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Aitkin Lake

Aitkin County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Aitkin Lake, MN


How big is Aitkin Lake?
Aitkin Lake is approximately 659 sq acres (2.7 sq km) in size with 14 miles (21.9 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Aitkin Lake?
Aitkin Lake is approximately 35 feet (10.7 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Aitkin Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bowfin, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Aitkin Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Cisco (Tullibee), Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish, Shorthead Redhorse and White Sucker.



Are there places to stay in the Aitkin Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Aitkin Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there topographical lake maps available Aitkin Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Aitkin Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there places to eat and drink near Aitkin Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What are the fishing regulations for Aitkin Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Aitkin Lake that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 652-9093. Need a Minnesota fishing license?

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History & Status of the Fishery

Aitkin Lake is just north of Big Sandy Lake, connected via the Aitkin Lake Flowage. This natural channel from Big Sandy (~2 miles long and varying in width) is navigable, but can be quite narrow at times, especially in years of high wild rice production. Water level in Aitkin Lake is controlled at the Corps of Engineers dam on the Sandy River. Open water access to Aitkin Lake is either from Big Sandy Lake or Aitkin Lake Resort, which is the only major development on the lake. In winter, some anglers also access the lake via state lands on the east side of the lake. With the exception of some parcels in the southwest end and north side of the lake, most of the shoreline is in state ownership. Most of Aitkin Lake is shallow, heavily vegetated with wild rice, and is subject to frequent partial winterkills. A 30 foot deep basin at the northeast end of the lake maintains some oxygen and prevents total winterkills. As such, the surviving fish in the population generally exhibit faster growth rates, which often create a high quality fishery. Bluegill, black crappie, and yellow perch appear to be the primary species anglers seek on Aitkin Lake.
Since the last survey, bluegill abundance has decreased to a level below the statewide median for this lake class, and back within the historical range for Aitkin Lake. Although the average size bluegill sampled in the trap nets was 5.9 inches, several quality sized individuals were observed. Anglers should be aware of the 5 fish limit for sunfish, which was implemented to protect this quality fishery.
Black crappie abundance was within the normal range for this lake class, but is often limited by poor survival during partial winterkill periods.
Walleye abundance was low with only 5 fish sampled, which is normal for Aitkin Lake. Very limited spawning habitat and frequent winterkills are restricting walleye reproduction and survival. It is likely that walleye in Aitkin are dependent upon fish emigrating from Big Sandy Lake. Similar to sunfish, there is an experimental regulation for walleye (14-18 inch harvest slot, with one allowed over 26") for the entire Big Sandy system, including Aitkin Lake.
Northern pike were common in both gill and trap nets, but were small.
Yellow perch were the most abundant species sampled in the gill nets and were within the normal range for this lake type. The average size was 7.0 inches, and the largest was 11.2 inches long.
A channel catfish was observed for the first time in survey history. This species has likely become present in Aitkin and Big Sandy lake due to the significant flooding in 2012. White sucker, yellow and brown bullhead, bowfin (dogfish), and a few largemouth bass were also caught during the survey.


What is the average air temp for Aitkin Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Aitkin Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 49°F (9°C) to a low around 26°F (-3°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Aitkin Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Aitkin Lake.

For more Minnesota State Park information see our State Park Guide.

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Aitkin Lake...
DISTANCE ACRES MAX DEPTH
Bass Lake 1.1 mi 89 42 ft
Brown Lake 3.0 mi 87 40 ft
Brown Lake 3.0 mi 87 40 ft
Brown Lake 3.1 mi 68 28 ft
Big Sandy Lake 3.3 mi 6,088 84 ft
Glacier Lake 3.3 mi 135 60 ft
Remote Lake 4.0 mi 134 47 ft
Wakefield Lake 4.1 mi 164 69 ft
Boot Lake 4.3 mi 79 67 ft
Twin Lake 4.8 mi 38 28 ft
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