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Bear Lake

Freeborn County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bear Lake, MN

How big is Bear Lake?
Bear Lake is approximately 1,033 sq acres (4.2 sq km) in size with 7 miles (11.1 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bear Lake?
Bear Lake is approximately 6 feet (1.8 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 3 feet (0.9 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Bear Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bigmouth Buffalo, Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Northern Pike, White Crappie, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Bear Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Brook Stickleback, Fathead Minnow, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Orangespotted Sunfish, River Carpsucker, Smallmouth Buffalo, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Bear Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Emmons, MN, Lake Mills, IA and Alden, MN.

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

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History & Status of the Fishery

Bear Lake in Freeborn County is a 1,536 acre lake north of the city of Emmons. Bear Lake is currently a wildlife management lake, one of 44 lakes statewide designated as such. A DNR-owned public access is located on northeast end of the lake.

Bear Lake was surveyed the week of July 30th, 2009, to monitor the fish community. Black bullheads were the most abundant fish sampled at 89 per gill net and 38 per trap net lift. Bullhead in both gears were small, ranging between 4.5 and 10.5 inches and averaging five to a pound. Bear Lake's poor water quality is a good fit for the greatly tolerant black bullhead.

Local interest in a recreational fishery stems from catches of northern pike. Two inlets on the north end of the lake are channelized and are the deepest points on the lake. Both sites are the best locations for darkhouse spearing and winter and summer angling. Northern pike averaged 7 fish per gill net, approaching the upper quartile for class 43 lakes. Average fish weight was 1.5 pounds. Trap netted pike were larger; average fish weight was 3.4 pounds. Local anglers report historical catches of larger fish.

Bear Lake's wider connection to the Winnebago River and immediate connection to Lime Creek may be the source of the lake's crappie populations. Resident black and white crappie populations include a handful of year classes, implying not only survival in Bear Lake's shallow waters, but reproduction as well. Black crappie were not well sampled in gillnets; black crappie in trap nets were captured at a rate of 9 fish per lift. Trap netted black crappies ranged between 4.5 to 10.9 inches, with an average of 6.8 inches. White crappie also were not well sampled in gillnet. Trap netted white crappie averaged 5 fish per lift. White crappies in trapnets ranged between 5.7 and 11.4 inches, with an average of 7.6 inches.

Common carp are prolific in Bear Lake; they may be underrepresented in this survey because of their ability to break mesh in the gill net and escape. Despite losing some fish, carp exceeded the upper quartile for abundance, averaging 24 fish per gill net lift. Carp were large, averaging 4.5 pounds per fish, again exceeding the upper quartile for average fish weight. While operating the boat on Bear Lake, carp were observed jumping in the outboard motor propeller wash.

Young bigmouth buffalo were abundant at 26 fish per gill net lift. Buffalo ranged from 8 to 11 inches. No large buffalo were caught in the gill nets, but a 20 inch fish was caught in a trap net.

Yellow perch averaged 38 fish per gill net lift. Gill net perch fit into a narrow stretch of length groupings, ranging from 5.2 to 8.1 inches. Also sampled were orange-spotted sunfish, white sucker, and golden shiner.

What is the average air temp for Bear Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bear 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 31°F (-1°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 Bear Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Bear Lake.

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

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
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Silver Lake 6.2 mi 316 7 ft
Pickeral Lake 7.6 mi 588 6 ft
White Lake 9.2 mi 168 0 ft
Morin Lake 9.6 mi 21 7 ft
Fountain Lake 10.3 mi 521 14 ft
Rice Lake 10.9 mi 1,000 10 ft
Albert Lea Lake 11.1 mi 2,669 5.5 ft
Rice Lake 13.5 mi 266 4 ft
Freeborn Lake 14.1 mi 2,034 6.7 ft
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