This lake is pretty tough in my opinion. The shoreline to the north is closed to access and anglers can only cover a small percentage of the water...no boating allowed. The flip side here is that creates a lot of habitat to make excellent fish populations.
I've caught decent bucketmouth, a few catfish and a monster snapping turtle at Stearns. But I have skunked quite a bit here as well (I throw rat-l traps and big spinners, bass or mouse patterns).
The locals always tell me stories of +40" muskies just wallowing on the side of the dam face. Timing is key for that spectacle I guess but in 4 years I have yet to so much as spot a tiger here. But for some reason I keep trying.