A Top Multi-Species Fishery
Sand Lake is a top Minnesota Fishing Lake and is a naturally fed 4,300 acre lake with a maximum depth of 70 feet with a lot of 50 foot water. This means that Sand Lake, in the hottest part of the summer, will stay cooler than most other Minnesota Walleye Fishing lakes therefore allowing the fish to be more active the whole year through.
Sand Lake is connected to several other area lakes via the Bowstring River. The other lakes include Bowstring Lake, Little Sand Lake, Portage Lake, Bird’s Eye Lake, Rice Lake, Dora Lake, the Bowstring River and the Bigfork River. This comprises the Bowstring Chain of Lakes system. Starting at Little Bowstring Lake our water all flows north to the Hudson.
Lakewood Lodge is located in a quiet, protected 80 acre bay of Sand Lake. Our MN Resort is located on the south side of Sand Lake offering you fabulous sunset views as Lakewood Lodge faces the west looking across Lakewood Bay.
Anglers enjoy tremendous multi-species fishing as Sand Lake boasts an abundant supply of walleye, northern, bass, jumbo perch, crappie and pan fish. In cooperation with the DNR, the Sand Lake Property Owners Association has developed a very aggressive walleye stocking program. See our page titled “Sand Lake News” to read about the most recent stocking and reports.
Walleye Stocking on Sand Lake in Minnesota
Sand Lake News
Our Fall 2011 DNR Electrofishing results show a very good hourly catch rate for walleye of about 85 per hour and all six testing stations reported catching fish which is a good indicator of good distribution. A very high number of small crappie were also observed which bodes well for future crappie fishing on Sand Lake.
Fall 2009, the Sand Lake Association in conjunction with the MN DNR stocked approximately 40,000 walleye fingerlings into the lake. About 10,600 of those fingerlings were stocked at Lakewood Lodge. Sand Lake is one of the more aggressively stocked lakes for walleye in the state of Minnesota. Lakewood Lodge, the MN DNR and the Sand Lake Assoc work closely to continue to improve Sand Lake as a Great fishery. This clip shows the DNR stocking Sand Lake via the boat launch at Lakewood Lodge. This is one of 4 drops performed. Click here to see our video of Walleye Stocking of Sand Lake Fall on 2009!
Spring 2008, the Sand Lake Property Owners Association along with the DNR stocked Sand Lake with 2.4 million walleye fry.
Fall 2007, the DNR conducted their electro-fishing sampling and in accordance with the Sand Lake Property Owners Association/DNR’s Lake Management Plan stocked Sand Lake with 1897 pounds of walleye, of that 1897 pounds, 139 pounds were yearlings. These numbers represent a total number of walleye stocked of 36,719.
Fall 2006, the Sand Lake Property Owners Association in efforts with the DNR stocked approximately 350 pounds of Walleye fingerlings. The grower said these were the largest walleye fingerlings he has produced in the past decade. The range of fish stocked was 7” to 10”.
Fall 2006, the DNR conducted their electro-fishing sampling. Visibility was very poor at all 6 stations but the sampling range scored between 23.8 to 95 walleye per hour.
Summer 2006, the DNR performed their Gill Net sampling. Their lifts produced 8.2 walleye per lift. This is the highest lift number since testing began in 1957. Our Sand Lake Management Plan goal is 10 per lift. While we still have work to do we have come a long way.
Spring 2006, the DNR stocked 1.9 million walleye fry and the Sand Lake Property Owners Association along with the DNR stocked 6500+ 4” to 7” walleye fingerlings.
Spring 2006, the big island, known as Starr Island and Big Arrowhead Island, has been transferred from “private ownership” to the Conservation Fund and onto the Forestry Service. This was accomplished with strong efforts, a lot of work and many hours from the Sand Lake Property Owners Association, many local residents, the Forestry Service, the DNR and the Conservation Fund.