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South Lindstrom Lake, MN (Chisago County) | Best Lake Review on the Web

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South Lindstrom Lake Stats

  • Acres: 454
  • Max Depth: 34 feet
  • Mean Depth: 17.3 feet
  • Shore Length: 3.91 miles
  • Water Clarity: 3.8 feet (2014)
  • Water Color: Light Green
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Fish Species in South Lindstrom Lake

  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Green Sunfish
  • Hybrid Sunfish
  • Yellow Perch
  • Bullhead (Black, Brown, yellow)
  • Bowfin (Dogfish)
  • Common Carp
  • White Sucker

Watch us fish South Lindstrom in early August

Boat Landings on South Lindstrom Lake

South Lindstrom boat landing

South Lindstrom has one public boat landing. The interesting thing about this landing is that it shares a landing with Chisago lake.

The landing is in the channel that connects the two lakes together.

South Lindstrom parking lot

The parking lot is huge, accommodating 60 boat trailers.

South Lindstrom boat launch

It has a nice concrete launch with two slots and docks for each.

Amenities at the landing

I always appreciate when there is a place to throw trash and porta-potties available.

Special Regulations

This lake has special regulation when fishing bass. They are trying to increase the size of the largemouth bass, so you must release all bass 12 inches or bigger.

Commentary about South Lindstrom Lake

Looking northeast from landing

South Lindstrom lake is part of the Chisago chain of lakes and is located in the small town of Lindstrom, MN.

The Chisago chain is made up of five lakes. At one time it was just one big lake. In 1948 when the railroad closed, they filled in the channels between lakes to put in a highway, which created five separate lakes.

We now have, Chisago, South Lindstrom, North Lindstrom, North Center and South Center lakes. All are named for the city they are closest to. Today, the chain of lakes also includes Green Lake, and Little Green Lake.

Underwater at South Lindstrom

The water here has a green tint to it and has nice weed beds in the shallow areas.

As you saw above, this lake was selected for an experimental regulation to help improve the largemouth bass population, by releasing all bass 12 inches or bigger.

The DNR has been stocking this lake with walleyes, so it is suppose to have a decent walleye population too. According to the Sportsman’s Guide book (which I highly recommend), The deep water at the center of the lake is a good place to catch them.

World’s most awesome pontoon

Since South Lindstrom is located in the town of Lindstrom, the shoreline is surrounded by homes. This particular home caught my eye. Its kind of hard to miss a double decker pontoon made of 2×4’s and topped with 6 flags. If this is your pontoon, I just want to say congratulations for being the most creative person on the lake.


On the north end of the lake there is a beach on the end of the peninsula. It looked like a nice beach and had plenty of people at it the day I boated by it.

Channel to North Lindstrom Lake

Just past the beach is the channel that goes to North Lindstrom Lake. You can drive your boat under the bridge pictured above to access that lake. North Lindstrom is a much smaller lake, and I didn’t have time to check it out on this trip, but I will get there eventually.

Fishing Experience on South Lindstrom Lake

I fished here with Reggie in early August. After a few weeks of really hot sunny days, this day cooled down to 75 degrees and the wind picked up and the clouds moved in.

Chisago Lake Bass

We fished fished Chisago Lake during the morning hours, before going to South Lindstrom, and caught a few 15 inch bass, a 26 inch northern and a few bluegills. You can check out my Chisago Lake Review here.

We started fishing South Lindstrom around 1pm, and caught all our fish at the first spot we tried, along the south shore.

!6.5 inch bass

The funny thing is, I caught all the fish on Chisago Lake, and Reggie got skunked. As soon as we moved into South Lindstrom, Reggie caught all the fish and I got skunked. Reggie’s first fish was this nice 16.65 inch largemouth bass.

South Lindstrom bluegill

After catching the bass, Reggie pulled in a few bluegills. Then we moved on to explore the rest of the lake.


Like most Minnesota lakes, you will see plenty of wildlife. We got to see this Osprey catch and eat a fish. It probably caught more fish than we did that day.

We didn’t stay too long here because the wind was really picking up and it was getting hard to fish. Plus, we hadn’t got a bite in a while. We mostly throw spinner and crank baits along the weed edges. We didn’t try for walleye, so I can’t say much about that. It was also the middle of the day, so not the ideal time to fish.

Someone else had suggested fishing along that southern edge as well. It seemed to us to be the hotspot to fish if you are looking for bass and bluegill. We didn’t see any northern pike, but they usually hang out near the same spots.

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