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Gun Lake

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Friday, Jul 23 2021
Located in both Barry and Allegan counties and spanning 2,680 acres with a maximum depth of 68 feet, Gun Lake features two basins, east and west, separated by a large point on the northeast side of the lake. It is very popular with anglers who take advantage of bass fishing opportunities there and its good access."The lake is next to the Yankee Springs State Recreation Area," explained local fisheries biologist Matt Diana. "There is a public access site there for boats and shore fishing opportunities. There's also a County Park ramp on the southwest shore of the west basin that offers additional access."Those who pursue the angling opportunities on this lake have much to look forward to. Recent surveying efforts by the DNR show high densities of northern pike with average growth, a prolific yellow perch fishery, and a growing walleye population."There are three cooperative walleye rearing ponds for this waterbody, in partnership with the Gun Lake Protective Association," Diana said. "The DNR provides the fry and we help the Association support the fish while they grow. They're then stocked when they reach about two inches."The walleye fishing is improving due to the stocking program, however bass and bluegills are still the main draw on Gun Lake. Most of the fish caught during tournaments are largemouth bass, but smallmouth bass are present as well. Bluegills were the most common fish harvested during a recent creel survey on the lake.




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Gun Lake


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Located in both Barry and Allegan counties and spanning 2,680 acres with a maximum depth of 68 feet, Gun Lake features two basins, east and west, separated by a large point on the northeast side of the lake. It is very popular with anglers who take advantage of bass fishing opportunities there and its good access."The lake is next to the Yankee Springs State Recreation Area," explained local fisheries biologist Matt Diana. "There is a public access site there for boats and shore fishing opportunities. There's also a County Park ramp on the southwest shore of the west basin that offers additional access."Those who pursue the angling opportunities on this lake have much to look forward to. Recent surveying efforts by the DNR show high densities of northern pike with average growth, a prolific yellow perch fishery, and a growing walleye population."There are three cooperative walleye rearing ponds for this waterbody, in partnership with the Gun Lake Protective Association," Diana said. "The DNR provides the fry and we help the Association support the fish while they grow. They're then stocked when they reach about two inches."The walleye fishing is improving due to the stocking program, however bass and bluegills are still the main draw on Gun Lake. Most of the fish caught during tournaments are largemouth bass, but smallmouth bass are present as well. Bluegills were the most common fish harvested during a recent creel survey on the lake.


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