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outdoors Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Clark Lake

Clark is a 343-acre lake located one mile east of Nisswa, nestled close to Lake Hubert and right off County Road 13.

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Clark is an often overlooked gem in the Nisswa due to the fact there are no resorts on the lake. However, as a fisherman, this will work to your advantage. Due to low fishing pressure, the fish are always snapping.

Clark is mainly managed as a bass, northern and panfish fishery.  Walleye stocking has been mostly unsuccessful.

Largemouth bass, for both quantity and quality, are present in Clark. Target docks, especially on bright days, to find lunker largemouths. Another good area is the weeds near the north side of the island. Presentations include lipless cranks, spinner baits or senko worms rigged wacky style. Colors to try are green or chatreuse. Due to heavy weed cover, braided line is a smart option when targeting the Clark Lake bucketmouths.

Northern pike can be found either casting or trolling weed edges.  Make sure when you cast or troll that you tickle the weed to provoke strikes. Clark has a lot of hammer-handles but the potential for pike 30-plus inches is a possibility. To save yourself some tackle, attach a wire leader to your braided line when going after these toothy creatures.

When going after panfish on Clark, it is important to key in on the pockets in clumps of weeds. Using polarized glasses will help you see the pockets, allowing for precise casting. A simple plain hook tipped with a leech, crawler or wax worm will be all you need.

Clark Lake has a public access located off Clark Lake Dam Road that can accommodate larger boats.

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