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Bass Lake

St. Louis County - Minnesota
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A wilderness experience with all the comforts of a Minnesota resort vacation.A Lake Vermilion vacation means some of Minnesota?s best fishing, unique attractions and family vacation fun.It also means romance, championship golf, non-stop casino gaming, and a great place to getaway and relax. Discover why Lake Vermilion has been a favorite destination for fishermen and family vacations for more than 100 years! Lake Vermilion is a highly rated Midwest vacation destination.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bass Lake, MN

How big is Bass Lake?
Bass Lake is approximately 244 sq acres (1.0 sq km) in size with 4 miles (6.8 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bass Lake?
Bass Lake is approximately 17 feet (5.2 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish and White Sucker.

Are there places to stay in the Bass 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! Bass 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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Bass Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Bass Lake area:
Business Card: Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association
Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association
Cook, MN
(218) 666-5850
about 6 miles away

Are there places to eat and drink near Bass 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

Bass Lake is 238 acres and located eight miles northeast of Soudan. There is one public access on the west side of the lake which is a 136 rod portage from Bass Bay of Lake Vermilion. The portage crosses private land but is open to the public. Bass Lake has a maximum depth of 17 feet and is 97% littoral. The water color at the time of the survey was green and overall the lake is fairly productive. Bass Lake was stratified on June 30, 2014 with a surface temperature of 70 F and 61 F at the bottom. Oxygen levels were adequate to a depth of 16 feet. There is one prominent inlet in the southeast bay of the lake that drains a series of beaver ponds. Over the years, numerous dam failures have deposited a large amount of wood into the bay. The only outlet is in the northeast corner of the lake and drains to Rice Bay on Lake Vermilion. It has both beaver dams and a steep gradient that limits fish movement. Aquatic vegetation is sparse for the majority of the basin; however at the time of this survey, the northeast bay and west bay were heavily chocked with impenetrable flat-stem pondweed. The overall gillnet catch rate for all fish combined was 19.2 fish/net. Fish species sampled in gill nets were northern pike, black crappie, white sucker, yellow perch, bluegill, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, golden shiner, walleye, and hybrid sunfish. The overall trapnet catch rate for all fish combined was 40.3 fish/net. Fish species sampled in trap nets were bluegill, hybrid sunfish, white sucker, black crappie, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, and green sunfish. The 2014 northern pike gillnet catch rate was 4.8 fish/net which is average when compared to other similar lakes throughout the state but higher than other surveys done on this lake. Lengths ranged from 22 to 40 inches with an average of 27 inches. This average length is near the historic range (27 to 29 inches) from previous surveys on the lake. The 40 inch pike is by far the largest fish sampled. The previous largest pike was 32 inches captured in 1987. Average weight was 4.3 pounds which is high compared to other similar lakes. The smallmouth bass gillnet catch rate was 1.8 fish/net. This is six times higher than previous surveys (0.3 fish/net). Lengths from gill nets ranged from 6 to 17 inches with an average of 14 inches. This is larger than the 11 inch average size for all surveys and includes the largest smallmouth ever sampled. Smallies averaged 1.4 pounds which is good compared to other similar lakes. Ages ranged from 2 to 18 years. Growth appears to be quite slow when compared to other smallmouth bass lakes in the Tower Fisheries Area. Three largemouth bass were also sampled in gill nets for a catch rate of 0.5 fish/net which is average compared to other similar lakes. The black crappie trapnet catch (1.0 fish/net) was low, but within the normal range of catches for similar lakes. Sizes were rather small ranging from 4 to 7 inches. Gillnet catches are normally not used to assess crappie populations but for Bass Lake the gillnet catch was much more impressive than the trapnet catch. Twenty-four crappie were sampled for a catch rate of 4.0/net which is above average compared to other similar lakes. Sizes were also better than the trapnetted fish ranging from 5 to 11 inches. The bluegill trapnet catch was 35.9 fish/net, which is well above average compared to other similar lakes and much higher than the previous catch rate of 1.3 fish/net in 2002. Lengths ranged from 4 to 8 inches with an average of 5 inches. The yellow perch gillnet catch was 2.3 fish/net which is well below average compared to other similar lakes throughout the state. Sizes were fairly small with an average of 7 inches. One surprise walleye was sampled in a gill net from Bass Lake. The 15 year old female was 26 inches long and weighed 5.9 pounds. This is the first walleye surveyed in the lake.

What is the average air temp for Bass Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bass 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 27°F (-3°C) to a low around 10°F (-12°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.

Are there any state parks near Bass Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Bass Lake.

For more Minnesota State Park information see our State Park Guide.

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Bass Lake...
Four Mile Lake 4.2 mi 85 15 ft
Pine Lake 4.4 mi 830 18 ft
Needle Boy Lake 4.5 mi 43 15 ft
Boulder Lake 4.6 mi 238 51 ft
Boulder Lake (Boulder Lake Reservoir) 4.6 mi 3,882 18 ft
Boulder Lake 4.6 mi 63 51 ft
Mud Lake 4.8 mi 176 27 ft
Six Mile Lake 4.8 mi 109 22 ft
Tamarack Lake 4.9 mi 68 23 ft
Serell Lake 4.9 mi 37 34 ft
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