Beebe Lake is a 300-acre recreational development lake located south east of St. Michael in eastern Wright County. Beebe Lake has a maximum depth of 27 feet and the 10 year average water clarity was 6.6 feet. There is a public access located on the north side of the lake and a county park with a fishing pier and swimming beach located on the south side. The lake is popular for all types of recreational use. Beebe Lake has been stocked with Walleye fingerlings every other year since 1981 with the lake association supplementing the DNR stocking with additional fingerlings in 2005 and 2008. A standard lake was conducted in 2016 to monitor changes in the fishery from the last survey completed in 2009. In addition to the standard survey, a Bluegill assessment was conducted in May and an Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) survey conducted in July.
The catch of Northern Pike was similar from that of 2009 and was above the expected range of values for similar lakes. Pike ranged in length from 20 to 32 inches with an average length and weight of 27 inches and 4.7 pounds. Eighty percent of the Northern Pike sampled were longer than 24 inches and 30% were longer than 30 inches.
Anglers are encouraged to harvest Northern Pike under 22 inches and release the larger ones to help achieve a more balanced fish community and promote good growth rates. Lower pike numbers may also increase the success of Walleye stocking and allow Yellow Perch numbers to increase. Higher perch populations are desirable as they are an important prey species for both Walleye and Northern Pike.
The catch of Walleye was twice that observed in 2009 and above the expected range of values for similar lakes. Walleye ranged in length from 7 to 26 inches and averaged 18 inches.
Largemouth Bass were sampled during daytime electrofishing on May 20, 2016. A total of 91 Largemouth Bass were captured in 1.28 hours of effort for a catch rate of 71.3/hour. This one and a half times greater than our area daytime average of 43.3/hour. Largemouth Bass ranged in length from 4 to 19 inches with an average length of 11 inches.
The catch of Yellow Perch increased slightly from 2009 and is above the expected range of values for similar lakes. Perch range from 5 to 8 inches with an average length of 6 inches. Higher Yellow Perch numbers should improve the survival and growth of stocked Walleye.
Bluegill catches were slightly lower than previous surveys, but still within the range of expected values for similar lakes. Overall, Bluegill ranged in length from 3 to 9 inches with an average length of 6 inches.
The catch of Black Crappie was similar to previous surveys and are within the lower range of expected values for similar lakes. Black Crappie ranged in length from 5 to 11 inches with an average length of 7 inches.
The Yellow Bullhead catch was above the expected range for similar lakes, and ranged in length from 8.7 to 16 inches with an average of 13.4 inches.
Other species sampled during the surveys include: Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish and Pumpkinseed.
- Eurasian Watermilfoil
Recreational activities such as recreational boating, angling, waterfowl hunting, and diving may spread aquatic invasive species. Some aquatic invasive species can attach to boats, while others can become tangled on propellers, anchor lines, or boat trailers. Many species can survive in bilge water, ballast tanks, and motors or may hide in dirt or sand that clings to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. Fortunately, completing simple steps can prevent the transport of aquatic invasive species.