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Bass Lake

Todd County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bass Lake, MN

How big is Bass Lake?
Bass Lake is approximately 123 sq acres (0.5 sq km) in size with 2 miles (3.2 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bass Lake?
Bass Lake is approximately 82 feet (25.0 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 Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Bass Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Banded Killifish, Bluntnose Minnow, Cisco (Tullibee), Common Shiner, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Bass Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Swanville, MN, Grey Eagle, MN and Long Prairie, MN.

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

What are the fishing regulations for Bass Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Bass Lake that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 652-9093. Need a Minnesota fishing license?

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Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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History & Status of the Fishery

Bass is a small, deep lake west of Swanville. The lake has moderate summer water clarity with a secchi disk reading of 12.5 feet. The township owns an access on the southwest side of the lake with limited parking on top of the hill. Most of the development has occurred on the west side of the lake. Fishing structures include steep drop-offs, weedlines, and a sunken island. The lake has a reputation of producing trophy size fish which led to the implementation of conservation limits to manage for a balanced community with large predators. The regulation allows two walleye, one bass, and one northern pike over 40 inches.
Both the summer survey and a spring assessment in 2010 documented the presence of trophy size fish. Walleye up to 30 inches and northern pike over 40 inches were measured as well as largemouth bass up to 21 inches. The 2010 northern pike summer gill net catch was a record high for the lake, largely due to a strong 2007 year class. Despite the increased numbers, the pike average size in the summer survey was 2.7 pounds. The 2010 summer walleye gill net catch was below management goals with medium to larger walleye dominating both the summer and spring samples. Walleye fingerling had been stocked every third year and that along with natural reproduction sustained the population. Fingerling stocking, however, will be increased to every other year. Bass Lake has an abundant largemouth bass population with a wide range of sizes available to anglers. Average size in the summer survey was about 13 inches, however, bass up to 21 inches were recorded in the 2010 spring assessment.
Panfish species include black crappie, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, and pumpkinseed. Black crappie were first documented in Bass Lake in 1998 and since then have become abundant. Average size for the crappie in all the 2010 sampling methods was about nine inches, although, there were some measured up to eleven inches. Bluegill up to seven inches were measured, but most of the fish were from five to six inches as were the other species of sunfish.
Yellow bullhead was the only roughfish species sampled in the summer survey, while both yellow bullhead and white sucker were caught in the 2010 spring assessment. Net catches for the bullhead suggest an abundant population. Anglers have an opportunity to catch some quality bullhead in Bass Lake as the average size was almost eleven inches with some measured over thirteen inches.
Anglers have a rare opportunity in this part of Minnesota to catch trophy size fish. Some of these fish attain their size because they have been recycled (caught and released). Please handle the fish with care when catching them and pass the fishing experience on to another. Fishermen and recreational boaters are reminded that they need to be diligent about cleaning both their boats and trailers when going between lakes to prevent the spread of exotic species. Bass Lake has a small watershed and water quality in the lake can be easily influenced by actions of landowners. Being a responsible lakeshore owner by maintaining home septic systems and keeping shoreline buffer zones will help to slow algae and excess weed growth.

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 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.

Are there any state parks near Bass Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park 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...
Mons Lake 1.3 mi 95 80 ft
Long Lake 1.5 mi 397 63 ft
Little Swan Lake 2.0 mi 164 67 ft
Big Swan Lake 2.0 mi 887 45 ft
Moose Lake 2.1 mi 129 26 ft
Mountain Lake 2.9 mi 56 44 ft
Buck Lake 3.0 mi 61 39 ft
Lake Pepin 3.5 mi 53 34 ft
Lady Lake 4.1 mi 174 62 ft
Twin Lake 4.8 mi 121 43 ft
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