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Bad Axe Lake

Hubbard County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bad Axe Lake, MN

How big is Bad Axe Lake?
Bad Axe Lake is approximately 303 sq acres (1.2 sq km) in size with 5 miles (8.4 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bad Axe Lake?
Bad Axe Lake is approximately 39 feet (11.9 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 19 feet (5.8 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Banded Killifish, Blackchin Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Cisco (Tullibee), Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Logperch, Mottled Sculpin, Spottail Shiner and White Sucker.

Are there places to stay in the Bad Axe 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! Bad Axe 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 places to eat and drink near Bad Axe 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 Bad Axe Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Bad Axe 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

Bad Axe Lake is located in central Hubbard County, north of the town of Emmaville. Bad Axe has a surface area of 271 acres and a maximum depth of 39 feet. There is no public access. Bad Axe provides angling opportunities for northern pike, black crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different types based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Bad Axe is in lake class 25. Other area lakes in this same class include Big Mantrap, Little Mantrap, Eagle, Island, Belle Taine, and Spider.

Present and past surveys have shown that the northern pike population in Bad Axe fluctuates from low to moderate numbers. Northern pike abundance (2.0 pike/gillnet) was below the range "typical" for this lake class. Surveys from 1982 to 2000 had higher northern pike abundance, with gillnet catch rates fluctuating within the range "typical" for this lake class. Anglers will find that the proportion of large northern pike (> 28.0 inches) is high when compared to other area lakes. Northern pike exhibited fast growth rates when compared to other class 25 lakes. Muskellunge are present in Bad Axe and have been sampled in past surveys in low numbers. Bad Axe was stocked with muskellunge by the DNR from 1950 to 1969. Private, permitted stockings of muskellunge were done in 2002, 2005, and 2007 by the lake association. Success of these muskellunge stockings is unknown, as angler reports have been very limited.

Bad Axe has an abundant panfish population of black crappie, bluegill, and pumpkinseed. Present and past surveys have shown black crappie and bluegill abundance to be above the range "typical" for this lake class. Anglers will find a healthy black crappie population with fish in the 9-12 inch size range. Bluegill and pumpkinseed tend to run smaller, with fish in the 6-8 inch size range. Yellow perch are also abundant in Bad Axe; however, average size is small (7.2 inches). A few larger yellow perch are present with perch measured up to 11.3 inches.

Both largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are present in Bad Axe, with largemouth bass being the more abundant of the two species. No specialized sampling for bass such as spring electrofishing has been conducted on Bad Axe. Largemouth bass catch rates with gillnets and trapnets are above the range "typical" for this lake class, similar to past surveys. Smallmouth bass were not sampled in 2010, but have been sampled in past surveys in low numbers. Bad Axe has good water quality, submerged and emergent vegetation that provides excellent habitat for bass.

Other species sampled included high numbers of white sucker, and moderate numbers of rock bass and yellow bullhead. Brown bullhead were sampled in low numbers.

What is the average air temp for Bad Axe Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bad Axe 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 51°F (11°C) to a low around 30°F (-1°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 Bad Axe Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 4 state parks in the vacinity of Bad Axe Lake.

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

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
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Mantrap Lake 1.7 mi 1,618 68 ft
Stocking Lake 2.5 mi 102 25 ft
Upper Bottle Lake 3.1 mi 459 55 ft
Skunk Lake 3.2 mi 218 55 ft
Pickerel Lake 3.7 mi 310 26 ft
Lower Bottle Lake 3.8 mi 641 110 ft
Dead Lake 4.4 mi 131 34 ft
Ojibway Lake 4.4 mi 292 34 ft
Lake Emma 4.6 mi 78 50 ft
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