Hazel Lake (DOW #11-0295; Lake Class 21) is a 14.7 acre lake located near Longville, MN. There is a US Forest Service owned public access located on the south shore of the lake at the end of a US Forest Service trail. Hazel Lake has 0.71 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 38 feet. Hazel Lake offers rainbow trout fishing in a remote, wilderness-like setting. The lake is totally within the Chippewa National Forest and the shoreline is undeveloped. Because of its small size, the lake is ideal for canoes or float tubes. Hazel Lake is one of four lakes in the Walker Fisheries Management Area stocked annually with Rainbow Trout. The other designated stream-trout lakes in the Walker Management Area are Diamond, Perch, and Teepee Lakes.
Hazel Lake was first used as a stream trout lake in 1959 after being reclaimed. Rainbow Trout do not reproduce in this lake and the population is instead supported entirely by stocking to provide unique angling opportunities. The average length of Rainbow Trout sampled in 2015 was 12 inches and lengths ranged from 10 to 17 inches. Historically, Hazel has had some over summer-winter survival leading to larger fish. The majority of fish captured were likely from 2014 or previous stockings, offering opportunities for larger fish. Catch rates were also the highest since 2006. In addition annual spring stockings should provide anglers Rainbow Trout during the summer season. In January 2015, Hazel Lake was opened to winter trout fishing and provided increased opportunities for trout anglers in the Walker area.
People can have significant impacts on lakes and the fish populations they support. Harvest, lakeshore development, removal of shoreline vegetation, and introductions of invasive species can all adversely affect fish populations. Currently no aquatic invasive species (AIS) have been identified in Hazel Lake. AIS are moved from infested to non-infested waters by anglers, boaters, and lake shore owners and can adversely impact lakes and fish populations. To avoid spreading AIS, lake users are required to remove all aquatic plants or animals from their watercraft and drain all water from their boat before leaving the access. If you suspect an infestation of an invasive species in this lake, save a specimen and report it to a local natural resource office. Additional information on all of these topics can be found on the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us) or by contacting the Walker Area Fisheries office.