Bemidji’s Deadly Dozen Lakes

BIGGER FISH. BETTER STORIES

These twelve famed lakes were tagged Bemidji’s Deadly Dozen by Fishing Minnesota back in 2000. There is a reason these lakes are popular. They produce. Now consider, these are just 12 of the over 400 lakes in a 25 mile radius of The First City on the Mississippi – that is why anglers keep coming back to explore the waters of Bemidji!

ANDRUSIA | BEMIDJI | BIG | BIG TURTLE | BIG WOLF | CASS | IRVING
KITCHI | PLANTAGENET | THREE ISLAND | TURTLE RIVER | WINNIBIGOSHISH


ID 04003800
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Cass Lake
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 1589.74 acres
LITTORAL AREA 423 acres
SHORE LENGTH 10.22 miles
MAXIMUM DEPTH 60 feet

LAKE ANDRUSIA

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, bullheads, burbot, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, sunfish, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), golden redhorse, greater redhorse, redhorse, river redhorse, shorthead redhorse, white sucker

Lake Andrusia covers 1,510 acres with 10 miles of wooded shoreline. Big Wolf and Cass Lake are accessible from Andrusia, and are known for fantastic walleye fishing year-round. Travel to this Minnesota lake during the seasonal migration of walleye before they begin to spawn. Nice size northern pike are abundant, too, as well as trophy muskie, large-mouth bass, perch and rock bass. The lake is set in the MN Chippewa National Forest, with the Mississippi inlet and outlet on the south end and flowage into Big Lake at the north end.

Andrusia Lake was named for Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States.



AREA 6595.96 acres
LITTORAL AREA 1862 acres
MAXIMUM DEPTH 76 feet
WATER CLARITY 5.0 feet

LAKE BEMIDJI

SPECIES: black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, redhorse, shorthead redhorse, white sucker, banded killifish, common shiner, finescale dace, golden shiner, Iowa
darter, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner, spottail shiner.

Rimming the shore of Lake Bemidji is downtown Bemidji, greeting all with an unmatched, sparkling welcome. It is along this lakeshore visitors can enjoy fishing piers, beaches, parks and picnic areas, an amusement center, one of Minnesota’s most beautiful golf courses, and the world famous statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox.

Lake Bemidji is one of Minnesota’s consistent, premiere fishing spots. Lake Bemidji is part of a connected system of lakes which includes Lake Irving upstream and Stump Lake downstream on the Mississippi River. Both of these lakes are readily accessible from Lake Bemidji providing additional, varied angling opportunities.

There are a total of six public boat landings located primarily on the north and west shores of the lake. Named by Game & Fish and one of Minnesota’s top ten places to fish from shore, handicapped accessible fishing piers are located at the inlet of the lake near downtown Bemidji and at Lake Bemidji State Park.

In winter, Lake Bemidji turns into a frozen snowy village! Whether you use the drill-and-hope approach (like Grumpy Old Men) or latest in high-tech electronic gear, the great outdoors, the snow, the crisp, fresh air—ice fishing Lake Bemidji may turn into one of the best fishin g days you’ll ever have! Equipment and fish house rentals available around the Bemidji area.

Connecting to Lake Bemidji is Lake Irving. Viewed as one lake by the Ojibwe, the waterway was described as a “bimijigamaa” (lake that traverses another body of water), thus naming it “Bemijigamaag-zaaga’igan” (Traversing Lake). Because of the unique form Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving collectively form – the shape of a footprint– legend declare these lakes were actually formed by Paul Bunyan himself, as he walked the Bemidji northwoods.

When you consider lakes Bemidji and Irving are just two of over 400 lakes found within a 25 mile radius, you begin to understand– there is a lot of sky blue waters to explore when you Visit Bemidji!



ID 04004900
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Bemidji
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 3595.98 acres
LITTORAL AREA 2106 acres
SHORE LENGTH 16.64 miles
MEAN DEPTH 14.1 feet
MAXIMUM DEPTH 35 feet

BIG LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, sunfish, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), white sucker, banded killifish, bigmouth shiner, blackchin shiner, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, common shiner, darters, fathead minnow, golden shiner, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner, mottled sculpin, pugnose shiner, sculpin, spottail shiner, tadpole madtom



ID 04015900
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Bemidji
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 1606.3 acres
LITTORAL AREA 718 acres
SHORE LENGTH 11.45 miles
MAXIMUM DEPTH 45 feet

BIG TURTLE LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, northern sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, smallmouth bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), white sucker, banded killifish, blackchin shiner, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, central mudminnow, common shiner, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner, mottled sculpin, spottail shiner, tadpole madtom



ID 04007900
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Bemidji
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 1073.39 acres
LITTORAL AREA 390 acres
Shore Length 7.97 miles
Maximum Depth 57 feet

