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Big Sandy Lake

Aitkin County - Minnesota
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Big Sandy Lake is a large natural freshwater lake located in Aitkin County, Minnesota. The lake covers an area of approximately 6,088 acres and has a maximum depth of 84 feet. Big Sandy Lake is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other recreational activities.

Big Sandy Lake is known for its excellent fishing, particularly for walleye, northern pike, and bass, which are all prized game fish. The lake is also home to a variety of other fish species, such as muskie, crappie, and sunfish, making it a popular spot for anglers.

In addition to fishing, Big Sandy Lake offers a variety of other recreational opportunities, such as boating, swimming, and hiking. The lake has several public boat ramps and marinas, as well as several beaches for swimming and sunbathing. The surrounding Big Sandy Lake State Park has several hiking trails, picnic areas, and camping facilities for visitors to enjoy.

The lake and its surrounding area are also rich in cultural and historical significance. The area was historically inhabited by the Ojibwe people, and several Ojibwe communities still reside in the area. The park has several historical sites and museums that commemorate the area's logging history, including a logging camp and a museum dedicated to the life of a legendary Minnesota lumberjack named Paul Bunyan.

Overall, Big Sandy Lake is a beautiful and diverse destination that offers a wide range of recreational opportunities and natural attractions for visitors to enjoy. Whether you are an angler, boater, hiker, or history enthusiast, Big Sandy Lake and the surrounding state park have something for everyone to enjoy.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Sandy Lake, MN

How big is Big Sandy Lake?
Big Sandy Lake is approximately 6,125 sq acres (24.8 sq km) in size with 57 miles (91.7 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Big Sandy Lake?
Big Sandy Lake is approximately 84 feet (25.6 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Big Sandy 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, Burbot, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Big Sandy Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Blackchin Shiner, Cisco (Tullibee), Common Shiner, Fathead Minnow, Hybrid Sunfish, Johnny Darter, Lake Whitefish, Logperch, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Spottail Shiner, Tadpole Madtom, Trout-Perch and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Big Sandy Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include McGregor, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Big Sandy 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! Big Sandy 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 Big Sandy 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 Big Sandy 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 Big Sandy Lake?
We know of 4 public boat launches on Big Sandy 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 Big Sandy 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 Big Sandy Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Big Sandy 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?

Explore the Big Sandy Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What aquatic invasive species are found in Big Sandy Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Big Sandy Lake including flowering rush.

Join us in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species These sneaky creatures can hitch a ride on boats, clinging onto propellers, anchor lines, and trailers. They can even survive in hidden places like bilge water and ballast tanks, or disguise themselves in dirt and sand that sticks to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. But don't worry, we have the power to stop them in their tracks with just a few simple steps. So let's do our part and protect our waters from these unwanted invaders.

History & Status of the Fishery

Fall night electrofishing was conducted on 10/10/2023 to monitor natural reproduction, specifically the abundance of young-of-the-year (YOY) and yearling (age 1) Walleye. This survey is intended to provide information on Walleye recruitment and has been conducted annually since 2009.

The total sample time was 2 hours, resulting in a YOY Walleye catch rate of 122/hour (rates reported as run time). All 8 standard stations were able to be used in the CPUE calculation. Catch rates from previous surveys have ranged from 9 to 138/hour with the exception of 2013, which had an extremely high catch of 490/hour.

Total lengths of YOY Walleye ranged from 4 inches to 6.8 inches and averaged 5.7 inches, which was similar to previous assessments on Big Sandy (2009-2022 average length of 5.6 inches).

The catch rate for age 1 Walleye was 25 per hour and has a long-term average of 38/hour. Overall, natural reproduction appears to be higher in years since the regulations were implemented (median YOY catch rate of 20/hr pre-reg vs 44/hr post-reg), suggesting a possible benefit of the regulation to Walleye reproduction.

Fall night electrofishing should continue as staff time permits to continue to evaluate natural reproduction and to determine whether the catch rate of either YOY or age 1 Walleye is a meaningful predictor of recruitment to harvestable size on this lake. It's important to note that only 1 netter was allowed to be used in 2020 due to protocol restrictions stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, which may have affected catch rates slightly. Two netters have been used again, to be directly comparable with the entire time series.

What is the average air temp for Big Sandy Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big Sandy 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 72°F (22°C) to a low around 48°F (9°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 Big Sandy Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Big Sandy Lake.

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

Big Sandy Lake Reviews
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luke j.
4 star rating
Good summer lake. No good for pike spearing. Visual depth is only about 2 or 3 feent
Reviewed Feb 28, 2016
stan s.
4 star rating
Great for walleyes - if you know the 6 square miles of water. It has trophy Northerns in this lake - use big sucker minnows
Reviewed Jun 21, 2014

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