Lakes

Whether you like to go boating, canoeing, swimming, skiing, or tubing, Fairmont is the place to be. With a chain of five lakes within city limits, and 49 lakes in the county, there is plenty to do.

Amber Lake

180 Acres , 19 Feet Deep
The final member of Fairmont’s chain of lakes is relatively featureless, but don’t let that fool you, Amber is full of panfish. DNR reports that more crappies were sampled in 2001 than ever before. The east shoreline is great for both bass and northern pike. Channel catfish were also more abundant, averaging about 15 inches long, thus providing a bonus species.

Budd Lake
224 Acres, 23 Feet Deep
DNR surveys note an abundance of channel catfish which averaged 15.83 inches in length, with walleyes averaging 14.44 inches. This lake’s small size and bowl-like basin make it great for fishing weed edges and breaks around the lake.

George Lake
84 Acres, 11 Feet Deep
A very productive lake, this shallow bowl retains an ample supply of walleyes, crappies, perch, and bluegills. In 2001, statistics reveal that walleye size ranged from 7 to 22 inches with several around 16 inches. Many crappies were sampled in the 7.5 to 9 inch range. The public fishing pier in Lincoln Park is a great fishing spot.

Hall Lake
513 Acres , 27 Feet Deep
Hall is not noted for bass, however, it can be a sleeper as few people are looking for them. Most of the activity here is toward walleyes, with the average lengths being 19.79 inches. The experts describe Hall Lake as a “good overall fishery.” In addition to walleye, Hall is noted for its perch, crappies, and northern pike. However, it is probably the best lake in Fairmont for catching catfish.

Lake Sisseton
140 Acres , 19 Feet Deep
Lake Sisseton’s shoreline rock structure make it a good environment for breeding perch. In addition to deeper water, it has a weed line. This lake is good to excellent for walleye, largemouth bass, and bluegills. However, since it is connected with other lakes, fish movement is common.