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Emma is located in Hubbard County, Minnesota. This lake is 78 acres in size. It is approximately 50 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye.
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Emma.
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Emma Lake is located five miles north of Dorset in Hubbard County. Emma has a surface area of 77 acres and a maximum depth of 50 feet. A county-owned public access is located on the south shore of the lake. There is no developed ramp, but a good hard sand shoreline allows for easy boat launching. The inlet into Emma comes from Lower Bottle and the outlet of Emma flows into Big Sand. Boating between the lakes is possible with small craft. Due to its small size, Emma doesnt receive as much notoriety as Big Sand or the Bottle lakes. However, it can receive a fair amount of fishing pressure especially the first few weeks of the walleye fishing season, and recently during the winter ice fishing season. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesotas Lakes into 43 different types based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Emma is in lake class 28. Other near-by lakes in this same classification include Gilmore and Thomas Lakes. Walleye abundance was identical to previous survey in 1999, but well below the current management goal. Walleye abundance was much higher in 1987 and 1992 surveys, while earlier surveys fluctuated from low to moderate numbers. Emma Lake has good walleye spawning habitat, especially at the outlet area. A major walleye spawning run from Big Sand up into Emma Lake occurs each spring. Emma Lake was stocked with walleye fingerlings in past years, but stocking was discontinued after 2004. It was felt that natural reproduction and migration of walleye from Big Sand Lake into Emma would sustain a walleye population. Yellow perch are an important forage species for walleye, and walleye abundance in Emma seems to fluctuate closely with yellow perch abundance. Walleye abundance has been high when perch are abundant, and walleye abundance has been low when perch are not abundant. Northern pike were sampled in high numbers, above the range "typical" for this lake class. Small, "hammer handle" pike, with an average length and weight of 20.3 inches and 1.9 pounds, dominated the northern pike sample. Northern pike up to 29.8 inches were sampled. Emma has a history of a low to moderate panfish population but the capability of producing some quality-sized fish. Black crappie are the most sought after panfish species, while bluegill and pumpkinseed tend to run smaller, but are still an acceptable size for angling. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are also found in Emma, with largemouth bass the more abundant of the two species.
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