East Metro Area Fisheries



White Bear Lake


Cities of White Bear, Mahtomedi, Dellwood, Birchwood and White Bear Township.The lake is east of MN Highway 61 and south of MN. highway 96. 

Species Present:

Walleye: average abundance, average size.
Northern Pike: above average abundance, average size.
Muskellunge: average abundance, average size with some larger individuals present.
Largemouth Bass: above average abundance, average size, with some larger fish present.
Smallmouth Bass: low abundance, average size.
Bluegill: above average abundance, average size but some larger ones present.
Crappie: above average abundance, average size.
Bullhead Species: below average abundance, above average size.
Yellow Perch: low abundance, small size.


Boat Access:

Shore Fishing:

There are two public fishing piers on this lake, in addition to undeveloped public land along highway 96 adjacent to the north shore of the lake.

Management Plan:

  1. Fisheries standard lake survey in 2018.
  2. Fisheries targeted lake survey for Muskellunge in 2017 and 2018.
  3. Stock 1,314 pounds of Walleye fingerlings annually.
  4. Allow stocking of Muskellunge fingerlings or yearlings by private sector. 

Aquatic Invasive Species Alert:

This lake contains Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels. Remove any visible plants from your boat, trailer, or other boating equipment before leaving the lake. Drain all water from boats and equipment before leaving the lake. 


White Bear Lake is a popular angling lake. Largemouth Bass are the favorite target of summer angling. Northern Pike are easily caught, but they tend to be small (18 - 22 inches). Walleye angling is better early in the season and in the fall. Anglers should be prepared to compete with recreational boaters, especially during weekends and holidays.

Ice fishing is also popular on this lake. Panfish, Northern Pike and Walleye are all popular targets of ice anglers on White Bear. Anglers traveling on the ice should do so with caution as springs are present. Open water areas may be present as a result

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