Fishing in Martin County

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.

Big Twin Lake
Southwest of Trimont
457 Acres, 18 Feet Deep
Big Twin Lake contains a good supply of walleyes, crappies, catfish, and bullheads. The lake has an aeration system, which allows it to avoid winterkill. Many fishermen view this lake as one of the best sites for trophy caliber fish.

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.

Cedar Lake
Northwest of Trimont
710 Acres, 7 Feet Deep
Cedar Lake is about as shallow and flat as they come. Surprisingly it had a gillnet count of 5.33 walleyes and the lake is not even managed for walleyes. Sampled walleyes weighed in at 2.72 pounds! Experts believe that walleyes are entering Cedar from nearby Fish Lake which is regularly stocked.

Fox Lake
Northeast of Sherburn
1,041 Acres, 20 Feet Deep
Fox Lake is known for its great catfish population with its gillnet catch rate at 15.2 / set, and lengths ranging from 7.28 to 22.83 inches. Black and white crappies are also quite prevalent. Experts view Fox Lake as a strong site for winter and spring crappie fishing. Tiger muskie were introduced in 1995 and are doing well.

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.

South Silver Lake
South of Fairmont
245 Acres, 22 Feet Deep
Experts get excited about the largemouth bass population in South Silver. South Silver retains much better vegetation than other area lakes, thus explaining strong bass, bluegill, and crappie population. Crappie nets came up with fish averaging 9.5 inches in length. Walleye measured in gillnets varied in length from 11 inches to 26 inches. Also try the western edge for northerns.

Wilmert Lake
South of Fairmont
362 Acres, 8 Feet Deep
Like many of its neighbors, Wilmert Lake holds a fabulous walleye population along with a nice number of crappies and bluegills. Even though Wilmert has a maximum depth of only 8 feet, don’t write it off.