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Florence Lake – MN (Isanti County) |Best Lake Review On The Web

Lake Stats

Fish Species

  • Black Bullhead
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Hybrid Sunfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Pumpkinseed Sunfish
  • Walleye

Watch our fishing trip to Florence lake on May 26th 2018 below


Florence lake has one public landing off Paul’s lake rd, which parallels Hwy 65.

Florence lake landing

The landing road makes a horseshoe and trailer parking is in the middle of the horseshoe.

Parking spots available in the middle of the horseshoe
Lots of space for parking

The landing has a concrete pad with a nice dock, so launching your boat is easy. When I was there, lots of people were standing on the dock. There also seems to be many kayaks on this lake, so we had to work around the people launching kayaks as well.

Launching the boat
Busy dock


Florence, Fannie, and Skogman lakes are all connected together by tributary streams to the Rum river.

Florence lake is at the western end of the string. In 2011, this lake experienced winterkill, but has since rebounded due to stocking efforts. It has an average abundance of northern pike, although most of them are on the small side. It also contains walleye, largemouth bass, and an abundance of bluegills.

Most of the lake is relatively shallow, with a deep hole on the northeast side, near the small channel that leads into Elms lake. There is one island that is close to the boat landing, but it was fairly shallow and weedy near it.

I didn’t get a chance to go into Elms lake, mainly because the water level was too low for our 17ft boat to go through the channel. I did see several kayakers go through it though.

DNR records show that this lake has been stocked with lots of walleye fry, and sampled walleyes were mostly in the 12-14 inch range.

Fishing Experience

We fished Florence lake on May 26th, in the late evening until dark. We were visiting friends in Cambridge who took us out on their boat. The boat was loaded down with four adults and four kids, so we didn’t get much serious fishing done, but the kids had a lot of fun.

An evening drive on Florence lake

We anchored near the channel that goes to Elms lake. It was shallow and clear at around 3-4 feet deep. We could see many fish beds.

Our fishing spot

We let the kids fish for panfish with their small kids poles. I got out my fly rod and gave it to the kids when I hooked one.

Reed’s crappie

We caught many small bluegills and crappies. We had a great time and had non-stop action, but nothing big enough to brag about.

Darrick’s bluegill

I did manage to throw a spinnerbait near the end and did have a bite, but lost whatever it was.

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