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Big Sugar Bush Lake

Becker County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Sugar Bush Lake, MN

How big is Big Sugar Bush Lake?
Big Sugar Bush Lake is approximately 522 sq acres (2.1 sq km) in size with 14 miles (23.0 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Big Sugar Bush Lake?
Big Sugar Bush Lake is approximately 42 feet (12.8 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish and White Sucker.

Are there places to stay in the Big Sugar Bush 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 Sugar Bush 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 Big Sugar Bush Lake?
Today for Big Sugar Bush Lake, fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 4-5 pm and 8-9 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Big Sugar Bush 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 Big Sugar Bush 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 Sugar Bush 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 Sugar Bush Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Big Sugar Bush 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 Sugar Bush 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

Big Sugar Bush is a 472-acre, scenic lake with many bays and peninsulas, located in north-central Becker County within the White Earth Reservation. Water clarity remains high with an average secchi disk reading of 18.4 feet and many lakeshore property owners have retained natural shoreline characteristics that preserve aesthetic and water qualities. A diverse fish community provides a variety of angling opportunities.

The northern pike gill net catch in 2012 was 11.9 per net which was the highest catch rate for pike since 1964. Young fish dominated the sample with two and three year old fish accounting for nearly 90% of the sample. Northern pike growth rates were similar to statewide averages, but it still takes about seven or eight years to grow a rare, 30-inch pike in Big Sugar Bush. The average length of northern pike sampled was 18.3 inches.

Increased walleye fry stocking in the late 1990's and early 2000's did not produce successful year classes or improve the walleye test net catches. Consequently, stocking plans reverted to fingerlings at an increased rate beginning in 2004. After two evaluation periods, walleye catches have increased. The walleye gill net catch rate in 2012 of 4.4 per net was slightly higher than catch rates in the past seven evaluations, but still below the management goal of 5.0 walleyes per net. Some anglers also reported better walleye fishing during the past few years. The current stocking regimen will likely be maintained for at least one more evaluation cycle (five years) before any potential changes are made. If it is determined that this stocking scheme is achieving the long range goal it will probably be maintained.

Bluegill trap net catches have declined to the lowest level in history. While the catch rate of 12.8 bluegills per net is still within the normal range for similar lakes, it is about half the previous low found in 2002. Sampled bluegills were from two to 10 years old (most were age five or six) and they exhibited a slow growth rate of 5.1 inches in four years which was typical for this lake. The mean length of the bluegills sampled was 7.0 inches and several over eight inches were found.

Yellow perch, black crappie, largemouth bass, brown and yellow bullhead, hybrid and pumpkinseed sunfish, and white sucker were also found during test netting. Bass averaged 10.4 inches while crappies averaged 9.0 inches in length.

Preserving and restoring natural vegetation is critical in preserving water quality, fish habitat, and the entire lake ecosystem. Lakeshore residents continue to work to protect natural shoreline and lake vegetation. For example, the active lake association has been instrumental in acquiring and donating a large peninsula as a wildlife management area. This group has also opposed large-scale shoreline development projects that they feel would forever change the character of Big Sugar Bush Lake.

What is the average air temp for Big Sugar Bush Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big Sugar Bush 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 49°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.

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Big Sugar Bush Lake...
St. Clair Lake 2.5 mi 100 29 ft
Little Sugar Bush Lake 2.9 mi 221 29 ft
Island Lake 3.1 mi 1,179 38 ft
Net Lake 4.1 mi 230 47 ft
Eagen Lake 4.2 mi 76 16 ft
Bass Lake 4.3 mi 126 50 ft
Strawberry Lake 4.4 mi 1,498 40 ft
Johnson Lake 5.0 mi 161 30 ft
Buffalo Lake 5.2 mi 418 38 ft
White Earth Lake 6.0 mi 1,989 120 ft
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