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Hill River

Polk County, MN
Polk County, MN
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Hill River is located in Polk County, Minnesota. This lake is 102 acres in size. It is approximately 60 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed,.
102 acres
LAKE SIZE
60 feet
MAX DEPTH
0 feet
AVG DEPTH
2.7 miles
SHORELINE
ACCESS
No ramp
FISH TO CATCH
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brown Bullhead
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Rock Bass
Walleye
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Carp
Common Shiner
Hybrid Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Tadpole Madtom
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Hill River.
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HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY

Hill River Lake has undergone three documented periods of severe winterkill. The first was during the drought in the 1930's. A dam was constructed at the outlet in 1935 and reconstructed in 1950 in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent winterkill by raising water levels. More recently, the dam was reconstructed during road reconstruction. The second recorded period of winterkill, during winters of 1969 through 1971, was attributed to runoff from a large poultry farm. The third period, during the mid 1990's, decimated populations of Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, and Black Crappies. Although the lake has a 60 foot maximum depth, much of the lake is considerably shallower. The lake is also relatively fertile and experiences heavy blue-green algal blooms annually.

Eighteen years after the most recent severe winterkill, however, fisheries for pike, bass, and panfish have substantially recovered while bullhead populations have declined dramatically. Modest populations of Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass were sampled in 2014 while net catches of Bluegill and Black Crappie were very strong. Bluegills and crappies were relatively young and relatively small averaging 5.8 and 6.1 inches in length, respectively. The abundance of young panfish in 2014 may bode well for panfish angling opportunities in the near future, barring a winterkill.

NOTICE: Lake-Link Inc assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions of the information for Hill River. Although we strive to provide the most accurate information as we can the information contained in this page is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.
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