2/23/13 Prospect Report: Hunnewell Lake

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This 228-acre lake in Shelby County consistently provides good to excellent fishing for most species. Largemouth bass anglers can expect plenty of action due to very numerous bass under 12 inches. Bass growth has slowed in recent years, so anglers are encouraged to harvest bass up to their daily limit of six bass less than 12 inches long. The most exciting fishing opportunities in the lake are for redear sunfish, especially during late May. Panfish anglers will find redear sunfish over 10 inches long. Crappie are also abundant, and a good proportion of them will exceed 9 inches in length. Catfish angling (both channels and blues) will continue to be good. Several blue catfish exceeding 30 pounds are caught in the lake each year.

There are several regulations in place that lessen the chance of an accidental introduction of zebra mussels into Hunnewell Lake, which is the water supply for Hunnewell Hatchery. Zebra mussels are an invasive species that have caused numerous problems in other states and would be very disruptive for the hatchery if they were introduced into Hunnewell Lake. Private boats are prohibited on this lake; boats and oars for use on the lake are provided free of charge on a first come, first served basis, and anglers may use their own electric trolling motors on MDC boats. Anglers must supply their own Coast Guard-approved personal floatation (life jackets). In addition, bait transported or held in containers with water is prohibited.