We thought this would be helpful for all you fisherpersons out there in answering some of those fishing questions. Of course, if you would like more information on each of these lakes, you can call us or click on the links to the Minnesota DNR website at the top of this page.

There are six different Portage Lakes in the area, Big Portage, Rice Portage, and Deep Portage are accessible with a boat via channels between the lakes. DNR does not have any information on Rice Portage (the middle lake).

​Deep Portage Lake

​Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 122.70
Littoral Area (acres): 30.70
Maximum Dept (ft): 105.00
Water Clarity (ft): 18.80
Dominant Bottom Substrate: sand, detritus, gravel
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: Abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 22.00

Length of Selected Species Sampled for the 2001 Survey Year are as follows:

 

Species 0-5″ 6-8″ 9-11″ 12-14″ 15-19″ 20-24″ 25-29″ >29″ Total
Black Crappie 2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 12
Bluegill 20 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
Largemouth Bass 4 1 5 6 3 0 0 0 19
Northern Pike 0 1 0 0 55 28 5 2 91
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Rock Bass 4 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
Tullibee (Cisco) 0 3 13 0 0 0 0 0 16
Walleye 0 0 0 3 17 5 1 0 36
Yellow Bullhead 0 0 16 3 0 0 0 0 19
Yellow Perch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Big Portage Lake

​Lake Characteristics:

Lake Area (acres): 918.00
Littoral Area (acres): 901.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 23.00
Water Clarity (ft): 8.10
Dominant Bottom Substrate: silt, sand.detritus
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: Abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 16.00

Length of Selected Species Sampled for the 1997 Survey Year are as follows:

There was a survey in 2002 and will put in results when come available

Species 0-5″ 6-8″ 9-11″ 12-14″ 15-19″ 20-24″ 25-29″ >29″ Total
Black Crappie 0 13 50 2 0 0 0 0 65
Bluegill 25 44 5 0 0 0 0 0 74
Brown Bullhead 0 4 0 9 0 0 0 0 13
Largemouth Bass 3 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 8
Northern Pike 0 0 7 8 28 27 11 1 82
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 9 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 27
Rock Bass 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Walleye 0 0 0 6 5 8 2 0 21
Yellow Bullhead 0 10 68 12 0 0 0 0 90
Yellow Perch 16 220 12 0 0 0 0 0 248

 

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