Big Bass Lake is located three miles northeast of Akeley in Hubbard County. Big Bass has a surface area of 132.5 acres and a maximum depth of 60 feet. There is a state-owned public access located on the south shore of the lake. Big Bass provides fishing opportunities for Walleye, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and panfish. Big Bass is known for its exceptional water clarity.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 types based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Big Bass is in lake class 28. Class 28 lakes have the characteristics of being small bodies of water with a regular shaped shoreline, hard water, and high water clarity. Other class 28 lakes in the Park Rapids area include: Dinner, Emma, Gilmore, Indian, Nagel, Newman, Thomas, and Williams.
Walleye abundance (2.6 Walleye/gill net) was within the normal range for this lake class and similar to recent surveys. Decent numbers of Walleye in the 18-20 inch size range were sampled with fish measured up to 24.4 inches. Yellow Perch, an important Walleye forage species, were not sampled in 2016 and were sampled in very low numbers in the 2009 survey. Past surveys have shown the Northern Pike population in Big Bass to fluctuate from low to moderate numbers with moderate to quality sized pike. Northern Pike were sampled in low numbers in 2016, with fish measured up to 31.5 inches. Good populations of Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and panfish are found in Big Bass. Anglers will find good numbers of bass in the 12-15 inch size. Largemouth Bass up to 19.1 inches and Smallmouth Bass up to 18.5 inches were sampled. Bluegill were sampled in moderate numbers, similar to recent surveys. Anglers will find Bluegill in the 6-7 inch size range. Black Crappie were not sampled in 2016, but have been sampled in low to moderate numbers in past surveys.
Other species sampled include Rock Bass, White Sucker, Yellow Bullhead, Hybrid Sunfish, and Green Sunfish.
Currently, no Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) have been identified in Big Bass. To avoid spreading AIS, lake users are required to remove all aquatic plants or animals from their watercraft and drain all water from their boats before leaving the access.