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Cross Lake

Polk County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Cross Lake, MN

How big is Cross Lake?
Cross Lake is approximately 320 sq acres (1.3 sq km) in size with 7 miles (10.5 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Cross Lake?
Cross Lake is approximately 19 feet (5.8 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 12 feet (3.7 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Fathead Minnow, Green Sunfish and White Sucker.

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

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History & Status of the Fishery

Cross Lake is a southeastern Polk County lake with a history of algal blooms and good fishing in between winterkills. Northern Pike, Brown Bullhead, and Walleye have historically been the primary species sought by anglers. Before the most recent series of severe winterkills in 1988, 1990, and 1991, anglers on the fishing pier were catching two to four pound Walleyes and one to two pound Brown Bullheads quite regularly. However, the 1991 winterkill eliminated nearly every species but bullheads, and even bullhead numbers were severely decreased.

Nine years later, in 2000, Northern Pike rebounded to abundances that were more normal for this lake. Now, in 2014, the catch rate has increased even more and, in 2014, the catch rate was well above normal for this lake. Pike sampled by all gears ranged from 9.9 to 37.2 inches in length with an average of 21.8 inches.

Walleye fry are stocked regularly and test net catches were strong in 2014. Cross Lake Walleyes grow quickly and sampled fish averaged over two pounds each. Five distinct year classes of Walleye were found, but the strongest was the 2011. Those young fish should provide good angling in the near future if they do not succumb to winterkill. Fry stocking appears to work best when bullhead numbers are down, as is currently the case.

Although Bluegill and Black Crappie populations cannot be classified as abundant, record catch rates of Bluegills and Black Crappies were found in 2014. There were good sized fish of both species present and, even though many were young, they should also provide good fishing in the near future barring severe winterkill.

Bullhead numbers were down markedly in 2014. Brown Bullheads were slightly more abundant and larger than Black Bullheads. High numbers of bullheads are typical for lakes subject to winterkill since these species are most tolerant of low dissolved oxygen. They tend to rebound quickly following winterkill since there are few competitors or predators. However, after several years without winterkill, game fish species can often overtake the bullhead populations. This appears to be happening in Cross Lake.

In the past, the Fosston Community Sportsmen's Club and the Fosston Lion's Club operated aeration equipment in efforts to prevent winterkill from occurring in Cross Lake. A heavy winterkill in 1988 eliminated gamefish populations from the lake, even with aeration systems operating. Although no severe winterkill has occurred since 1991, light kills took place in 2001, 2004, and 2006. In addition, dissolved oxygen levels reached the critical mark in 2014, but no evidence of fish kill was found.

It is clear from historical data that Cross Lake is ecologically suited for Northern Pike and bullhead. Although periodic winterkills have occasionally reduced or eliminated many fish populations, these species remain most abundant and able to sustain themselves. Walleye and panfish stocking following winterkills has provided additional fishing opportunities in Cross Lake.

What is the average air temp for Cross Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Cross 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 24°F (-4°C) to a low around 8°F (-13°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 Cross Lake...
Unnamed Lake 2.1 mi 40 84 ft
Mule John Lake 2.1 mi 39 84 ft
Turtle Lake 2.2 mi 525 12 ft
Whitefish Lake 2.9 mi 243 18 ft
Poplar Lake 5.7 mi 90 23 ft
Pine Lake 6.6 mi 1,236 15 ft
Lindberg Lake 7.0 mi 95 19 ft
Perch Lake 7.2 mi 84 19 ft
Johnson Lake 7.5 mi 56 70 ft
Moe Lake 7.5 mi 51 12 ft
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