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Horseshoe Lake

Cass County, MN
Cass County, MN
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Horseshoe Lake is located in Cass County, Minnesota. This lake is 225 acres in size. It is approximately 51 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed and.
225 acres
LAKE SIZE
51 feet
MAX DEPTH
ACCESS
No ramp
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Brown Bullhead
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Rock Bass
Walleye
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Pumpkinseed
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Horseshoe Lake.
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HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
Horseshoe Lake is a 225-acre lake located near Backus, MN that has 3.4 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 51 feet. There is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public access on the south shore about 0.5 mile north of State Highway 87. The DNR has classified Minnesotas lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Horseshoe Lake is in Lake Class 23; lakes in this class are deep, clear lakes. This lake is primarily managed for northern pike, largemouth bass and walleye and secondarily for bluegill, black crappie, and yellow perch. In 2005, a suite of regulations will be implemented on Horseshoe Lake. The regulation suite consist of bag limit of three for walleye, bag limit of five for black crappie, and bag limit of five for sunfish, all northern pike under 30 inches have to be release with one over 30 inches in possession, and all largemouth bass greater than 12 inches have to be released. Few northern pike were captured in Horseshoe Lake and the catch rate has been historically low for Horseshoe Lake when compared to other Lake Class 23 lakes. The mean length for northern pike was 24 inches and fish up to 28 inches were sampled. Largemouth bass were abundant in Horseshoe Lake and captured in fair numbers with three different gear types (electrofishing, gill net, and trap net). The mean length was 11 inches and fish up to 18 inches were captured. Walleye were abundant in Horseshoe Lake and exceeded the long-range management goal for Horseshoe Lake. The mean length for walleye was 15 inches and fish up to 22 inches were sampled. The size structure of walleye consist of smaller fish with 95 % of the walleye sampled smaller than 15 inches. The abundant year-classes were 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2003, which will provide some good fishing in the future. Horseshoe Lake receives some stocking but there is some good natural reproduction for walleye occurring in the lake. Other fish species that are available to anglers to catch are bluegill, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch. Anglers can help maintain or improve the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest allows for the harvest of smaller fish for table fare, but encourages release of medium- to large-sized fish. Releasing these fish can help maintain balance in the fish community in Horseshoe Lake and provide anglers the opportunity to catch more and larger fish in the future. Shoreline areas on the land and into the shallow water provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife that live in or near Minnesotas lakes. Overdeveloped shorelines cant support the fish, wildlife, and clean water that are associated with natural undeveloped lakes. The combined effects of all lakeshore owners "fixing up" their property can destroy a lakes valuable natural shorelines. Shoreline habitat consists of aquatic plants, woody plants and natural lake bottom soils. Plants in the water and at the waters edge provide habitat, prevent erosion and absorb excess nutrients. Shrubs, trees, and woody debris such as fallen trees or limbs provide good habitat both above and below the water and should be left in place. Natural lake bottom materials like silt or gravel are more ecologically productive than pure sand trucked in for a swimming beach. A tidy lawn and a sandy beach make great spots for sunbathing and swimming but do little to provide habitat for fish and wildlife. By leaving a buffer strip of natural vegetation along the shoreline, property owners can reduce erosion, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat and travel corridors for wildlife. Only if more lakeshore owners manage their shoreline in a natural condition can fish and wildlife populations on Minnesota lakes remain healthy and abundant. More specific information on protecting or restoring shorelines and watersheds is available through the local DNR Fisheries office.

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