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Byllesby Lake

Dakota County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Byllesby Lake, MN

How big is Byllesby Lake?
Byllesby Lake is approximately 1,368 sq acres (5.5 sq km) in size with 14 miles (22.4 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Byllesby Lake?
Byllesby Lake is approximately 50 feet (15.3 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Bluntnose Minnow, Emerald Shiner, Freshwater Drum, Golden Redhorse, Golden Shiner, Greater Redhorse, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Quillback, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.

Are there places to stay in the Byllesby 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! Byllesby 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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What are the best fishing times for Byllesby Lake?
Today for Byllesby Lake, fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 8-10 am and 8-9 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Byllesby Lake Fishing Forecasts section. Lake-Link Pro users can acess fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and dial into species specific data.

Are there topographical lake maps available Byllesby 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 Byllesby 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 Byllesby Lake?
We know of 2 public boat launches on Byllesby 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 Byllesby Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What aquatic invasive species are found in Byllesby Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Byllesby Lake including flowering rush.

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

Lake Byllesby is a 1,435 acre impoundment on the Cannon River created by a hydroelectric dam. A fisheries population assessment was conducted on Lake Byllesby in June, 2014. Assessment work consisted of standard lake survey netting using gill nets and trap nets. The last assessment netting on Lake Byllesby was completed in 2008. Previous years assessments were usually completed in mid-July. The assessment was moved to early June in 2014 to try to determine if fish numbers and catch rates were affected by seasonal migrations out of the reservoir and back into the Cannon River. Catch rates of most gamefish species were similar to past surveys.

High turbidity levels from runoff and excessive algal blooms limit submersed vegetation and likely impact the fishery. The reservoir is affected by excessive sediment loading in the upper reaches and much of the upper lake consists of shallow sand and mud flats at normal flow and lake levels. The fish community is similar to many reservoirs with a diverse fish population that includes many riverine species. Lake Byllesby can provide a fair fishery, especially in winter when many fish houses are present. Anglers typically target Black Crappie and Walleye. The reservoir may provide over-winter habitat for walleye and other species that move downstream from the Cannon River.

What is the average air temp for Byllesby Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Byllesby 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 58°F (15°C) to a low around 41°F (5°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 Byllesby Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Byllesby Lake.

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

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