Lake Mary is 2371 acres with a lot of natural shoreline. Lake Mary has a reputation as a good all around family fishing lake.
Fishing information from the DNR:
Lake Mary is a large, heavily developed recreational lake located southwest of Alexandria in Douglas County. The excellent fishery and numerous resorts attract many tourists to the lake during summer months. It is also a popular destination for local anglers. Two public accesses are available. The access located on the north shore is relatively shallow and is not conducive to launching larger boats, especially during years with lower water levels.
Water quality and aquatic habitat remain good and support a diverse fish community. Submergent vegetation is common throughout the basin and grows at depths up to twelve feet. Extensive areas of emergent vegetation are also present. Aquatic vegetation provides spawning, nursery, and feeding habitat for many gamefish species. Firm bottom substrate consisting of sand, gravel, and rock are common throughout the lake. A large rock and gravel bar located on the north end of the lake is the preferred spawning area for walleye. Protection of these critical habitats is essential to maintaining a healthy fish community.
Lake Mary is well known as a quality walleye fishery. Walleye fry are stocked on an alternate year basis to supplement natural reproduction. Gill net catches averaged 17.7 walleye/net in 2009, which is well above expectations for this type of lake. Fall electrofishing surveys and age structure analyses indicated consecutive strong year classes were produced from 2006-2008. Thus, walleye abundance will continue into the near future. Size structure of the walleye population is well balanced. Many small fish are present but good numbers of medium- to large-sized individuals also exist. Mean size in 2009 was 14.7 inches and 1.3 pounds. Walleye grow fast in this basin with most fish exceeding 15.0 inches between their third and fourth growing season.
A spring electrofishing survey indicated that largemouth bass are moderately abundant, but the majority of this population is comprised of smaller individuals. Bluegill and black crappie are also an important component of the sport fishery. Survey results indicated bluegill were moderately abundant with an average size of 6.6 inches and 0.2 pounds. Black crappie abundance was much higher than expected for this type of lake due to an extremely strong 2005 year class. Most fish were larger individuals. Mean size was 9.4 inches and 0.5 pounds. Northern pike abundance and size structure have increased in recent years. Large pike are present but similar to many lakes in west-central Minnesota, this population is dominated by smaller fish. Yellow perch abundance and size structure have also increased in recent years. Most perch are small but harvestable size fish are available.
Other species collected during the 2009 survey include black, brown, and yellow bullheads, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, tullibee, and white sucker.
Fish Stocking Activity
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years
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