Lake is located in Beltrami County. The lake is over 15,000
acres, over 3,000 acres of the lake are less than 15 feet deep
while the deepest part of the lake 120 feet.
There are 9 lakes on the Cass Lake Chain that are connected by
the Mississippi River. You can access the entire chain from the
docks at Sunset Cove Resort. The lakes in the chain include Big
Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, Cass Lake, Pike Bay, Buck Lake, Kitchi
Lake, Anderson Lake, Little Rice Lake and Big Rice Lake. There
are several other great fishing lakes in the area including Big
Lake, Little Wolf Lake, Pimushe Lake, Moose Lake, and many
smaller lakes. Two large area lakes that are known for great
fishing and recreational fun are Lake Winnibigoshish and Leech
Cass Lake has many islands to explore. One of the most
intriguing is Star Island, which is a several hundred acre
island with Lake Windigo nestled inside.
Our Minnesota fishing resort is a great place to stay if
your planning a fishing vacation to the Cass Lake area.
Many species reside in Cass lake including Black Bullhead, Black
Crappie, Bluegill, lake Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Northern
Pike, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, rock Bass, Tullibee, Walleye, Yellow
Bullhead and Yellow Perch.
The lake water levels are affected by the operation of two dams
on the Mississippi River. Otter Tail Power Company operates a
dam upstream, just below Stump Lake. At the Cass Lake outlet is
Knutson Dam, owned and operated by the U.S. Forest Service. The
Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians operates a commercial
fishery for lake whitefish and cisco on the Cass Lake chain. The
only special angling regulation currently in effect is a ban on
winter northern pike spearing for Cass Lake proper (excluding
the remainder of the chain of lakes).
Cass Lake is know for it's great Walleye fishing. If your
looking for a walleye lake you'll be pleased to know the walleye
population of Cass Lake remains healthy and is comprised of good
numbers of fish distributed among many different year classes.
However, the 2003 gill net catch rate of 10.5 fish/net is
currently below the long-term median catch rate of 13.3
fish/net. The historic data also indicate that overall walleye
biomass was slightly higher during the 1990's than in 2002 and
2003. It appears that the slight reduction in overall population
size may be due to the presence of two weaker-than-average year
classes that currently make up the adult segment of the
There are three Public Accesses on Cass Lake. Two are managed by
the US Forest Service. One is on the East Shore at Knutson Dam
and the other is on the East Shore at Norway Beach. The third
Access is managed by the Minnesota DNR and that is on the
Southwest Shore. All three accesses are concrete.
If your looking for a great Minnesota
Family Resort try Sunset Cove Resort on Cass lake.