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Bass Lake

Otter Tail County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bass Lake, MN

How big is Bass Lake?
Bass Lake is approximately 308 sq acres (1.2 sq km) in size with 6 miles (9.0 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bass Lake?
Bass Lake is approximately 36 feet (11.0 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish and White Sucker.

Are there fishing guides or charters for Bass Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Bass Lake and/or the surrounding area.

What are the closest cities to Bass Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Underwood, MN, Dalton, MN and Battle Lake, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Bass 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! Bass 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 Bass Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Bass 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 Bass 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 Bass Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Bass 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?

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History & Status of the Fishery

Bass lake is a 292-acre eutrophic (fertile) lake located in south-central Otter Tail County. The town of Underwood, MN abuts the southeast shoreline of the lake. The immediate watershed is composed primarily of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The maximum depth is 36 feet; however, 47% of the lake is fifteen feet or less in depth. The secchi disk reading was 18.0 feet. Previous secchi diskreadings have ranged from 3.0 to 16.5 feet.
A city owned public access is located along the east shoreline of the lake. There has been a considerable increase in development in recent years and the only remaining undeveloped shoreline is the western portion of the south shore. Shoalwater substrates consist primarily of rubble and muck. Hardstem bulrush is limited to the areas around the points on the south shore and common cattail is abundant in the west end of the lake. These emergent plants provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat and are critical in maintaining good water quality. Emergent plants also provide critical spawning habitat for several fish species including Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, and panfish. They also serve as important nursery areas for many species of fish. Because of their ecological value, emergent plants cannot be removed without a DNR permit.
Bass Lake is subject to low dissolved oxygen levels in the winter and periodic winterkill occasionally occurs. A creamery was operated for many years on the east shore, which discharged effluent directly into the lake. This created high phosphorous levels in the lake and even though the creamery has been closed for many years, the phosphorous will remain in the system for a long time. As a result, the lake is still subject to dramatic algae blooms in the summer, which limit recreational activity.
Bass Lake can be ecologically classified as a bass-panfish type of lake and this is reflected in the assemblage of the fish community. Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, and Black Crappie are the dominant gamefish species. Suitable spawning habitat for these species exists throughout the lake.
Data from a spring electrofishing assessment indicate that an excellent Largemouth bass population exists. Largemouth bass ranged in length from 4.8 to 18.7 inches with a mean length and weight of 13.4 inches and 1.7 pounds. Bass reproduction appears to be consistently good. Bass attain an average length of 14.9 inches at five years of age.
Bluegills are very abundant and their size structure is also very good. Eighty-four percent of the Bluegills were 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegill growth rates are also very good with an average length of 8.1 inches at four years of age.
Black Crappie abundance is at a historical high. The 2010 year class is strong and should provide good crappie angling for several years. Crappies ranged in length from 8.8 to 10.6 inches with an average length of 9.5 inches. Crappies attain an average length of 9.6 inches at four years of age.
Anglers can maintain the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest encourages the release of medium to large-size fish while allowing the harvest of the more abundant smaller fish for table fare. Releasing the medium to large fish will ensure that the lake will have enough spawning age fish on an annual basis and will provide anglers with opportunities to catch more large fish in the future.

What is the average air temp for Bass Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bass 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 38°F (3°C) to a low around 21°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.

Are there any state parks near Bass Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Bass Lake.

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

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Bass Lake...
Bass Lake 0.0 mi 292 36 ft
Bass Lake 0.2 mi 292 36 ft
Norway Lake 1.6 mi 485 19 ft
German Lake 2.5 mi 77 46 ft
Spring Lake 3.6 mi 51 22 ft
Wall Lake 3.6 mi 728 34 ft
North Turtle Lake 3.9 mi 1,773 19 ft
Long Lake 4.2 mi 204 24 ft
Anna Lake 4.3 mi 598 55 ft
Pleasant Lake 4.3 mi 385 38 ft
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