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What’s up with Lake Bavaria? (Chaska MN- Carver County)

in Lakes, Lakeshore, Fish and More!

It’s not surprising that an area like Chaska that was settled predominantly by Germans should have lake named “Bavaria.” Some of the Minnesota fishing guide books don’t mention Lake Bavaria, so I thought this Lake should get some mention somewhere. It’s only 163 acres, but still deserves some attention. After all, according to the DNR, the gill-net studies indicate that there are more northern pike here than at least 75% of similar lakes in the state. The lake reaches depths of 60 feet.

The lake did get the attention of the DNR; the lake was used to study the impact of no-harvest regulation for largemouth bass, but it was determined that the rule did little to affect the size or numbers of bucketmouths. However, the average size of largemouth bass is quite high here compared to other lakes. The state-wide normal limit of six has been re-implemented on the lake. Other aquatic animals that abound here are painted turtle, snapping turtle, and yellow bullhead. There is a moderate population of black crappie, and a relatively low number of bluegills.

Lake Bavaria
Lake Bavaria as seen from the county-owned public access on the west end of the lake (2 mi SE of Victoria off County Rd 11 on SW shore of lake.)

There is very llittle anecdotal information about where to find fish in Lake Bavaria, and how to catch them. This seems odd. If you happen to have any Lake Bavaria fishing stories or tips, please share them at the bottom of this post.

Lakeshore property and lake home opportunities are rather limited on this lake, and homes here are generally in the $1M-3M price range. According to the Norhtstar Regional MLS statistics, only two homes sold and closed here since 2005.

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