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Ball Bluff Lake

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

How big is Ball Bluff Lake?
Ball Bluff Lake is approximately 168 sq acres (0.7 sq km) in size with 3 miles (4.5 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Ball Bluff Lake?
Ball Bluff Lake is approximately 78 feet (23.8 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 25 feet (7.6 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Blackchin Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Blackside Darter, Bluntnose Minnow, Brook Silverside, Central Mudminnow, Cisco (Tullibee), Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter and White Sucker.

Are there places to stay in the Ball Bluff 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! Ball Bluff 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 Ball Bluff 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 Ball Bluff 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 boat launches on Ball Bluff Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Ball Bluff Lake. Please observe any specific lake regulations posted by the boat launch and please help keep the launch area free of litter.

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

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History & Status of the Fishery

Ball Bluff Lake is located in northern Aitkin County, just south of Jacobson. Although the lake is within Savanna State Forest, riparian ownership is private except for a small public water access on the west side of the lake. The shoreline consists mainly of gently sloping mixed forests. Residential development is light with about 10 dwellings per mile of shore, ranging from seasonal recreational properties to permanent homes.

Although the lake is only 159 acres, it has steep drop-offs and reaches a maximum depth of 78 feet. Temperature and dissolved oxygen profiles are collected regularly to monitor the amount of habitat available for cold water species such as tullibee (northern cisco). The tullibee catch was the highest since 1977 at 1.8 per gill net, but survey data suggest just three year-classes have been produced over the last decade.

Walleye stocking was discontinued after 2000 due to lack of success, but anglers may still hook into an occasional fish. The walleye catch of 0.8 fish per gill net was similar to the six previous surveys dating back to 1952. Interestingly, eight of the ten walleye collected were from stocked year classes, while two fish were the result of natural reproduction.

Spring night electrofishing was conducted in June to survey the abundance and size structure of the largemouth bass population. The catch rate of 18 fish per hour of sampling, the highest of the three surveys since 1991, suggests anglers targeting this popular and sometimes acrobatic species should have plenty of opportunities. Size ranged from 5.3 to 16.9 inches and averaged 11.6 inches.

Northern pike in Ball Bluff Lake were near average for the type of lake, and although some larger fish were present, the number over 24 inches was only about 7% of our catch. Recycling of large pike is the best way to maximize enjoyment of a limited resource of quality individuals.

Panfish anglers visiting the lake will discover an abundant bluegill population. Fish caught during the 2011 survey averaged 5.5 inches, but fish up to 8.6 inches were sampled. While bluegills greater than 7 inches, accounted for 14% of the catch, the slow growth rate in Ball Bluff suggests anglers should use restraint when harvesting this species. Black crappie might be harder to locate, but the small population that persists in the lake provides some opportunity for this popular species.

In addition to the standard survey work, IBI (Index of Biotic Integrity) sampling was also conducted in 2011. IBI sampling included backpack electrofishing and seining to more broadly sample the general fish community and develop a fish-based index of overall lake health. Combining all sampling gear, eighteen species of fish were collected during the 2011 survey.

What is the average air temp for Ball Bluff Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Ball Bluff 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 Ball Bluff Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Ball Bluff 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 Ball Bluff Lake...
Little Ball Bluff Lake 0.4 mi 37 49 ft
Blackface Lake 1.6 mi 192 18 ft
Bay Lake 2.6 mi 35 36 ft
Vanduse Lake 3.5 mi 240 27 ft
Hay Lake 3.6 mi 129 32 ft
Twin Lake 5.2 mi 38 28 ft
Boot Lake 5.3 mi 79 67 ft
Cutaway Lake 6.0 mi 113 24 ft
Wakefield Lake 6.2 mi 164 69 ft
Savanna Lake 7.5 mi 86 23 ft
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