Youth Fishing Pond

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, East Old Shakopee Road and East 86th Street

Species present: Bluegill, Black crappieWhite crappieLargemouth bassChannel catfishNorthern pike

Youth Fishing Pond.

Depth: 14.5 feet

Size: 5.7 acres

Recent fish stocking

Wheelchair access: Poor

MTC bus: Route 538 and 539. The Mall of America Station is nearby and has multiple routes run through.

Park entrance fee: No

Restrooms: No

Parking: Good

Picnic: No

Grills: No

Playground: No

Other activities: Nature viewing, walking path

location map for Youth

Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service This link leads to an external site. (952) 854-5900

Fishing pier: Yes

Local Live Bait Stores

Comments: Youth Pond is conveniently located in the beautiful MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Since parking is three-quarters of a mile from the pond, enjoy birding and viewing other wildlife on your walk to this popular fishing destination.  The mostly forested shoreline of Youth Pond provides healthy habitat for fish.

2009 Lake Survey Results:

Location and Date Species Abundance Average Length (in) Maximum Length (in)
Youth black crappie low 7.2 10.0
(Hennepin) bluegill low 5.4 7.6
08/10/2009 green sunfish low 2.4 2.4
  hybrid sunfish low 5.7 6.8
  northern pike medium 16.1 19.6
  pumpkinseed sunfish low 3.2 3.4