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Sanburn Lake is located in Cass County, Minnesota. This lake is 220 acres in size. It is approximately 48 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Sanburn Lake.
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Sanborn Lake is a 233-acre lake located near Backus, Minnesota that has 2.46 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 48 feet. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has classified Minnesota lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Sanborn Lake is in Lake Class 31; lakes in this class are generally clear, productive, and with moderate depths. Nearby lakes in the same lake class are Child, Five Point, and Widow. In 1997, an experimental regulation setting a 10 sunfish bag/possession limit was initiated. The objective of this regulation was to improve the size structure of the population and increase the number of bluegills 8 inches or greater. There is a state-owned public access on the north shore. Sanborn Lake offers good opportunities for anglers seeking a variety of species. The lake is known for its bass and panfish along with good numbers of northern pike. Even though largemouth bass were not sampled in this survey, Sanborn Lake is known to have good bass fishing. Electrofishing, which is a better tool to sample largemouth bass populations, was not conducted in 2006. Northern pike abundance is above average for Lake Class 31 lakes. Fish sampled in 2006 averaged 20.75 inches in length, and fish over 30 inches in length are present. Bluegill sampled in the summer had a mean length was 4.95 inches with a range from 2.6 to 8.2 inches. Since the experimental regulation went into effect, spring trap netting results indicate that the number of fish greater than or equal to 7 inches in length has increased when compared to pre-regulation data from 1995 and 1996. Similarly, the number of fish greater than or equal to 8 inches in length has also increased when compared to the pre-regulation years previously mentioned. Black crappie abundance is less than average for Lake Class 31 lakes. Fish sampled averaged 9.2 inches in length and ranged from 7.5 to 12.2 inches. Yellow perch greater than 9 inches in length were sampled in this survey. The average length was 7.5 inches and ranged from 4.9 to 11.7 inches. Other species available to anglers are pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, walleye, white sucker, and yellow bullhead. 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 Sanborn 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. 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. 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.
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