Guide To Fishing At Big Stone Lake
AKA: Big Stone Reservoir
Fishing is the big attraction at Big Stone Lake, a 12,600-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Ortonville. The nearly 60 miles of shoreline house the thousands of rocks and boulders on the lake bottom, for which the lake is named.
Fishing for bass, walleye, pike and perch is available year round, as ice fishing is a very popular activity in winter. The lake also has populations of white bass and sunfish. During spring, summer and fall anglers will find excellent fishing from the shore, fish houses, and all types of boats. The lake is big enough for pleasure boats, pontoons and fishing boats, yet small enough to welcome canoes and kayaks. There are a few boat launch ramps on the MN side of the lake, with the most popular being at Big Stone Lake State Park. Click here for information on Big Stone Lake boat ramps in SD. Camping, an RV park and lodging is available at or nearby the lake.
What to fish for...
Fishing for largemouth bass, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, rock bass, white bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Big Stone Lake in Minnesota.
Primary fish species residing in Big Stone Lake
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Big Stone Lake Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
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Fishing Boat Rentals
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Rentals: Pontoon boats
Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Big Stone Lake State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off State Park Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Mallard Point Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Schrivers Lane, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Riverside Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off County Road 30, this is two, two-lane, concrete ramps with docks and gravel parking.
Click here for a Minnesota Fishing License.
Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Big Stone Lake State Park Campground - 320 839-3663
Lakeshore RV Park - 320 305-7159
Big Stone Lake campgrounds in South Dakota
Big Stone Lake MN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Big Stone Lake
Big Stone Lake State Park
35889 Meadowbrook State Park Road
Ortonville, MN 56278
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Fishing for bass, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch and northern pike in western Minnesota.