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Crooked Lake

Lake County - Minnesota
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Crooked Lake is a beautiful lake located in Lake County, in northeastern Minnesota. The lake covers an area of approximately 10,360 acres and is situated near the town of Finland.

Crooked Lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities and is home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, northern pike, bass, and panfish, which are popular targets for anglers. The lake is also popular for boating, swimming, and other water-based activities. The lake has a maximum depth of 165 feet, which makes it ideal for swimming and other water sports.

The lake is surrounded by several parks, campgrounds, and resorts, making it a popular vacation destination. The area also offers hiking and biking trails, hunting opportunities, and other outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

Crooked Lake is located near the Superior National Forest, which is a protected area that encompasses more than three million acres in northeastern Minnesota. The forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. Visitors can explore the forest's rugged wilderness and observe a wide variety of wildlife, including moose, black bears, and wolves.

Overall, Crooked Lake is a popular and vibrant natural resource in northeastern Minnesota, offering a wide range of recreational opportunities and ecological significance. The lake is also known for its picturesque beauty and peaceful atmosphere, making it a popular destination for those seeking a quiet retreat in nature.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Crooked Lake, MN

How big is Crooked Lake?
Crooked Lake is approximately 10,360 sq acres (41.9 sq km) in size with 232 miles (372.9 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Crooked Lake?
Crooked Lake is approximately 165 feet (50.3 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 37 feet (11.3 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Crooked Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Burbot, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Sauger, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch in Crooked Lake.

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

Are there places to stay in the Crooked 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! Crooked 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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What are the best fishing times for Crooked Lake?
Today for Crooked Lake, fishing looks to be very active with peak fishing times around 6-7 am and 3-4 pm and 7-9 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Crooked Lake Fishing Forecasts section. Lake-Link Pro users can acess fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and dial into species specific data.

Are there boat launches on Crooked Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Crooked 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 Crooked Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

Explore the Crooked Lake area in a RV
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What aquatic invasive species are found in Crooked Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Crooked Lake including spiny waterflea.

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

Crooked Lake is in Ecological Lake Class 1, which consists of 34 lakes in northeast Minnesota that are large, very deep, have irregular shoreline shapes, and have soft (unmineralized) and clear water. Crooked Lake is larger than most of the lakes in this lake class.

Crooked Lake was thermally stratified on 7/9/2007 with surface temperatures about 72 F and bottom temperatures of 46 F in Friday and Sunday bays, and 41 F in Thursday Bay. Adequate oxygen for cold-water fish species (more than 5 ppm) was present to near the bottom in all three basins.

Fish populations in 2007 were sampled with 15 standard gillnets and 3 smelt gillnets (100' x 6' x 0.375" bar mesh and 100' x 6' x 0.5" bar mesh). Two previous investigations, in 1983 and 1995, used 16 and 15 standard gillnets, respectively. Small mesh smelt gillnets were also used in the 1995 investigation. The smelt nets were set in or below the thermocline. No fish of any species were caught in the smelt nets in 1995 or 2007.

The inshore depths of the standard gillnets in 2007 ranged from 8 ft to 25 ft (average of 19 ft), while the offshore depths ranged from 10 ft to 55 ft (average of 33 ft). The thermocline in Crooked Lake in 2007 ranged from 20 ft to 50 ft.

The total fish catch (all species combined) in 2007 of 24 fish/gillnet (31 lb/gillnet) was in the third quartile for this lake class and was very similar to previous total fish catches in Crooked Lake. Fish populations in 2007, as in previous investigations, were dominated by walleye and northern pike. Fewer ciscos were caught in 2007 than in previous investigations, but more black crappie and walleye were caught. Smallmouth bass are likely more abundant in Crooked Lake than indicated by the gillnet catch. Bass are "net-shy" and tend to avoid standard sampling nets.

Walleye numbers in 2007 (6.7/gillnet) were in the third quartile for this lake class and were higher than the walleye catches of 3.4/gillnet in 1983 and 4.4/gillnet in 1995. Walleye sizes in 2007 averaged 13.2" (1.1 lb), which was at the first quartile for this lake class and was smaller than the average size of 14.6" in previous investigations on this lake. The largest walleye caught in 2007 was 29.5". Most of the walleye (61 percent) were age three, from the 2004 year-class. Growth of walleye from the strong 2004 year-class was slower than normal by area standards, but growth of walleye from other year-classes appeared to be normal.

Northern pike numbers in 2007 (4.9/gillnet) were in the fourth quartile for this lake class and were higher than previous pike catches of 2.6/gillnet in 1983 and 4.4/gillnet in 1995. Pike sizes in 2007 averaged 23.3" (3.1 lb), which was in the second quartile for this lake class and was similar to pike sizes in previous investigations on this lake. The largest pike caught in 2007 was 38.5". Many of the pike (37 percent) were age four, from the 2003 year-class. Pike growth appeared to be erratic and no conclusion could be made about growth rates.

Cisco numbers in 2007 (3.1/gillnet) were in the second quartile for this lake class and were lower than the average cisco catch of 9.4/gillnet in previous investigations on this lake. Cisco sizes in 2007 averaged 7.5"; the largest cisco was 12.4".

Black crappie numbers in 2007 (1.7/gillnet) were higher than the average crappie catch of 0.1/gillnet in previous investigations on this lake. Crappie sizes in 2007 averaged 9.7"; the largest crappie was 12.7".

Smallmouth bass numbers in 2007 (1.3/gillnet) were in the third quartile for this lake class and were higher than the average smallmouth catch of 0.3/gillnet in previous investigations on this lake. Smallmouth sizes in 2007 averaged 14.8"; the largest smallmouth was 19.2". Most of the smallmouth (86 percent) were age five, from the 2002 year-class. Smallmouth growth was faster than normal by area standards.

Sauger numbers in 2007 (0.1/gillnet) were lower than the average sauger catch of 1.3/gillnet in previous investigations on this lake. Sauger are uncommon in the area, being confined to sparse populations in Crooked Lake, Iron Lake, Lac La Croix, and lakes downstream to Lake of the Woods, where they are fairly abundant.

Many of the smallmouth bass examined in 2007 had bass tapeworm larvae in their viscera, and some of the northern pike were infected with neascus. Neascus (black spot) and bass tapeworm are common parasites that are native to the area. They cannot infect humans, are often removed by filleting fish, and are killed at temperatures used to cook fish.

What is the average air temp for Crooked Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Crooked 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 66°F (19°C) to a low around 43°F (6°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.

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Gun Lake 4.4 mi 341 57 ft
Gull Lake 4.7 mi 171 13 ft
Fairy Lake 5.5 mi 109 19 ft
Home Lake 5.7 mi 87 24 ft
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