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Big Lake

Sherburne County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Lake, MN

How big is Big Lake?
Big Lake is approximately 254 sq acres (1.0 sq km) in size with 2 miles (3.9 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Big Lake?
Big Lake is approximately 48 feet (14.6 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 18 feet (5.4 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Bluntnose Minnow, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Shorthead Redhorse, Spotfin Shiner and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Big Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Big Lake, MN, Monticello, MN and Becker, MN.

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

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What aquatic invasive species are found in Big Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Big Lake including zebra mussel and Eurasian watermilfoil.

Join us in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species These sneaky creatures can hitch a ride on boats, clinging onto propellers, anchor lines, and trailers. They can even survive in hidden places like bilge water and ballast tanks, or disguise themselves in dirt and sand that sticks to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. But don't worry, we have the power to stop them in their tracks with just a few simple steps. So let's do our part and protect our waters from these unwanted invaders.

History & Status of the Fishery

Big and Mitchell Lakes are located within city of Big Lake in Sherburne County. The two lakes are connected by a narrow channel on the north side of Big Lake. Water quality is quite good, and the lakes are very popular for recreational use during the open water season. More than three hundred boats were counted at docks along shore in 2004, and during summer weekends the two lakes are often very busy. A survey was conducted in the summer of 2004 to assess fish populations and included spring electrofishing and summer netting. Catch rates were compared to lakes with similar characteristics as a way to evaluate the fish populations of Big and Mitchell Lakes. Results were also compared to past surveys of the two lakes to look for possible changes in the fish community. Shoreline seining was conducted to evaluate natural reproduction of prominent game fish. Watershed mapping and aquatic plant surveys were also part of the evaluation.In 2004, catch rates for northern pike more than doubled from 1994 for Big and Mitchell Lakes, and were higher than the range that is typical for lakes like these. Catch rates were also more than twice the current management target. Northern pike up to 31 inches were sampled during the summer netting, but most of the fish were 17-26 inches. Average weight was 2.1 pounds. Walleye populations have been created on Big and Mitchell Lakes by occasional stocking of fingerlings, since natural reproduction does not appear to occur. Big and Mitchell Lakes were stocked with walleye most recently in 1994 and 1997. The summer catch rate of walleye in 2004 was low, but within the normal range for lakes like Big and Mitchell. All of the walleyes sampled were found to be from years that stocking occurred. The largest age class present was from the 1994 stocking, and averaged 22.8 inches. A few individuals were determined to be from the 1990 stocking, and one individual was estimated to be from the 1986 stocking (18 years old). Growth rates were found to be slow, and varied greatly among individuals. This is probably due to the low density of suitable forage available; very few yellow perch, small white suckers or other appropriate-sized prey were sampled during the survey. Big and Mitchell Lakes are well suited for largemouth bass because of good water clarity and diverse aquatic vegetation. The bass population appeared very high in 2004, based on night electrofishing. Ninety-five bass per hour were sampled in Big Lake, while 153 bass per hour were sampled in Mitchell Lake. The median catch rate for largemouth bass in area lakes is 52/hr. The population was dominated by mid-sized fish (8-12 inches), while bass over 16 inches were rare. The catch rates of black crappies were low for both Big and Mitchell Lakes. The average size of black crappie was also low when compared to other lakes similar to Big and Mitchell. The bluegill catch on Big and Mitchell increased from 1994, and was within expected levels for lakes with similar characteristics. The average size, however, was low, and growth rates were slow. Other sunfish species (pumpkinseed and hybrid sunfish) were also sampled in 2004.

What is the average air temp for Big Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big 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 26°F (-3°C) to a low around 6°F (-14°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.

Big Lake Reviews
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richard k.
5 star rating
Tihs lake has alot of 2 to 5 Lb Northerns. Has good bass fishing in the summer
Reviewed Jan 22, 2003

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Big Lake...
Lake Mitchell 0.6 mi 170 33 ft
Thompson Lake 1.7 mi 84 22 ft
Eagle Lake 3.7 mi 463 18 ft
First Lake 4.7 mi 17 37 ft
Birch Lake 4.9 mi 159 18 ft
Mud Lake 5.0 mi 33 37 ft
Long Lake 5.6 mi 96 35 ft
Bertram Lake 5.9 mi 111 44 ft
Lake Ann 6.7 mi 183 26 ft
Black Lake 6.7 mi 97 50 ft
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