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Budd Lake

Martin County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Budd Lake, MN

How big is Budd Lake?
Budd Lake is approximately 228 sq acres (0.9 sq km) in size with 2 miles (3.5 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Budd Lake?
Budd Lake is approximately 23 feet (7.0 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Fathead Minnow, Freshwater Drum, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Johnny Darter, Quillback, Spotfin Shiner, Spottail Shiner and White Sucker.

Are there places to stay in the Budd 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! Budd 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 topographical lake maps available Budd Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Budd Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

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

History & Status of the Fishery

Budd is a 222-acre lake with a maximum of 23 feet deep, located within the city limits of Fairmont in Martin County. Budd Lake is just one of the five lakes in Fairmont that make up what is known as the "Fairmont Chain of Lakes". Budd is managed primarily for walleye while yellow perch, crappie, and channel catfish are managed secondarily.

Based on the 2009 fish survey on Budd Lake, walleye numbers are typical of what we would see in lakes similar to Budd in water chemistry, depth, and size. Lengths of walleye caught in our gill nets in 2009 ranged from 10.1 to 25.6 inches and averaged 17.2 inches. Ages of walleye caught in our nets ranged from age 1 to age 15. There is a good number of walleye in the 10  12 inch range coming up in the fishery. These fish were more than likely the result of a walleye fingerling stocking in 2008. The Fairmont Chain of lakes, including Budd, are scheduled to get additional walleye fingerlings in the fall of 2010.

Crappie numbers are also typical of lakes similar to Budd. Both black and white crappie are available to anglers in Budd Lake as well as the entire "Chain" of lakes. Black crappie have 7-8 dorsal spines with dark splotches against a white background on their body. White crappie have 5-6 dorsal spines and black splotches that form vertical lines on their bodies. Lengths of black crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 6.3 to 10.3 inches and averaged 9.0 inches. Lengths of white crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 8.3 to 9.9 inches and averaged 9.2 inches.

Results from the 2009 fish survey indicated Budd Lake has high numbers of yellow perch available to anglers. The gill net catch rate of 39.5 fish/net was the highest recorded in the history of netting on the lake. Lengths of yellow perch caught in our gill nets ranged from 6.3 to 10.8 inches and averaged 7.6 inches.

The Fairmont Chain of lakes was stocked once with channel catfish since the reclamation in 1967 when 31 adult catfish were stocked in Hall Lake in 1992. We first started seeing channel catfish in fish surveys on Budd Lake in 1997 when one fish with a weight of 0.9 lbs was sampled in our nets. The channel catfish gill net catch rate in 2009 was 6.2 fish/net compared to 4.0 in 2001 and 0.2 in 1997. Lengths of channel catfish caught in gill nets in 2009 ranged from 12.5 to 26.2 inches and averaged 17.0 inches.

Other fish caught in our nets during the assessment in 2009 included bluegill, common carp, northern pike, and white sucker.

To maintain a healthy fishery in Budd Lake, we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMPs) within the watershed to help reduce nutrients entering the lake. High nutrients and sediments in a lake can cause algae blooms and reduce water clarity.

What is the average air temp for Budd Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Budd 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 44°F (6°C) to a low around 24°F (-4°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.

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Budd Lake...
Sisseton Lake 0.8 mi 138 19 ft
Hall Lake 1.2 mi 548 27 ft
George Lake 1.6 mi 83 11 ft
Amber Lake 2.3 mi 182 19 ft
Lake Imogene 5.0 mi 186 6 ft
Willmert Lake (Main Bay) 5.5 mi 335 8 ft
Bright Lake 7.8 mi 639 7 ft
South Silver Lake 8.3 mi 252 22 ft
East Chain Lake 8.4 mi 481 6 ft
Iowa Lake 9.2 mi 705 9.4 ft
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