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South Center Lake

Chisago County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About South Center Lake, MN

How big is South Center Lake?
South Center Lake is approximately 835 sq acres (3.4 sq km) in size with 12 miles (19.3 km) of shoreline.

How deep is South Center Lake?
South Center Lake is approximately 109 feet (33.2 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Bluntnose Minnow, Common Shiner, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Johnny Darter and White Sucker.

Are there fishing guides or charters for South Center Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for South Center Lake and/or the surrounding area.

What are the closest cities to South Center Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Center City, MN, Lindstrom, MN and Shafer, MN.

Are there places to stay in the South Center 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! South Center 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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Are there topographical lake maps available South Center 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 South Center 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 South Center Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on South Center 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 South Center Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What are the fishing regulations for South Center Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations South Center Lake that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 652-9093. Need a Minnesota fishing license?

Explore the South Center Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What aquatic invasive species are found in South Center Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in South Center Lake including Eurasian watermilfoil.

Join us in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species These sneaky creatures can hitch a ride on boats, clinging onto propellers, anchor lines, and trailers. They can even survive in hidden places like bilge water and ballast tanks, or disguise themselves in dirt and sand that sticks to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. But don't worry, we have the power to stop them in their tracks with just a few simple steps. So let's do our part and protect our waters from these unwanted invaders.

History & Status of the Fishery

South Center Lake is an 835 acre lake managed primarily for Walleye and Northern Pike. The lake's stocking plan was amended in 2010. Five hundred-sixty one pounds of Walleye fingerlings are now stocked annually. The shoreline is predominately sand while the water clarity is generally low due to algae growth. The lake is a popular fishing and boating destination and receives high user pressure. The public access, though large, can be filled to capacity at times. Three hundred-thirty two lake homes make for a highly developed shoreline. During the summer of 2005, the culvert connecting North and South Center lakes was replaced with a more navigation friendly bridge, which should provide easier travel between the lakes when the water level returns to normal. In stride with the lake management plan, a standard survey was conducted utilizing night electrofishing in June and gill nets and trap nets in August of 2015.

The lake currently supports a fishable population of quality size Walleye. Walleye sampled during the assessment averaged 1.6 pounds and 16.3 inches with lengths ranging from 7.9 to 23.1 inches. One-third of the Walleye catch was 17 inches or larger.

Northern Pike were more abundant than Walleye and were also of quality size. Sampled Northern Pike averaged 5.4 pounds in weight and 28.5 inches in length. The largest pike caught was 38.9 inches. In 2003, a special Northern Pike regulation was implemented following a public input meeting. Northerns between 24 and 36 inches are protected from harvest. The regulation goal is to allow continued harvest of smaller pike while increasing the lake's potential to produce trophy-sized fish.

Largemouth Bass were very abundant and, with an 11.3 inch and 0.9 pound average, larger than in all prior assessments. Twenty seven percent of the adult bass caught exceeded 14 inches in length.

Both Bluegill and Black Crappie numbers are high for the lake type. Panfish anglers should find plenty of action but those looking for a meal may have to sort through some smaller fish. In the trap nets, both Black Crappie and Bluegill displayed gains in size compared to the previous assessment. Forty-five percent of the crappies sampled were over 8 inches while 20% of Bluegill were 7 inches or longer, harvest sizes acceptable to some anglers.

What is the average air temp for South Center Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at South Center 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 29°F (-2°C) to a low around 15°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.

Are there any state parks near South Center Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 4 state parks in the vacinity of South Center Lake.

For more Minnesota State Park information see our State Park Guide.

South Center Lake Reviews
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paul t.
5 star rating
One of my favorite Minnesota lakes! Lots of shoreline, lots of deep holes and also lots of milfoil. They just closed the channel between North center and south center lakes. I have caught Bluegills, LM Bass, Perch, Crappies, northern, walleye, and bullheads here. Just last week I caught about 40 walleye in 2 days, but almost all of them were around 6 inches long. All but one of them went back in the lake. I kept a 19.5" walleye, and 18.5" LM bass, and a few 'gills. In a few years this lake should have an excellent population of decent walleye!
Reviewed Jun 14, 2005
brian p.
4 star rating
Nice size walleyes and bass
Reviewed Feb 14, 2002

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around South Center Lake...
Linn Lake 1.4 mi 177 15 ft
Pioneer Lake 1.6 mi 77 8 ft
Ogrens Lake 1.7 mi 48 41 ft
South Lindstrom Lake 1.8 mi 455 34 ft
North Lindstrom Lake 1.9 mi 142 29 ft
Kroon Lake 1.9 mi 193 30 ft
Pearson Lake 2.0 mi 25 0 ft
North Center Lake 2.1 mi 749 46 ft
Peterson Lake 2.2 mi 17 19 ft
Little Lake 2.8 mi 168 23 ft
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