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Big Stone NWR East Pool

Lac Qui Parle County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Stone NWR East Pool, MN


How big is Big Stone NWR East Pool?
Big Stone NWR East Pool is approximately 1,286 sq acres (5.2 sq km) in size with 17 miles (27.0 km) of shoreline.

What kind of fish can you catch in Big Stone NWR East Pool?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bigmouth Buffalo, Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye, White Bass, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Big Stone NWR East Pool.

Other fish species in the lake include Bluntnose Minnow, Common Shiner, Creek Chub, Fathead Minnow, Freshwater Drum, Golden Redhorse, Greater Redhorse, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Johnny Darter, Longnose Dace, Orangespotted Sunfish, Quillback, Shorthead Redhorse, Spottail Shiner, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.



Are there fishing guides or charters for Big Stone NWR East Pool?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Big Stone NWR East Pool and/or the surrounding area.

What are the closest cities to Big Stone NWR East Pool?
Nearby cities and towns include Bellingham, MN, Ortonville, MN and Big Stone City, SD.

Are there places to stay in the Big Stone NWR East Pool 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! Big Stone NWR East Pool 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 places to eat and drink near Big Stone NWR East Pool?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

History & Status of the Fishery

The East Pool of the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge (East Pool) is a reservoir of the Minnesota River with water levels regulated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for waterfowl and shorebirds. Public access is allowed but motorized equipment is not. Shore fishing exists along the face of the highway 75 dam, in its tail waters, and at a handicapped-accessible shore fishing location at No-Bridge, just outside of Odessa. Fishing opportunities also exist at the low flow structure (including handicap-accessible) in the northeast corner of the East Pool. Ice fishing is also common during winter months.

Twenty-three fish species were sampled in 2013 compared to 30 in 2008. Underutilized species such as black bullhead, white sucker, and shorthead redhorse were the most abundant species sampled. Game fish species were sampled in low abundance. Sampled black crappie ranged from 5 - 11 inches, channel catfish from 7 - 25 inches, northern pike from 21 - 32 inches, and walleye from 12 - 17 inches. Although abundances were low, anglers have reported having moderate success for northern pike and walleye, particular during winter.

Future fish management activities include stocking 1.5 million walleye fry in 2014, and fish population assessment in 2018.


What is the average air temp for Big Stone NWR East Pool?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big Stone NWR East Pool? 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 52°F (11°C) to a low around 32°F (0°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 Big Stone NWR East Pool?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Big Stone NWR East Pool.

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

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