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Bower is located in Itasca County, Minnesota. This lake is 93 acres in size. It is approximately 35 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed,.
93 acres
LAKE SIZE
35 feet
MAX DEPTH
20 feet
AVG DEPTH
2.2 miles
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ACCESS
Boat Ramp
FISH TO CATCH
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brown Bullhead
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Walleye
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Blacknose Shiner
Central Mudminnow
Golden Shiner
Hybrid Sunfish
Iowa Darter
Johnny Darter
Pumpkinseed
Tadpole Madtom
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Bower.
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HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY

Bower Lake is a small, bass-panfish lake located in northeast Itasca County in the Mississippi River watershed. The lake has a surface area of 89 acres and a maximum depth of 35 feet. The primary management species are northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappie and bluegill.

The northern pike gill-net catch in 2010 was within the expected range at 3.0/net. This catch rate was similar to previous assessments and near the lake management plan goal of 3.5/net. Northern pike size structure was good. Sampled pike ranged from 25.0 to 30.6 inches, with a mean length of 27.3 inches. Ages 3 through 7 were represented in the sample. Mean length-at-age was above the statewide average for ages 3 through 5, and similar to the statewide average for all other ages. Northern pike reached 26.3 inches in 5 years.

Largemouth bass had been captured in previous test-nettings, but the lake was specifically sampled for bass with night electrofishing for the first time in 2010. This assessment resulted in a catch rate of 36.8 fish/hour of on-time. This was a moderate catch rate compared to other lakes in the area. Sampled largemouth bass had a relatively good size structure, with fish ranging from 5.7 to 19.1 inches and a mean length of 13.3 inches. Ages 2 through 10 were represented in the sample, with age 5 fish (2005 year class) making up 37% of the sample. Mean length-at-age was below the statewide average for ages 1 through 3, and similar to the statewide average for all other ages. Largemouth bass reached 15.1 inches in 6 years.

The gill-net catch for black crappie was within the expected range for this lake class at 3.0/net. The trap-net catch rate for crappie was above the normal range at 7.3/net. This was above the lake management plan goal of 4.0/net. As in previous assessments, black crappie size structure was poor. Only one crappie over 9 inches was captured. Trap-net sampled crappie ranged from 4.1 to 10.1 inches with a mean length of 6.8 inches. Ages 2 and 4 through 9 were represented in the sample, with 60% of fish attributed to the 2005 year class. Mean length-at-age was below the lake class average for all ages. Black crappie took 7 years to reach 8 inches.

The trap-net catch rate for bluegill was within the expected range for this lake class at 27.6/net. This catch rate was above the long-term average for the lake and above the management plan goal of 9.0/net. A similar trend of increasing bluegill abundance has been noted in other area lakes in recent years. Size structure was poor with no bluegill over 8 inches captured. Trap-net sampled bluegill ranged from 3.3 to 7.0 inches with a mean length of 4.7 inches. Ages 4 through 10 were represented, with age 4 and 5 fish making up 60% of the sample. Mean length-at-age was below the lake class average for ages 3 through 6, and similar to the lake class average for all other ages. Bluegill took 8 years to reach 6.1 inches.

The gill-net catch rate for yellow perch was near the lake class median at 5.8/net. This was an increase from the previous assessment when only three were sampled (0.8/net). Size structure of perch was poor with no fish over 7 inches in the sample.

Other species sampled in test nets included pumpkinseed, hybrid sunfish, golden shiner, white sucker and yellow bullhead. Near-shore IBI (Index of Biotic Integrity) sampling with a small-mesh seine and back-pack electrofishing was conducted in 2010 in an attempt to capture smaller fishes not normally encountered with standard sampling gear. Additional species captured in near-shore sampling included blackchin shiner, bluntnose minnow, central mudminnow, Johnny darter and tadpole madtom.

NOTICE: Lake-Link Inc assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions of the information for Bower. Although we strive to provide the most accurate information as we can the information contained in this page is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.
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