Minnesota Lake

Stump Lake


From the Minnesota DNR:

Stump Lake is in class 35, a group of about 45 lakes, with primary distribution through north-central Minnesota. Bemidji area lakes included in this group are Rabideau, Gull, Big and Little Bass and Moose Lake, south of Shevlin. Typically lakes in this class are very irregular in shape and have a high percentage of littoral area (less than 15' deep). Stump Lake is a riverine system and lies about two and one-half miles downstream from Lake Bemidji so the fish community can be influenced by river flows. Access is from Lake Bemidji or a private access owned by Otter Tail Power Company off County Road 12.

Walleye are present, but abundance is below that of most comparable lakes. Walleye present are probably migrants from adjacent Lake Bemidji. Northern pike abundance has increased and the average weight of 2.1 pounds (21 inches) makes them attractive to some anglers. More than half of the pike examined had Neascus (black spot).

Yellow perch are also abundant but with an average size of seven inches and about one-fifth pound they are probably not attractive to anglers. Most perch also have Neascus (black spot). Three species of bullheads are present with yellow the most abundant and largest, followed by brown and black bullheads. Black crappie abundance has fallen considerably over the past three years based on angling/fishing reports although a few crappies near one-half pound are still available.

Largemouth bass abundance was not as high as expected possibly due to weather conditions during the assessment. An average length of about 13 inches can be attractive to anglers. The largest bass sampled was 19 inches in length. Bluegill abundance is also low but with a mean weight of nearly one-half pound (7.5 inches) they are attractive to anglers. Other panfish species, including pumpkinseed, rock bass and hybrid sunfish, are present though not abundant.

Muskellunge are present as migrants from Lake Bemidji though none were sampled in 1996. Other species found in Stump Lake would include suckers, redhorse, burbot (eelpout) and tullibee (cisco).



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