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Basswood Lake

Lake County, Minnesota
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Basswood Lake, Minnesota
Basswood Lake is a large freshwater lake located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota. The lake is part of the Superior National Forest and is located near the Canadian border.

Basswood Lake covers approximately 25,953 acres (105 square kilometers) and has a maximum depth of around 111 feet (34 meters). The lake is known for its clear waters, rugged shorelines, and excellent fishing opportunities, with populations of walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass.

Access to Basswood Lake is limited to non-motorized watercraft, such as canoes and kayaks, due to the protected wilderness status of the area. Visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, and exploring the numerous islands and bays of the lake. The surrounding wilderness area is also popular for hiking and backpacking, with numerous trails winding through the forested landscape.

In addition to its recreational opportunities, Basswood Lake has historical significance, as it was an important waterway for Native American tribes and early European explorers. The area is home to numerous pictographs, or rock paintings, created by ancient peoples.

The wilderness surrounding Basswood Lake is home to a variety of wildlife species, including black bears, moose, and gray wolves. Visitors are advised to take precautions to ensure the safety of both themselves and the wildlife.

Overall, Basswood Lake is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and offers a unique and remote wilderness experience in northern Minnesota.

How big is Basswood Lake?
Basswood Lake is approximately 25,953 sq acres (105 sq km) in size with 333 miles (535.3 km) of shoreline.
How deep is Basswood Lake?
Basswood Lake is approximately 111 feet (33.8 m) at its deepest point.
What kind of fish are in Basswood Lake?
Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Burbot, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch in Basswood Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Cisco (Tullibee), Hybrid Sunfish, Lake Whitefish, Shorthead Redhorse and White Sucker.

When are the best fishing times for Basswood Lake?
Today fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 6-7 am and 5-7 pm. For more more best fishing times visit our Basswood Lake Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for Basswood Lake.
Are there fishing guides for Basswood Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides for Basswood Lake and/or the surrounding area. Please see the "Fishing Guides" section down a little further on this page.

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Basswood Lake Reviews

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john r.
5 star rating
Once you have experienced fishing here, no other lake compares. Trophy fishing abound, it is god's country. You have to come up here at least ounce in your life.
Reviewed Apr 26, 2014
paul w.
Elmwood Park, Illinois
5 star rating
Lots of big gators,especially in May and June.Walleye are abundant, and the smallies are everywhere.Permits are necessary and there's a 25 H.P.motor limit.
Reviewed Jan 14, 2003
trager s.
Seneca, Illinois
5 star rating
Wow!! What a fantastic fishery! We limited out in Walleye, Smallies, and came a few short for Northern, not to mention eating shore lunch 3 of 6 days, and there were 4 of us!! LaTourell's on Moose lake has easy access.
Reviewed Mar 14, 2002
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