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Big Bear Lake

St. Louis County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Bear Lake, MN

How big is Big Bear Lake?
Big Bear Lake is approximately 143 sq acres (0.6 sq km) in size with 3 miles (5.1 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Big Bear Lake?
Big Bear Lake is approximately 15 feet (4.6 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Golden Shiner and White Sucker.

Are there places to stay in the Big Bear 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 Bear 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 Bear 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 Bear 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 Bear Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Big Bear 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 Bear 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

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.

What is the average air temp for Big Bear Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big Bear 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 Big Bear Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Big Bear Lake.

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

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3 star rating
Bog Stained Water. Decent Walleye (stocked In ´90?), Northern. Troll Weed Edges.
Reviewed Jan 26, 2001

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