Shields Lake


Shields Lake is located 1 mile south of Forest Lake in the City of Forest Lake. 

Species Present:

Walleye: Low abundance.
Northern Pike:average abundance, average size.
Largemouth Bass: low abundance, average size.
Bluegill: Average abundance, average size.
Crappie: Above average abundance, small size.


Boat Access:

Access to this lake is limited to carry-in boats. The city owned access is located at the northeast corner of the lake off Imperial Ave., south of highway 97. 

Shore Angling:

Shore angling is limited to the city-owned property at the northeast corner of the lake. A fishing pier is located at this site. 

Management Plans:

  1. Fisheries standard lake survey in 2025.
  2. Monitor winter oxygen levels as needed, with operation of aeration system by city when necessary.
  3. Stock 22 pounds of Walleye fingerlings when surplus fish are available.
  4. Continue operation of electric fish barrier on the outlet by the local watershed district. 


This lake was chemically reclaimed in 1994 as part of the Forest Lake Watershed Management Organization water quality improvement program for Forest Lake. Fishing opportunities are limited on this small lake, but fishing can be good for short periods. Walleyes and larger Bluegill have been the main attractions for anglers on this lake. 

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