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Cedar is located in Todd County, Minnesota. This lake is 139 acres in size. It is approximately 28 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed and.
138 acres
28 feet
14 feet
2.0 miles
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Brown Bullhead
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Banded Killifish
Blacknose Shiner
Golden Shiner
Hybrid Sunfish
Iowa Darter
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Cedar.
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STAY 22: Cedar

Cedar Lake is a clear water lake with light development and is bordered by Highway 71. Development is restricted around the lake due to roadways near the west and north shores and marsh areas on the south. Water clarity was good with a secchi disk reading of 13 feet in mid-August which allows vegetation to grow to depths of 19 feet. Flatstem pondweed and coontail were the most common submergent plants found in the lake. Sand was the most abundant shallow water substrate. The lake has very little fishing structure other than weedlines and a steeper drop-off along the west side. Cedar Lake supports a variety of fish species including largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, black crappie, and walleye. This variety attracts anglers on a regular basis.
Northern pike abundance appears to have gone down since the last survey and is at a historic low for the lake. Most anglers would call the pike "hammerhandles" as the average size was 18 inches or 1.3 pounds. Only one of the pike caught was more than 24 inches in length. Walleye abundance appears to have increased, but, remains within the normal range when compared to similar type lakes. The walleye population is maintained through both fall fingerling stocking and natural reproduction. All of the walleye caught in the summer survey were between 14 and 17 inches in length. Cedar Lake has an abundant largemouth bass population. The electrofishing bass catch rate was one of the highest in the area. Most of the bass were small (7.5 to 10 inches in length). There were some bass over 16 inches caught in the electrofishing effort with the largest at 19 inches. Yellow perch numbers continue to be lower than desired. It is anticipated that with the low northern pike numbers, the perch population will have a chance to increase in abundance.
A panfish assessment was conducted in early June of 2009 to evaluate the bluegill and black crappie populations. The assessment sampled a fair number bluegill, but black crappie abundance appears to be low as few crappie were caught in both the spring and summer nets. Average size of the bluegill caught in the spring assessment was about 7 inches with one up to 9 inches observed. Anglers who can locate the crappie have a chance to catch some up to 11 inches, as some were netted in assessments. Pumpkinseed sunfish were also common in the spring assessment as were hybrid sunfish.
Two species of bullhead, brown and yellow, were caught in the 2009 summer survey with the yellow bullhead the most numerous. Yellow bullhead can be an indicator of good water quality as they are less tolerant of turbid water than brown or black bullhead. The single brown bullhead was over 12 inches and many of the yellow bullhead were over 11 inches in length. Bowfin or dogfish abundance appears to be normal for this type of lake and although most anglers are not happy to see a dogfish on their line, the fish can provide some exciting fishing.
Protecting the water quality in Cedar Lake should be a high priority for the State, County, and lakeshore owners. Since development on the lake is restricted, road run-off and nutrients via the inlets would likely have the most impact on the lake. Anglers are encouraged to keep the northern pike under 24 inches in length and release the larger pike as well as limiting their harvest of the larger bluegill. These practices will help provide a more balanced fish community.

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