This lake is located in the western portion of Lakeville, west of the intersection of I-35 and highway 50.
Walleye: above average abundance, average size.
Northern Pike: average abundance, above average size.
Largemouth Bass: average abundance, average size.
Bluegill: above average abundance, smaller than average size.
Crappie:average abundance, average size with some larger individuals present.
Hybrid Muskie: above average abundance, average size with some larger fish present.
Bullhead species: above average abundance, above average size.
Yellow Perch: average abundance, average size.
The city owned access is located on the south shore of the lake. Travel west of I-35 on 172nd street, then follow the lake around to the left on Kodiak Ave. to the access.
There are surface use restrictions on this lake. See signs at the access.
Angling from shore on this lake is limited by heavy vegetation growth most of the year. There are three areas of public shoreline on Orchard Lake: the boat access site, the public beach on the west shore, and a small open space at the northeast corner of the lake. Anglers may fish at any of these sites.
- Population assessment in 2012. Re-survey in 2018.
- Stock 468 hybrid muskie (2 per acre) in even numbered years.
- Stock 177,000 walleye fry (1,000 per littoral acre) annually.
- Monitor winter oxygen level as needed.
- Coordinate with local government staff to obtain and deploy a fishing pier.
Exotic Species Alert:
This lake contains Eurasian water milfoil. Remove any visible plant material from your boat, trailer, and other boating equipment before leaving the lake.
Orchard is one of the better sites for hybrid muskie fishing. Sunfish are very abundant but smaller than averaged size, with a large population of hybrid sunfish present. Walleye abundance has increased, with a good population at present.