Lake Information

Birch Lake near Hackensack, MN in Cass County


Lake Area (acres): 1267.19
Littoral Area (acres): 754.9
Maximum Depth (ft): 45
Water Clarity (ft): 13.3

Birch Lake is a 1,267-acre lake located near Hackensack, MN. There is a city-owned public access on the east shore in the city of Hackensack. The lake has 15 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 45 feet.

The best angling opportunities on Birch Lake are for Northern Pike, Walleye, Black Crappie, and Largemouth Bass.

Status of the Fishery (as of 08/05/2013)

Northern Pike – During the 2013 sampling, northern pike were abundant compared to other Lake Class 25 lakes and averaged 18 inches in length with fish over 30 inches present.

Walleye – Walleye were moderately abundant, averaged 19 inches, and ranged from 9 to 29 inches. Walleye fingerlings have been stocked every other year and have been providing a measureable contribution to the natural reproduction that is occurring.

Black Crappie – Black Crappie are within Lake Class 25 averages but on the lower end of long-range management goals. Black Crappie averaged 8 inches long and lengths ranged from 5 to 12 inches.

Largemouth bass – Largemouth bass averaged 11 inches in length with fish up to 19 inches sampled.

Bluegills – Bluegills numbers have declined in the past 4 surveys but are still within the averages for similar lakes. Sizes of Bluegill are small with an average length of 6 inches and the largest Bluegill captured being 8.5 inches.

Yellow perch – Yellow perch abundance is at a historic low.

Other species sampled in 2013 were Black Bullhead, Bowfin (dogfish), Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, White Sucker, and Yellow Bullhead.

All Birch Lake Information Provided By Minnesota DNR