Our Waters - The Cass Lake Chain, Minnesota
CASS LAKE, is the main lake with 15,996 acres and a maximum depth of 120 feet. Walleye over 10 lbs. and muskie over 40 lbs. are caught in Cass Lake's waters each season. Other game species include northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, and the elusive burbot.
ANDRUSIA LAKE, located between Big Wolf Lake and Allen's Bay of Cass Lake, is a quality fishing lake best-noted for its excellent walleye fishing all year long. Andrusia is particularly popular in the spring and fall when anglers take advantage of the seasonal migration of walleyes before and after the spawn. Muskies, northern pike, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and jumbo perch are all present in fishable numbers in Andrusia's
PIKE BAY LAKE, Pike Bay Lake is a clear lake with deep weed growth and a series of underwater islands that make it an interesting and productive lake to fish. Provides excellent musky, walleye, pike and jumbo perch fishimg
BIG RICE LAKE, the northern most lake on the Cass Lake chain is located up the Turtle River from Kitchi Lake and Little Rice Lake. Big Rice Lake is known for itís bluegill and crappie fishing, but also provides good walleye, northern pike, and largemouth bass fishing. The Turtle River is a State designated canoe route with maintained camping and rest areas along the way. Plan a scenic boat ride up the Turtle River to the remote lakes of the Cass Lake chain.
BIG WOLF LAKE, located up the Mississippi River from Andrusia, is best-known for its walleye fishing, especially in the spring and fall. Big Wolf gives up an occasional trophy muskie and also has some large northern pike and a few largemouth bass. Jumbo perch are the most abundant panfish.
KITCHI LAKE, just to the North of Cass is accessable through a channel in the Turtle River and a small lake called Pug Hole. Kitchi is full of pike, walleye, bass, bluegill, crappie, perch and some huge musky.
STAR ISLAND is one of the unique features of the Cass Lake area is right in the middle of the lake: Star Island - accessible only by boat, but well worth a visit.
Named fo its shape by the Chippewa Indians, the island boasts its own lake, Lake Windigo, which is featured in Ripley's "Believe It or Not" as "lake in the island in the lake."
The island is both public and private. There are homes on the island under a lease arrangement with the federal government, but the Forest Service manages the island for scenic and recreation use as well.
A campground an six miles of hiking trials make the island open for all kinds of recreational uses.
The island is also part of the Chippewa National Forest's 10-section area, protected since 1902 from timber cutting. Its old growth pine trees make it a favorite with bald eagles.
According to a history of the island, Hudson's Bay Co. once had cabins on the northwestern part of the island.
Zebulon Pike visited the island in 1806, and in 1832, Henry Schoolcraft came to the island to ask Chippewa leader Yellow Head to lead him to the source of the Mississippi River.
The Indian village on the island was reportedly wiped out in the 1890s, when a smallpox epidemic also took a heavy toll on the mainland population.
In 1909, the federal government granted the first permit to a private citizen to build a vacation home. Until a few years ago, the island was served by the Postal Service - by boat.