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Farm Island Lake

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

How big is Farm Island Lake?
Farm Island Lake is approximately 2,003 sq acres (8.1 sq km) in size with 15 miles (23.7 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Farm Island Lake?
Farm Island Lake is approximately 56 feet (17.1 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Farm Island 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, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Farm Island Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Banded Killifish, Blackchin Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Brook Silverside, Brook Stickleback, Cisco (Tullibee), Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Logperch, Mottled Sculpin, Sand Shiner, Spottail Shiner, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Farm Island Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Deerwood, MN, Aitkin, MN and Garrison, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Farm Island 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! Farm Island 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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What are the best fishing times for Farm Island Lake?
Today for Farm Island Lake, fishing looks to be fairly active with peak fishing times around 8-10 am and 12-1 pm and 5-6 pm and 8-9 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Farm Island Lake Fishing Forecasts section. Lake-Link Pro users can acess fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and dial into species specific data.

Are there topographical lake maps available Farm Island 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 Farm Island 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 Farm Island Lake?
We know of 2 public boat launches on Farm Island 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 Farm Island 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 Farm Island Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Farm Island 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 Farm Island 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 Farm Island Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Farm Island Lake including zebra mussel.

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

Farm Island Lake is a large and popular lake located about seven miles south of Aitkin. There are two public accesses with concrete log ramps, one in the northeast and one in the southwest portion of the lake. Sand is the primary substrate around much of the lake, but scattered muck, silt, gravel, and rubble areas create diverse aquatic habitats. Consequently, aquatic vegetation is also diverse with a variety of emergent, floating-leaf, and submerged species present. Curly-leaf pond weed is also present. Healthy aquatic plant communities help to break wave action and prevent erosion, stabilize bottom substrates, maintain water clarity, and provide adult spawning and juvenile rearing habitat for numerous aquatic organisms. This survey was delayed by one week due to flood conditions on the lake. Water levels were still very high and an emergency "NO WAKE" restriction was in place to protect the shoreline from erosion during the course of the survey. An important item to consider when reviewing the data associated with this survey is that the survey took place in late summer during a period of extreme heat, calm winds, and high humidity, with unusual water level conditions. These kinds of environmental conditions can have adverse effect on fish metabolism and movement, which may affect catch rates. Walleye have been stocked regularly since 1922, at a variety of sizes and frequencies. The current strategy calls for stocking walleye fry annually beginning in 2017. This is a change from fry stocking in three of four years, while leaving non-stocked years to evaluate the amount of natural reproduction. Fall electrofishing and gill net assessments have shown lower recruitment of natural fish in comparison to fry stocked year classes, suggesting natural reproduction is still inadequate to maintain the fishery. Age analysis found 10 year-classes and revealed that limited natural reproduction still occurs at a low level. A special regulation protecting walleye 16"-19" has been in place since 1996 to improve angler catch rates of those sizes of fish, and has largely been successful. Recently, walleye assessment catch rates have fallen to 4.7/net (2016), which is below the desired threshold for the current management plan. The two year classes not stocked (2010 and 2014) would typically account for an additional 2 fish per net, whereas they tallied only 0.7/net in 2016. The new stocking strategy should remedy the current situation by reducing the chance for a weak year class, which should boost catches back above the 6 per net range by the next survey. Northern pike catches decreased from (11.8/gill net) 2013 to (6.8/gill net) 2016 and are within the normal range for lake type, this marks the first survey that pike have been below 8/gill net since 1995. As is typical for this lake, size was poor with a mean length of 20" and mean weight of 1.6 pounds. There is a small contingent of larger pike in the lake that can play an important role in regulating survival and growth of various species. Anglers should consider releasing fish greater than 24" to help protect the vital function these fish provide, and allow additional opportunities for others. Largemouth bass anglers will find ample habitat to fish. While bass are not typically sampled in high numbers by standard survey gear, several year classes were identified and fish up to nearly 18" were captured. Low numbers of adult smallmouth bass can also be found in Farm Island Lake. Black crappie and bluegill catches did not vary much from recent surveys. Black crappie catches have been fairly stable, ranging from 0 to 2 per gill net in the last 3 decades. The catch rate of 0.7/gill net, in 2016, was slightly less than the previous survey, but was well within the normal range for this lake. Size structure was favorable in 2016, with a mean length of 8.5" in gill nets and 10.5" in trap nets. Bluegill trap net catches were 10.9/net, which is similar to three previous three surveys, back to 2010. Bluegills had a mean length of 5.5 inches and fish up to 10 inches were sampled. The lake does produce quality-sized fish of both species. The lake also supports a small population of tullibee (northern cisco), a species that requires adequate coldwater habitat to survive. Temperature and oxygen monitoring conducted from 2009 to 2016 indicate only marginal habitat is available to tullibee in most years. The lake will continue to be monitored for any changes to thermal habitat that could affect the fish community.

What is the average air temp for Farm Island Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Farm Island 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 53°F (12°C) to a low around 32°F (0°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 Farm Island Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 4 state parks in the vacinity of Farm Island Lake.

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

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steve e.
Hudson , WI
5 star rating
Walleye are elusive but big
Reviewed Jun 19, 2018

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