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Home Overlooking Crane Lake on Hilltop Road with in walking distance to the public landing. Must see 2 bedroom cabin. Attached garage has drive through access to the back yard and the guest cabin has a private bathroom. Crane Lake is a jumping off point for Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
According to the DNR
Crane Lake is a 3,088 acre lake, located near the border of Minnesota and the Province of Ontario. Crane Lake is part of the Namakan Reservoir, which also includes Kabetogama, Little Vermilion, Namakan, and Sand Point lakes. There is no road access to several of the conjoining lakes, thus anglers often gain access to these lakes by boat travel from road access points located on Crane lake.
Eleven species were present in the 2011 gill netting population assessment on Crane Lake. Crane is managed primarily for its walleye fishery and walleye was the most common gamefish in the catch contributing over 45% by number and 49% by weight of the total gamefish catch.
Walleye gill-net abundance in 2011 was 12.58 fish/set, which is better than 75% of lakes in a similar lake class throughout the state. This is also a similar catch rate to the last three sampling efforts which took place in 2006, 2002, and 1999. Walleye between 4.6 and 21.7 inches were captured with an average of 13.2 inches. Walleye growth in Crane lake is extremely slow when compared to other lakes in the area, with a 4 year old fish being on average 10.8 inches long. Thirteen age groups were present ranging from zero to thirteen years with a mean of 3.67 years. The 2006 year class was the strongest sampled and contributed nearly 28% of the total catch.
The northern pike gill-net abundance of 2.83 fish/set is right on par with the three previous surveys which average 2.95 and is above 50% of other similar lakes in the state. The lengths ranged from 18.4 to 33.9 inches with a mean length of 23.0 inches. Northern pike contributed over 28% of the total fish yield in gill nets and had a mean weight of 2.68 lbs/fish. There is 7 year classes represented ranging from 2 to 8 years of age. Growth was also slow when compared to other lakes in the area.
The sauger gill-net abundance of 2.17 fish/set was comparable to abundance in each of the three previous investigations. Average weight (0.40 lbs) was below 25% of similar lakes throughout the state. Lengths ranged from 5.9-13.9 inches with a mean of 10.6 inches. Like walleye and pike, the growth rates for sauger were also slow.
The black crappie gill-net abundance of 1.58 fish/set was the second highest catch rate on record for Crane lake and was above 75% of similar lakes. Crappie lengths ranged from 4.3 to 12.4 inches with a mean of 10.1 inches and an average weight of 0.70 pounds.
The yellow perch gill-net abundance of 8.58 fish/set was similar to the three previous surveys (7.43 in 2006, 7.42 in 2002, and 9.92 in 1999). The average perch length was 6.8 inches with a maximum length of 9.4 inches. Five year classes were represented with ages ranging from 3 to 7 years. Age-3 fish represented just over 47% of the total sample. Perch growth is also very slow when compared to other lakes in the area.
Other species captured in the 2011 gill-net investigation included cisco, lake whitefish, rock bass, silver lamprey, silver redhorse, and white sucker.