Bass Lake is located approximately 4 miles N of Ely in the Superior National Forest. The landscape surrounding Bass Lake is characterized by a forest of abundant pine growing over coarse soils with ledgerock outcrops.
The most common access is a 270 rod portage from the parking lot at the Echo Trail (CR116) to the SW end of the lake. A popular hiking trail that goes around Bass Lake is located off this portage and visitors often take this path to the scenic waterfall that flows over the ledgerock from Dry Lake. During the winter months there is a popular snowmobile trail system that goes through Bass Lake to other nearby lakes and trails. There are 2 campsites located on the N side of the lake and another one on the island for overnight use.
Small bluegill were abundant in the 2016 survey of Bass Lake. Bluegill numbers (50.4/trap net) were similar to the historic average for this lake and much higher than average (7.5/trap net) compared to other similar lakes in the area. The average bluegill sampled was 5.5 inches long and the largest was 8.6 inches. Only 2 percent of the bluegill sampled were 8 inches or larger.
Black crappie numbers in 2016 (5.6/trap net) were lower than the historic average (7.8/trap net). The average crappie sampled was 8.6 inches and the largest crappie was 10.4 inches long. Only 4 percent of the crappie sampled were larger than 10 inches. In past surveys of Bass Lake the largest crappie recorded was 11.0 inches.
Northern pike numbers in 2016 (5.8/gill net) were similar to the historic average on this lake. The average pike sampled was 25.9 inches long and the largest was 43.7 inches. Thirty percent of the pike sampled in 2016 were 30 inches and larger.
Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass were sampled in 2016. While their relative abundance is average some good sized bass are present. The largest bass caught were a 13 year-old smallmouth that was over 18 inches long and 12 year old largemouth that was over 16 inches long. Yellow perch, rock bass and white sucker were also sampled in 2016.