Indian (Leesburg) Lake is located 4.5 miles northwest of Akeley in Hubbard County. Indian Lake is small, only 49 acres, and has a maximum depth of 36 feet. The lake basin is oblong and steep along the east and west shorelines with shallower areas at the ends. A county-owned public access with an earthen ramp is located on the northeast shore. Indian Lake provides fishing opportunities for northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different types based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Indian Lake is in lake class 28. Other area lakes in this same class include Big Bass, Emma, Gilmore, and Thomas.
Anglers will find good numbers of northern pike in Indian Lake, however, small "hammer handle" pike dominate the population. Sampled northern pike had a mean length and weight of 19.3 inches and 1.7 pounds, with pike measured up to 30.0 inches. Northern pike growth rates were slow when compared to class 28 and other area lakes. Northern pike forage is primarily limited to yellow perch and panfish in Indian Lake. Yellow perch were sampled in low numbers, similar to past surveys.
Anglers will find good numbers of largemouth bass and an abundant bluegill and pumpkinseed population. Largemouth bass up to 19.7 inches were sampled. Bluegill are small, with most fish in the 5-6 inch size range, while pumpkinseed are larger with fish in the 6-8 inch size range. Bluegill growth rates are slow when compared to class 28 and other area lakes. Black crappie were sampled in low numbers, similar to past surveys.
Walleye abundance (2.5 walleye/gillnet) was within the range "typical" for this lake class. Sampled walleye range in length from 13.2 to 23.1 inches. Walleye were sampled in low numbers (2 walleye) in the 2000 survey and have not been sampled in any other survey on Indian Lake. Walleye have not been stocked by the DNR into Indian Lake.
Other species sampled included moderate numbers of yellow bullhead, and low numbers of brown bullhead.