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Big Bear

St. Louis County, MN
St. Louis County, MN
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Big Bear is located in St. Louis County, Minnesota. This lake is 143 acres in size. It is approximately 15 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed and.
142 acres
LAKE SIZE
15 feet
MAX DEPTH
3.2 miles
SHORELINE
ACCESS
No ramp
FISH TO CATCH
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Northern Pike
Rock Bass
Walleye
Yellow Perch
Golden Shiner
Pumpkinseed
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Big Bear.
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HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY

Big Bear is a 156-acre lake with 130 acres (83%) of littoral area and a maximum depth of 15 feet. Big Bear Lake is located 4.5 miles southwest of Rollins, Minnesota. Big Bear Lake has a concrete, back-in public access off County Road #44 on the Big Bear Lake Road. A population assessment was conducted on Big Bear Lake during the summer of 2009 to evaluate walleye natural recruitment.

Walleye abundance of 0.5 per gillnet lift had increased since 2002 (0.3) but was still considered below average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Average size of 21.1 inches was large and growth was typical. Age analysis revealed all year-classes represented from 2001 through 2004 and no fish younger than age-5.

Northern pike abundance of 4.3 per gillnet lift had increased slightly since 2001 (3.8) but was still considered typical compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Average size of 19.1 inches was considered small.

Yellow perch abundance of 3.0 per gillnet lift had decreased since 2001 (8.5) had also fallen to below average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Average size of 8.2 inches was considered typical.

Bluegill were identified for the first time in trapnets during the 2009 assessment. Bluegill abundance of 1.4 per trapnet was considered below average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type.

Black bullhead abundance, which had been very high in the 1980's and 1990's investigations, had fallen to 0.2 per gillnet lift in 2009. This was considered below average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. A new water control structure constructed at the outlet in 1998, which replaced the failing structure constructed in 1960, maintains the water levels higher than during the years that correlate to high bullhead abundance. It is presumed that the higher water level reduces low oxygen stress during the winter, which benefitted the black bullhead population.

Other fish species sampled include golden shiner, pumpkinseed sunfish and white sucker.

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