Bass (Turkey) is a 433 acre lake located two miles northeast of Merrifield in Crow Wing County. The majority of the lake is shallow, with 91% less than 15' deep. Maximum depth is 38'. A small earthen access is located on the eastern shore. Water clarity is good, with a secchi disk reading of 16'. Large bulrush beds surround much of the lake. Protection of aquatic vegetation, especially emergent vegetation, is important for maintaining good water quality. Aquatic vegetation is critical for fish spawning areas as well as providing habitat for fish and other aquatic life.
Anglers looking for lots of action should target northern pike. Northern pike were abundant at 19.2/gillnet. Most were on the small side, although 14% were at least 24" in length. Northern pike up to 33.8" were sampled.
Largemouth bass were sampled in high numbers in gillnets at 2.2/net. Largemouth bass had an average length of 13.2", with bass up to 20" sampled.
Black crappies were captured in average numbers in gillnets at 3.9/net, and low numbers in trapnets 1.4/net. Most of the crappies were on the small side with an average length of 5.7" from gillnets, and 7.7" from the trapnets. For both gears combined only 13% were at least 8" in length.
Bluegills were sampled in average numbers at 12.3/trapnet. Bluegills should be of an acceptable size to anglers, with an average length of 7". Bluegills 7" and greater accounted for 63% of the trapnet catch.
No invasive species have been discovered in Bass Lake, but they are located in the local area. Before and after launching lake users are required to inspect and remove any aquatic plants and animals from their watercraft and trailers as well as pull the plug and drain all water from the watercraft, including bilges, livewells and baitwells.