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Round Lake

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

How big is Round Lake?
Round Lake is approximately 634 sq acres (2.6 sq km) in size with 4 miles (6.0 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Round Lake?
Round Lake is approximately 59 feet (18.0 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Common Shiner, Fathead Minnow, Hybrid Sunfish, Johnny Darter, Spottail Shiner and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Round Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Palisade, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Round 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! Round 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 Round Lake?
Today for Round Lake, fishing looks to be extremely active with peak fishing times around 7-8 am and 2-3 pm and 6-8 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Round 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 boat launches on Round Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Round 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 Round Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

History & Status of the Fishery

Round Lake is a moderate sized lake with clear water and abundant sandy shorelines located in west central Aitkin County. There is a county owned public access with a concrete log ramp in the southwest corner of the lake. The fish community consists of several popular species, many with favorable size structure.

Walleye were first stocked into Round Lake in the 1960's and have been stocked regularly since 1981 at various rates and frequencies. The current walleye population is largely the result of fry stocking, which has occurred in alternate years since around 1997. The walleye catch of 5.8 per gill net was within the normal range for similar lakes and above the goal set in the management plan of 5.0 per gill net. Age analysis revealed that natural reproduction does occur and 25% of the catch was from non-stocked years. The 2009 year-class, a fry stocked year, accounted for 40% of the catch and should provide good angling opportunities in the coming years. These fish ranged from 10 to 15 inches at the time of this survey. Combining the catch from all survey gears, sizes ranged from 7 to 29 inches with an average of 14.8 inches and 1.4 pounds.

The northern pike catch has decreased in each survey since 1992, and the 2012 catch of 4.7 per gill net followed this trend. Size of pike was good and ranged from 14 to 34 inches with an average of 22 inches and 2.5 pounds. Growth was also good with pike reaching 24 inches in five growing seasons. Anglers are encouraged to recycle the larger pike to maximize anglers' fishing experiences and to maintain a good pike size structure.

Largemouth bass anglers should have ample opportunities to catch good sized fish. Although only 11 fish were captured in standard survey gear, spring night electrofishing was conducted to provide additional information on the status of the population. This survey collected 56 bass in one hour of sampling, ranging from 10 to 19 inches with an average of 14.6 inches and 1.8 pounds.

Panfish populations continue to persist at low densities with fast growth. Bluegill abundance decreased from the previous survey to 5.4 per trap net but size structure improved. Most of the sample (69%) was greater than 7 inches in length and growth was good with fish reaching 5.4 inches in four growing seasons. Few black crappie were collected in survey nets, but individuals over 13 inches were sampled.

Yellow perch abundance decreased from the last survey to 8.8 per gill net, but was still within the normal range. In 2012, the catch was well below the average from the previous nine surveys of the lake dating back to 1955 of about 30 per gill net. This decrease in the population is a cause for some concern given the importance of perch as a prey item for all gamefish species in the lake. Shallow vegetated areas provide perch with cover and spawning habitat and should be protected to the extent possible to maximize the natural resilience of the population.

What is the average air temp for Round Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Round 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 Round Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 5 state parks in the vacinity of Round 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 Round Lake...
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Moulton Lake 5.7 mi 258 24 ft
Starry Lake 5.9 mi 82 23 ft
Brown Lake 6.6 mi 87 40 ft
Bass Lake 6.8 mi 71 38 ft
Blind Lake 6.9 mi 321 17 ft
Clear Lake 7.2 mi 562 24 ft
Coon Lake 7.9 mi 52 102 ft
Snodgrass Lake 8.1 mi 65 23 ft
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