Fish Surveys

Fish surveys are often conducted to support a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study or a Sustainable Lake Management Plan (SLMP). These plans and studies help guide lake management by considering the input a lake is receiving from the landscape (nutrients, sediment, etc.) plus the internal condition of the lake's water quality, fish population, and plant life. 

The type, size, and number of fish found tell a story about how healthy the lake is and what future management actions would be relevant. Fish populations are great indicators of water quality and can also help identify less obvious issues in the lake. 

Fish surveys may not require immediate management efforts such as stocking or carp/bullhead harvesting. In these cases, VLAWMO keeps the reports on file to serve as a reference point for future surveys or studies.

Visit the waterbody page for more surveys, reports, and detailed information about the lakes listed here and more. 

Gem Lake Fish Survey Report

Wilkinson Lake Fish Survey Report

Birch Lake Fish Survey Report


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Birch Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Efforts

Efforts to remove Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curly-leaf Pondweed

4th and Otter Woodland Restoration

A woodland restoration at a key location adjacent to Birch Lake in White Bear Lake.

Birch Lake Sand-Iron Stormwater Filter

An iron-enhanced sand filter at the intersection of 4th St. and Otter Lake Road. The filter helps reduce nutrients entering Birch Lake with stormwater runoff.

Birch Lake North Shoreline Restoration

A 150 foot stretch of lakeshore on Birch Lake, in White Bear Lake was improved in the summer of 2010. In 2011-2012, an additional 700 feet of shoreline was restored on either side of the original planting area.

Charley Lake Channel Restoration

The channel between Charley Lake and Pleasant Lake in North Oaks was showing signs of serious erosion.

Deep Lake Channel Restoration

This project will restore approximately 125 feet of shoreline in the Deep Lake Channel, just before it enters Pleasant Lake. The project will be completed in Fall 2015.
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