Rural Retreat Lake - Fishing Opportunities

Some anglers visit the lake to fish for the muskie, which are stocked every year by the Department. With a largemouth bass creel limit of one and a minimum size limit of 18 inches, the lake provides good bass fishing. Northern pike were stocked from 1997 to 1999 to prey on small bluegill and crappie. This management strategy is working. Instead of many thin crappies, the lake's population is definitely shifting to fewer and fatter fish. In 1995, only one percent of the adult crappies in the lake were over eight inches long. By 2001, twenty-three percent of the adult crappies were over eight inches long. The lake has good numbers of six to eight inch crappie, and anglers are likely to catch some that are up to 10 inches long. Bluegills in the lake now average about 0.5-pound. Channel catfish up to 15 pounds can be caught from the lake. A small pond adjacent to Rural Retreat Lake is stocked seasonally with trout.