Largemouth Bass


The Hackensack area has some very good fishing for largemouth bass.  Don’t expect to find a bunch of trophy largemouth bass here, but 2 to 3 pounders are fairly common and most of the lakes in this area do have largemouth bass available.  Most anglers up here like to fish for walleye, pike, muskie and panfish, so bass are usually very under fished.


Baby Lake (Cass County, MN)


Baby Lake is a 705 acre lake located near Hackensack, Minnesota that has 11.73 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 69 feet.  There is a state owned public access on the southeast shore.  Baby Lake is a good multi-species lake with muskie, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass all here in good enough numbers to target them.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Birch Lake (Cass County, MN)


Birch Lake is a 1284-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.  Good fishing is available on Birch Lake for northern pike, walleye, crappie and largemouth bass.  This lake is known for producing some quality walleye.  Other fish include bluegill, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Child Lake (Cass County, MN)


Child Lake is a 316 acre lake with a maximum depth of 29 feet.  There is a user developed earthen access on state owned land on the south shore off Cass County Highway 5.  Child Lake is also accessible from Woman Lake through the Boy River.  The primary species of fish that anglers target on Child Lake are northern pike, bluegill, largemouth bass, and walleye.  Other fish include crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Little Webb Lake (Cass County, MN)


Little Webb Lake is a 168 acre lake located near Hackensack, Minnesota with 2.5 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 37 feet.  This lake is more of a northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish lake, although, there are some walleye in the lake too. Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Man Lake (Cass County, MN)


Man Lake is a 445 acre lake with a maximum depth of 93 feet.  There is no public access on the lake, however anglers using small fishing boats may be able to access the lake through the inlet channel from Baby Lake, which has a state-owned public access.  Man Lake is a good fishing lake for a variety of fish.  Good populations of muskie are available to go along with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye.  Northern pike, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are here in good numbers too.  Walleye have a history of having low to moderate numbers of walleye, but there are some quality walleye in this lake.  Other fish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


McKeown Lake (Cass County, MN)


McKeown Lake is a smaller lake that is connected to Man Lake via a small boat channel. Like the other lakes in this chain, there are a variety of fish to target.  Muskie, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch are available in this lake.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Pine Mountain Lake (Cass County, MN)


Pine Mountain Lake is a 1,567 acre lake located on the west side of Backus, MN.  There is a public access located in a city park on the east shore of the lake.  Pine Lake is a very good lake for walleye and northern pike.  There are some nice-sized northern pike here too.  For bass anglers, largemouth bass are available.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Pleasant Lake (Cass County, MN)


Pleasant Lake is 1,038 acre lake located near Hackensack, Minnesota that has 10.06 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 72 feet.  The lake is primarily managed for walleye and northern pike and secondarily for largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and tullibee (cisco).

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Portage Lake (Cass County, MN)


Portage Lake is 279-acre lake located near Hackensack, Minnesota that has 3.11 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 95 feet.  There is a US Forest Service owned earthen boat ramp on the south shore.  This lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass in the lake.  Walleye and northern pike are also available.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Stony Lake (Cass County, MN)


Stony Lake is a 595-acre lake located northeast of Hackensack, Minnesota.  This lake has over 7 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 50 feet.  There is a public access owned by the Minnesota DNR on the south shore of the lake.  The primary game fish in Stony Lake are walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass.  The last status of the fishery that was done by the DNR was in 2008 and back then, there were very good numbers of pike, walleye and bass.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Ten Mile Lake (Cass County, MN)


Ten Mile Lake is a 4669-acre lake located near Hackensack, MN that has 21.8 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 208 feet.  There is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public access on the southwest shore off of County Road 12.  Ten Mile Lake is known as a good lake for walleye.  The fishing is also good for northern pike, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Three Island Lake (Cass County, MN)


Three Island Lake is a 173 acre lake with a maximum depth of 13 feet.  Northern pike, largemouth bass and bluegill are the dominant fish in this lake.  Other fish include crappie, perch and some walleye.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Webb Lake (Cass County, MN)


Webb Lake is a 754 acre lake located near Hackensack, MN that has 7.56 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 84 feet.  There is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public access on the south shore off of County Road 5.  Northern pike and largemouth bass are abundant in this lake.  Walleye are also present in the lake, but not as abundant.  Other fish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Woman Lake (Cass County, MN)


Woman Lake is a 5496 acre lake with a maximum depth of 54 feet.  It is one of the better lakes in this area with several species of fish to target.  This is a good lake for walleye and northern pike.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie, bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch are also available in the lake.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Best Baits for Largemouth Bass


Largemouth bass will eat so many different baits and there are so many different lures that are made for catching these fish.  Anglers have more options than they really need, but since we have all these options, it’s nice to know about the different baits that are available.

Minnowsnightcrawlers and leeches are definitely the best live baits for largemouth bass.  When it comes to artificial lures, you have so many options.  Soft plastic worms, lizards, crayfish baits and minnows work great.  Hard baits such as crankbaits, topwater lures, spinnerbaits, jigs and jerkbaits are also all awesome choices for largemouth bass.

To learn more, take a look at our pages below.

Best Live Baits for Largemouth Bass

Best Lures for Largemouth Bass


Best Rigs for Largemouth Bass


There are so many different rigs for largemouth bass.  While you definitely don’t need to use all of them to consistently catch bass, it is important to learn how some of the rigs will help you fish certain areas or certain baits in a way to catch more fish.  Most good bass anglers will use several different rigs in a variety of situations to consistently catch quality largemouth bass.

The standup jighead, Texas rig, drop shot rig, wacky rig and Carolina rig are definitely some of the best rigs for largemouth bass page.


Best Techniques for Largemouth Bass


There are many different techniques that are used for largemouth bass fishing.  Casting a variety of baits to cover water is most popular, however, flipping & pitching is one of the best ways to catch bass around shallow water cover.

To learn more, take a look at our best techniques for largemouth bass page.


Learn More About Largemouth Bass


Our largemouth bass fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.

Visit our largemouth bass fishing website to learn more.