Minnesota lake report: O’Dowd Lake, Scott County MN

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If you want to find some large predator fish, and enjoy a diversity of lake structure, check out O’Dowd lake in Scott County! This 258 acre Minnesota lake has a few islands, and plenty of coves, bays, and points to make for an interesting fishing experience. O’Dowd is just a short drive south of Shakopee along Hwy 79. Minnesota-owned public access on the west side of the lake has twelve trailer spaces, a concrete ramp and fishing pier on the north end of the lake makes this an easy lake to get to.

Lake o’dowd public access
Convenient public access to lake from the west end, off of Hwy 79.

Water quality measures only 1.8 feet deep, but the big fish don’t seem to mind. Average walleye sizes is 2.7 pounds, and the lake is continually stocked with more. Northern pike average a healthy 2.4 pounds and like to eat sucker minnows. Other predator fish like walleye and bass are also above average in size, although below average in numbers. Most people who know this lake say that walleyes will hit on leeches and minnows around the islands, and then drop down to about 15 feet during the day, and hang out just south of the fishing pier. Bass are found in the different coves along the weedbeds from time to time, and flashy jigs with
pork rind, or bright plastic worms do the trick. Panfish are found in every cove and bay on this lake, and the usual waxworms on a small hook do the trick. The kids love this lake because the sunnies and crappies are a little small, but very abundant and are easy to catch.

Lakeshore view, O’Dowd
Trolling for homes and fish on O’Dowd.

If you are fishing for Minnesota lakeshore real estate on O’Dowd, it is a little harder to find, but if you keep your eyes open and your checkbook ready, you may be able to snag something. The turnover is low, and there are not that many homes on the lake to begin with, but from June 1, 2005 to June 1 2007, homes sold and closed with an average price of $784,350, and an average square footage of 3139 finished off. There was also a 22 acre estate that sold for $2.1 million, which was not included in the average price calculations. Upscale homes are sometimes available on Vista Ridge, on the east side of the lake, and also among the Stonebrooke homes on the golf course on the north side of the lake.

O’Dowd Lake

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