Lake Zumbro

 

Lake Zumbro is a 600-acre
reservoir created by a hydroelectric dam on the Zumbro River. The river's influence creates changing water levels and clarity. A unique fishery exists providing an array of riverine and lake species. An established shoreline fishing area can be found by Fisherman's Inn Restaurant as well as a fee-to-launch boat ramp. There are also two public boat ramps. This lake is currently listed as an impaired water for turbidity and nutrients, however, water quality is improving.

 Game Fish Species

  • Black and white crappie - good population of black crappie
  • Bluegill - good population
  • Channel catfish - good population
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass - good population
  • Muskellunge - stocked beginning in 1994.  Some large fish are currently present.  Stocking ended in 2008
  • Northern pike - abundance has increased in recent years with fair numbers of quality size pike
  • Walleye - fingerling stocking started in 2007 with the goal of establishing a walleye fishery
  • White bass - none were sampled during the 2007 survey, and populations have fluctuated in past surveys
    • past fish kills likely had a large impact on white bass populations
  • Yellow perch - population fluctuates

Non-Game Fish Species

  • Common Carp
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Golden, shorthead and silver redhorse

Invasive Species

Reports

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