West Fox Lake

West Fox Lake near Fifty Lakes, Minnesota in Crow Wing County

Lake Area (acres): 449.41Click to View Lake Map PDF
Littoral Area (acres): 138
Maximum Depth (ft): 55
Water Clarity (ft): 16
Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 34 Varieties Sampled

Status of the Fishery (as of 08/04/2008)
Walleye fingerlings are currently stocked into West Fox every third year. The 2008 catch rate was average when compared to similar lakes (1.4/gill net). All of the fish were over 15″ with the average size measuring 21.8″.

Northern pike numbers were the highest to date (10.3/gill net). Size averaged 21.5″ and 2.3 lbs., with 17% of the fish measuring 24″ or larger.

Largemouth bass numbers were high in both gill nets (2.2/gill net) and trap nets (1.7/trap net). With both sampling gears combined, 26% of the fish were 12″ or larger.

Black crappies were caught in high numbers in gill nets (1.8/gill net) with an average size of 8.5″. The catch rate in trap nets was average (0.8/trap net). Size averaged 9.0″. With both sampling gears combined, 65% of the fish were 8″ or larger.

The bluegill catch rate was average (23.7/trap net), however, the fish were small. The average size was 5.1″ and only 8% of the fish were 7″ or larger.

The tullibee (cisco) gill net CPUE was average (2.1/gill net). Size averaged 15.0″. Tullibees are an important forage species for fish such as walleye and northern pike.

Other fish species sampled included banded killifish, bowfin (dogfish), brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, smallmouth bass, spottail shiner, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch.

West Fox Lake is connected to East Fox Lake for a combined size of 750 acres.