BIG WOLF LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), greater redhorse, redhorse, shorthead redhorse, white sucker, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, common shiner, fathead minnow, golden shiner, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner



ID 04003000
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Cass Lake
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 15958.32 acres
LITTORAL AREA 3119 acres
SHORE LENGTH 45.38 miles
MAXIMUM DEPTH 120 feet

CASS LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, bullheads, burbot, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, sunfish, tiger muskellunge, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), greater redhorse, redhorse, shorthead redhorse, white sucker, banded killifish, bigmouth shiner, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, brassy minnow, brook stickleback, common shiner, fathead minnow, golden shiner, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner, mottled sculpin, ninespine stickleback, spottail shiner, tadpole madtom, trout-perch

It is the 11th largest lake in Minnesota, and the 8th largest lake lying entirely within the borders of the state. In the Ojibwe language, the lake is called Gaa-miskwaawaakokaag (where there are many red cedars), and was known to early explorers and traders in French as Lac du Cedre Rouge, and English as Upper Red Cedar Lake.



ID 04014000
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Bemidji
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 661.31 acres
LITTORAL AREA 546 acres
SHORE LENGTH 5.29 miles
MEAN DEPTH 10 feet
MAXIMUM DEPTH 19 feet

IRVING LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), redhorse, shorthead redhorse, silver redhorse, white sucker, banded killifish, blackchin shiner, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, central mudminnow, common shiner, fathead minnow, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner, tadpole madtom

Lake Irving was named for Washington Irving, the American author.



ID 04000700
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Pennington
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 1858.1 acres
LITTORAL AREA 714 acres
SHORE LENGTH 14.21 miles
MAXIMUM DEPTH 50 feet

KITCHI LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), redhorse, river redhorse, shorthead redhorse, white sucker, common shiner

Part of Cass Lake Chain. Kitchi is derived from a Ojibwe-language word meaning “big lake”.



ID 29015600
COUNTY Hubbard
NEAR Nary
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 2530.82 acres
LITTORAL AREA 986 acres
SHORE LENGTH 10.98 miles
MEAN DEPTH 25 feet
MAXIMUM DEPTH 65 feet

PLANTAGENET LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, sunfish, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), greater redhorse, redhorse, shorthead redhorse, silver redhorse, white sucker, banded killifish, bigmouth shiner, blackchin shiner, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, brassy minnow, central mudminnow, common shiner, creek chub, darters, fathead minnow, golden shiner, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner, shiners, spottail shiner, tadpole madtom



ID 04013400
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Turtle River
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 729.49 acres
LITTORAL AREA 635 acres
SHORE LENGTH 10.37 miles
MAXIMUM DEPT 25 feet

THREE ISLAND LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, bullheads, burbot, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, northern sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), redhorse, shorthead redhorse, white sucker, blackchin shiner, brook stickleback, central mudminnow, golden shiner, Iowa darter, Johnny darter

Often overlooked because of its small size, Three Island Lake is a true sleeper lake. The sixth lake on the Turtle River chain.



ID 04011100
COUNTY Beltrami
NEAR Turtle River
BORDER WATER No
SENTINEL LAKE No
AREA 1740.3 acres
LITTORAL AREA 668.6 acres
SHORE LENGTH 17.29 miles
MEAN DEPTH 20 feet
MAXIMUM DEPTH 63 feet

TURTLE RIVER LAKE

FISH SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, hybrid sunfish, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, northern pike, northern sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, sunfish, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), redhorse, shorthead redhorse, silver redhorse, white sucker, banded killifish, blackchin shiner, bluntnose minnow, central mudminnow, common shiner, golden shiner, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner, mottled sculpin, pugnose shiner, spottail shiner, tadpole madtom, trout-perch



LAKE AREA 56471.63 acres
LITTORAL AREA 18904 acres
MAXIMUM DEPTH 69.8 feet
WATER CLARITY 9.9 feet

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

SPECIES black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, lake whitefish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, sunfish, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), shorthead redhorse, white sucker, banded killifish, blackchin shiner, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, brassy minnow, common shiner, emerald shiner, fathead minnow, golden shiner, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, logperch, mimic shiner, mottled sculpin, sand shiner, spotfin shiner, spottail shiner, tadpole madtom, trout-perch

Located in the Chippewa National Forest you’ll find the 4th largest lake in Minnesota, known locally as “Lake Winnie,” famed for it’s superb walleye, northern pike, muskie and jumbo perch. With seven public accesses, 95% of the lake’s shoreline is uninhabited. Its name comes from the Ojibwe language Wiinibiigoonzhish, a diminutive and pejorative form of Wiinibiig, meaning “filthy water”.