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Bass Lake

Becker County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bass Lake, MN


How big is Bass Lake?
Bass Lake is approximately 130 sq acres (0.5 sq km) in size with 3 miles (4.5 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bass Lake?
Bass Lake is approximately 48 feet (14.6 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Blackchin Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Central Mudminnow, Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter and White Sucker.



What are the closest cities to Bass Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Pine Point, MN and Osage, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Bass 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! Bass 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 boat launches on Bass Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Bass 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 Bass 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

Bass Lake is a small (128 acre), relatively deep (48 foot maximum depth) lake located in east-central Becker County. Its ecological lake classification is class 29. The lakeshore is not heavily developed, but Becker County Highway 39 skirts along the entire east shore. The county-owned boat access is located near the middle of the east shore in Chilton Park.

When initially surveyed in 1963, Bass Lake's fish populations were dominated by largemouth bass, black crappie, and yellow perch. More recently, however, net catches of those three species have declined while those of northern pike and bluegill have increased. Bass Lake is a prime example of how over-stocking can affect a lake's fishery. Northern pike were frequently stocked into Bass Lake between 1960 and the early 1980's. By the time the 1978 survey was conducted, northern pike net catches had increased from 1.8 pike per net to 9.8 per net. Since 1991, pike catches have remained high and the 2011 catch rate was over 15 northern pike per net. Northern pike replaced largemouth bass as the lake's primary predator and were likely responsible for the heavy decline in yellow perch catches. Yellow perch gill net catches declined from 34.8 per net in 1963 to 2.0 per net in 1978. Northern pike stocking was discontinued but the damage was already done to the perch forage base in Bass Lake. Despite low numbers of yellow perch (preferred forage), northern pike growth rates remain normal (21.3 inches in four years). Pike sampled in 2011 averaged 2.4 pounds and 21.6 inches. Sizes of pike caught in test nets ranged from 12.8 to 32.2 inches.

Although sunfish were reportedly stocked as fingerlings in 1947, none were caught in test nets until after a second stocking of bluegill fingerlings in 1981. Bluegills have continued to proliferate in Bass Lake since then, likely helped by the decline of yellow perch. Experimental trap net catches declined from the historical high in 2004 to 18.7 bluegills per net in 2011. Bluegill growth rates are slow in Bass Lake compared to other Minnesota lakes and none over eight inches were found. However, there seems to have been a slight improvement in growth rates since 2004 when abundance was very high.

Other sampled gamefish species included largemouth bass and black crappie. Largemouth bass catches seem to be holding at a lower level than what was observed during the initial survey while the once abundant crappie catches have remained quite low. It seems likely that northern pike and bluegill stocking may have been responsible for declines in crappie and perch populations. Walleye were occasionally stocked into Bass Lake in the past but failed to produce much of a fishery. Walleyes have not been stocked since 1991.

Small lakes like Bass Lake are sensitive to even minor changes in fish populations and nutrient input. Lakeshore owners are encouraged to use practices that reduce nutrient and sediment inputs into the lake. Anglers are encouraged to release northern pike larger than 24 inches and bluegills larger than seven inches in length and keep smaller ones for eating.


What is the average air temp for Bass Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bass 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 54°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 Bass Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Bass Lake.

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

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