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North Star Lake

Itasca County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About North Star Lake, MN


How big is North Star Lake?
North Star Lake is approximately 832 sq acres (3.4 sq km) in size with 10 miles (16.1 km) of shoreline.

How deep is North Star Lake?
North Star Lake is approximately 90 feet (27.5 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Banded Killifish, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Central Mudminnow, Cisco (Tullibee), Common Shiner, Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Shorthead Redhorse, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.



Are there places to stay in the North Star 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! North Star 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 boat launches on North Star Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on North Star Lake. Please observe any specific lake regulations posted by the boat launch and please help keep the launch area free of litter.

Are there places to eat and drink near North Star Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What are the fishing regulations for North Star Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations North Star Lake that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 652-9093. Need a Minnesota fishing license?

Explore the North Star Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What aquatic invasive species are found in North Star Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in North Star Lake including zebra mussel.

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

The 2023 Lake Management Plan (LMP) identified Muskie as a primary management species. Muskie are difficult to sample using standard summer survey methods because they exist at such low densities. Therefore, spring surveys target Muskies when they are concentrated in the shallows, in response to warming waters and the spawn. The LMP goal for Muskie is to maintain an estimated population of 200 to 250 adults greater than or equal to 30 inches.

North Star Lake was included in broader Predator Bioenergetics and Diet projects in 2022, led by the MN DNR Fisheries Research and Bemidji State University. The Grand Rapids Area office led the large-framed trap netting, and helped with electrofishing and coordination. Three adult Muskie population estimates were calculated from the data set in 2022 (199, 241 and 284). The average of the estimates translate into one adult Muskie for every 4.7 acres.

In an attempt to evaluate or authenticate the 2022 population estimates, additional estimate methods were employed in 2023. A Year-to-Year estimate was calculated using spring, night electrofishing in 2023 as the recapture effort and the 2022 adults as the marked population. A total of 127 unique adults were sampled in 2022 and used as the marked population.

North Star Lake became ice-free on May 6, 2023. Muskie were sampled using night electrofishing on May 11, 16, 19 and 20. Because the population estimate was calculated for the entire lake, the sampling effort and the fish captured were well distributed around the lake to reduce potential biases. A total of 66 different fish were sampled, of which 6 were juveniles. A total of 60 adults were used from the recapture effort when calculating population estimates. The sex ratio was skewed toward males (N=49) compared to females (N=11).

Population estimates were calculated by combining all the sampled Muskie and by separating the sexes. The number of recaptured males was 25 of 49 Muskie sampled (51%). The number of recaptured females was 4 of 11 Muskie sampled (36%). The combining of males and females resulted in 127 marked fish in 2022, with 29 recaptures of the 60 fish sampled in 2023. The estimate was 259 adults. Calculating sex-specific estimates used 78 adult males and 36 females from 2022 as the marked populations. The sex-specific marked samples were lower than the combined sample because sex was not determined for all the fish in 2022. The male estimate was 151 while the female estimate was 88. Adding the male and female estimates resulted in 239 adults.

Including anglers can sometimes provide useful data and insight into population estimate methods. A few anglers participated in recording their Muskie catches in 2023. Angler catches throughout the season were considered the recapture effort and the 2022 adults (n = 127) were used as the marked population. The anglers captured 18 Muskies of which 8 were recaptures from the 2022 marking. The estimate was 269 adults.

Multiple year population estimates can sometimes reduce the potential for biases associated with fish movement, particularly related to the timing and seasonal weather patterns within one spring. Estimates from both years were derived for the spring 2022 population because that was the period of the marking. The estimates calculated in 2022 ranged from 199 to 284 and had a mean of 241 adults while the estimates using the 2023 recapture period ranged from 239 to 269 and had a mean of 255 adults. Results from the second year of estimates provides confidence the adult population was near 250 adults or approximately one adult for every 5 acres.


What is the average air temp for North Star Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at North Star 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 78°F (26°C) to a low around 52°F (11°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 North Star Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 4 state parks in the vacinity of North Star Lake.

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

North Star Lake Reviews
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david l.
Saint Jacob, IL
3 star rating
One thing missing from the Lake details is that this lake has a LOT of Muskie's in it. Over the last 20 years it seems the fishing in general has gotten tougher while the numbers of big muskies seen and caught is increasing. Largemouth fishing is still average to above average although the number of big fish seems sparse. Pike fishing is also average, but not a lot of big pike. Smallmouth and walleye fishing is below average. Muskie fishing is great.
Reviewed Apr 24, 2017

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