East Metro Area Fisheries



Big Marine Lake


Seven miles east of the City of Forest Lake, just south of Mn. 97. 

Species Present:

Largemouth Bass: above average abundance, above average size
Northern Pike: above average abundance, small average size but occasional larger ones caught.
Walleye: average abundance, average size.
Bluegill: above average abundance, small average size.
Crappie: average abundance, average size with some larger ones present.
Bullhead species: average abundance, average size.
Yellow Perch: average abundance, small average size.


Boat Access:

Additional Winter Access:

West shore of lake: East of Manning on 185th Street. 

Shore Fishing:

Shore fishing is limited on Big Marine. There is a fishing pier within the county park, just south of the boat access. Some anglers fish from shore near the outlet on the north shore of County Road #4. Parking is limited and the lake is quite shallow at this location. 

Management Plans:

  1. Fisheries standard lake survey in 2018.
  2. Fisheries targeted lake survey in 2020 (Gillnet and Electrofishing).
  3. Stock 1,152 pounds of Walleye annually. 

Aquatic Invasive Species Alert:

This lake contains Eurasian watermilfoil. Remove any visible plants from your boat, trailer, or other boating equipment before leaving the lake. 


Big Marine has arguably the best Largemouth Bass fishing in the east metro area. Northern Pike are abundant, but small. Walleye are present, but do not bite very well. Bluegills are small to average size. Good water quality and abundance of natural shoreline make Big Marine a popular location. Winter fishing is often limited by snow as most anglers have to travel long distances from access points to reach their fishing locations.

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