake were stocked in 2003 and the catch rate in trap nets was 0.6/net. No splake were sampled in the gill net. Size structure was good with fish varying in length from 20 to 25 inches. Abundance was excellent considering these fish were stocked four years ago. Golden shiner catch rate was 5.2/trap net, which indicates this important prey species was still available. Two minnow traps did not sample any species in 2007. Minnow traps set in 2001 sampled several minnow species including abundant golden shiners. Reintroduction of stream trout has caused an expected decline in the minnow population through predation. Recent brown trout and splake stockings have reestablished a quality fishery in Deepwater Lake. It is likely that abundance will decline in the future because the prey base has declined since the initial stocking in 2001. As word spreads of this fishery, angler harvest will also be expected to increase.
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