Clear Lake is located along the east side of I-35 just south of the Forest Lake exit.
Walleye: average abundance, average size.
Northern Pike: below average abundance, above average size.
Tiger Muskie: low abundance, large average size.
Largemouth Bass: below average abundance, average size.
Bluegill: average abundance, small average size.
Crappie: below average abundance, average size.
Bullhead species: average abundance, smaller than average size.
Yellow Perch: average abundance, small size.
The DNR owned boat access is located on the west shore of the lake off the east frontage road to I-35. Exit I-35 at the Highway 97 exit; proceed east and turn left at the first road. The access is 1 mile north of Highway 97.
The public may fish along the shoulder of the I-35 frontage road along the west shore of the lake. Fishing may be hampered by overhanging trees and aquatic vegetation in some areas.
- Fisheries standard lake survey in 2021.
- Fisheries targeted survey for Walleye in 2018 (gillnets).
- Stock 267 pounds of Walleye fingerlings annually.
- Stock 401 Hybrid Muskie fingerlings (Tiger Muskie) in odd numbered years.
Aquatic Invasive Species Alert:
This lake contains Eurasian watermilfoil. Remove any visible plants from your boat, trailer, or other boating equipment before leaving the lake.
Harvest of Walleye is limited to fish over 17 inches. Daily limit for Walleye is 3 (only 1 can be over 30").
Clear Lake has consistently been one of the best Walleye fishing lakes in the area, with good water quality and lots of structure. Anglers have caught Walleye on this lake at a higher rate than any other lake in the area. Hybrid Muskie and Northern Pike are not abundant, but larger fish are present. Bluegill run small and are abundant. Crappie levels are average or below, but some larger Crappie have been caught (especially in the winter). Small Common Carp are common in this lake, but don't seem to limit angling.
This is a very popular ice fishing lake, but ice conditions can be dangerous due to springs. Use caution when traveling on the ice. Walleye and Crappie are the preferred targets of many ice anglers on Clear Lake.