Bass Lake has is managed primarily for northerns, and secondarily for bluegills, black crappies, and largemouth bass. Bass Lake falls into lake class 37, a group of small relatively shallow lakes with small watersheds. The northern population is average for its lake class in number and average weight, but this average weight (2.6 lbs.) is acceptable to many anglers. Bluegills are abundant, but mostly fairly small. Bluegill abundance has varied between surveys, and was below the median for the lake class in the 1991 survey. Black crappies are average for the lake class. The largemouth bass population appears to be small. The current (1989) management plan calls for resurveys on a three year rotation, presumably ending with a 1997 survey. These surveys have been conducted as part of the acid rain intensive survey program to monitor adverse impacts from acidic precipitation.