The water clarity of the lake has a special appeal for both boaters and anglers. High water years in the early 1980's cut down on swimming activities, but they provided a natural boost to the fishery that should be enjoyed for years to come. Trophy-size northern pike lurk among the submerged willows and along the face of the dam. Swanson is also known for its large, numerous walleye and a growing population of black bass.
Crappie fishermen can do well in the shallows during spawning season, but the real draw is the large schools of white bass from July through September. Anglers cruise the shoreline, watching the gulls. When the birds concentrate and begin feeding on the shad, the fishermen move their boats into the action. White bass will be directly beneath the shad, pushing them to the surface. The correct bait, well-placed, will yield a white bass virtually every cast. To make cleaning the catch easier, the Commission has provided a large cleaning station at the Spring Canyon Campground.
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