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Bass Lake is located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. This lake is 309 acres in size. It is approximately 24 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill and Northern Pike.
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Bass Lake.
Bass is a 309 acre lake located about eight miles north of Merrifield, just west of Upper Mission Lake. A public access is located on the east shore. The lake has moderately-hard water and low phosphorus fertility. Water clarity is good for the area. About 60% of the lake is shallower than 15 feet. Shallow water soils are predominantly sandy, with some marl and muck present, as well. The aquatic plant community is fairly diverse. Emergent species in marshy areas provide important spawning habitat for northern pike. Bulrush provides preferred spawning areas for bass and panfish species. Submergent vegetation grows to a depth of about 20 feet in Bass Lake. Many species provide important fish cover, as well as feeding areas, for a wide variety of fish species. Northern pike and largemouth bass were the most abundant gamefish species taken in the 1994 testnetting. Northern pike numbers were "average" compared to similar type lakes. The catch was below that seen in the 1987 netting, but similar to catches from earlier nettings. Northern pike caught were 13-31 inches long in 94, similar to the 87 size range, however, average length was up to 25 inches and average weight increased to 4.3 lbs.. Several age classes were sampled and growth was good. Largemouth bass numbers bordered on "high" compared to similar lakes. High numbers were seen in most previous nettings. Bass collected from anglers in August of 94 ranged from 9-16 inches long, were 4-6 years old and had growth rates which varied from slow to good. All bass collected from anglers were released, live, after being weighed, measured and scale-sampled by DNR Fisheries staff. Walleyes were caught in test nets in 94 for the first time. The bluegill catch remained very high, for the second netting in a row. Ages 3-6 were sampled and growth was slow. Most bluegills caught were less than 7.0 inches long. Pumpkinseeds were present in high numbers, as well. Black crappies were present in "high" numbers. The 87 catch was "average." Most crappies were from the 1990 year class and had slow growth. Older fish seemed to have better growth. Forage fish were also abundant in Bass Lake. Yellow perch numbers were high, and up substantially from the 87 catch. Golden shiners were caught in high numbers too. White suckers were caught in "average" numbers. Brown bullheads were caught in high numbers, but only in gillnets. Yellow bullheads were caught for the first time in 94 and were also only taken in gillnets.
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