Campbell Lake is a 462-acre lake with a maximum depth of 25 feet located 15 miles northwest of Bemidji in Beltrami County. Campbell is part of a connected chain of lakes known as the Turtle River chain. There is a DNR public water access with a concrete ramp and parking for about 6 trucks/trailers located on the south shore of the lake accessible from County Roads 9 and 22. Campbell Lake is managed for Northern Pike, Bluegill, Black Crappie, and Walleye. Statewide fishing regulations apply to all species.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has classified Minnesota lakes based on similarities in lake basin (depth, size) water chemistry (alkalinity, water clarity) and the type of fish community present in the lake. Campbell Lake is in lake class 34. The following discussion makes comparisons between Campbell Lake and other class 34 lakes in the state. Other Bemidji area lakes in this class include Little Turtle Lake and Boot Lake.
The 2016 Northern Pike catch rate was 4.89/gill net. Northern Pike had an average size of 18.60 inches in length and 1.23 lbs/fish. The largest Northern Pike captured measured 28.58 inches in length.
The 2016 Bluegill catch was 2.56/trap net, which was low compared to previous surveys of Campbell Lake. Bluegill had a good average size of 6.94 inches in length and 0.34 lbs/fish. Campbell has a good reputation for producing quality-size Bluegill.
Few Black Crappie were captured in the 2016 assessment. The few fish captured were mostly young (age-2) fish 5.50 to 6.50 inches in length.
The 2016 Walleye catch rate was 2/gill net, which was low compared to previous surveys. Average size of Walleye was on the small side at 13.06 inches in length and 0.74 lbs/fish.
An electrofishing assessment targeting Largemouth Bass was conducted as part of the 2016 assessment. The catch rate of 8.07 bass per hour was lower than expected, although bass up to 19.84 inches in length were captured. The average size of Largemouth Bass captured was 14.28 inches in length.
Other species of fish captured in the 2016 assessment were Hybrid Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Tullibee (Cisco), Rock Bass, Bowfin, White Sucker, Yellow Perch, and Bullhead species.