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Big Swan Lake

Todd County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Swan Lake, MN


How big is Big Swan Lake?
Big Swan Lake is approximately 887 sq acres (3.6 sq km) in size with 8 miles (13.0 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Big Swan Lake?
Big Swan Lake is approximately 45 feet (13.7 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 18 feet (5.5 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Banded Killifish, Blackchin Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Brassy Minnow, Brook Silverside, Central Mudminnow, Cisco (Tullibee), Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Lake Chub, Logperch, Spottail Shiner, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.



Are there places to stay in the Big Swan 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 Swan 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 Big Swan Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Big Swan 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 Swan 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 Big Swan Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Big Swan 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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History & Status of the Fishery

Big Swan Lake is a popular fishing lake west of the Town of Burtrum in Todd County. Big Swan Lake lies within an agricultural watershed, which results in reduced water clarity especially following snow melt and rain events. The lake also has curly leaf pondweed, which adds to the mid-summer nutrient loading. Algae blooms during the summer months are a common occurrence. Fishing structure includes weedlines, sunken bars and islands, as well as extensive bulrush beds.
The lake supports a diverse fish community that attracts anglers, including species such as walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, and black crappie. There is a regulation on the lake prohibiting the possession of northern pike between 24 and 36 inches, with one over 36 inches allowed. The regulation will change in spring of 2013 to a bag limit of six pike, but, the slot limit will be retained. The goal of the regulation is to improve the size structure of the pike population while decreasing numbers of smaller pike. Northern pike abundance, however, has shown increases the last two surveys and appears to be at a record high. Most of the pike observed in the survey were between 17 and 22 inches in length, however, fish over 30 inches were caught.
Walleye stocking appears to sustain the fishery in Big Swan Lake and a wide range of sizes look to be available to anglers. Average size in the survey was about 2 pounds but some trophy size fish have been observed. Larger largemouth bass up to 19 inches in length were observed in the spring electrofishing assessment which is the method used to evaluate bass populations. There also appears to be good numbers of bass between 15 and 17 inches. Yellow perch abundance showed a decline again since the last survey and although some anglers consider them to be pests, they can be an important food species for both northern pike and walleye. Perch can also be instrumental in helping maintain a well-balanced bluegill population with fast growing, quality size individuals.
Bluegill provide a popular summer fishery in the area at times. Anglers report having good luck catching 6 to 7-inch bluegill and fish up to 9 inches have been found. Winter seems to be the best time to find black crappies in Big Swan Lake. Recent ice fishing reports indicate the presence of a strong year class providing 8 to 10-inch crappie during the day. Spring assessments, spring electrofishing, and summer surveys have documented larger crappie over 12 inches. Other panfish species in Big Swan Lake include pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, and hybrid sunfish.
Big Swan Lake would also be an excellent choice for any angler seeking quality size bullhead. Two species of bullhead are present in the lake and both the brown and yellow bullhead catches had individuals over 13 inches in length. Other fish species found in Big Swan Lake include white sucker, bowfin or dogfish, and common carp. Suckers were caught during the summer survey while bowfin were observed in both the spring panfish and spring electrofishing assessment. Carp were observed in the spring electrofishing assessment.
Along with the release of the larger northern pike, anglers are encouraged to practice catch and release with the larger individuals of other species to achieve a balanced fish community and provide opportunity for quality size fish. Improving the water quality in Big Swan Lake should be a high priority of the lake association and landowners around the lake. Preservation of the emergent vegetation beds can help to improve water quality and protect shorelines as well as valuable fish habitat. Buffer strips along inlets and lakeshore property would also help to reduce nutrients entering the lake. Maintaining adequate septic systems, keeping grass clippings and raked leaves out of the lake, and the use of zero phosphorus lawn fertilizer are all ways for homeowners to help reduce added nutrients from entering the lake and contributing to excess algae and weed growth.


What is the average air temp for Big Swan Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big Swan 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 55°F (13°C) to a low around 32°F (0°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 Swan Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Big Swan Lake.

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

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