By Julie Gates, Outdoors Inn at Balsam Lake
Balsam Lake is a beautiful lake situated in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. It’s part of the Glacial Lake Grantsburg subwatershed and its shore is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. While there is much to love about this lake, one of its best features is that there are many species of fish that can be found living in its waters!
Some of the most common species of fish that live in the lake are Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, and Sunfish. Walleye and Northern Pike are some of the largest fish in the lake and are favored among anglers as they are most commonly caught fish. Smallmouth bass also live in the lake and can be a great addition to your fishing experience. Bluegills, Crappie and Sunfish are usually found in shallower areas of the lake and can provide interesting challenge for anglers.
Not only does Balsam Lake offer quality fishing, it also supports a variety of other aquatic wildlife. You can expect to find Amphibians and Reptiles, including frogs and snakes. Waterfowl like ducks, pelicans, and gulls are also present in the lake and great blue herons often wade in the shallow areas of the lake in search of food.
Overall, Balsam Lake is a great place to enjoy fishing, observing aquatic wildlife, and time with family. If you’re looking for a great place to stay while you’re in town, check out Outdoors Inn at Balsam Lake for a room or two.