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Cast a line into Minnesota fishing lakes in all regions of our state. Check a Minnesota fishing report to see where the fish are biting.

Most family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, cabins, and dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

Minnesota Fishing Lakes

Thousands of anglers from all over the U.S. agree that Minnesota offers some of the best fresh water fishing anywhere. You can have a variety of fishing experiences in a variety of settings Fish our well known big lakes, the lesser known "hidden gems" and even our metro lakes that will surprise you with great fishing.

Minnesota Fishing Resorts

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers that will reward you with a great fishing experience can be found in every region of the state.

Fishing resorts in Minnesota, and fishing lodges and cabins, are ready to accommodate the fishing trip you are looking for.

The same lakes you love to fish in summer are the fishing spots for your winter ice fishing trips.

Northeast Minnesota Angling

Boundary Waters Minnesota vacations offer you the choice of more than a thousand lakes. This is a canoe only area on most lakes. You will find some of the state's best fishing for trophy walleye and northern pike. It is also a prime area for smallmouth bass.

Voyageurs National Park is another wilderness area and here you can rent a motorboat, pontoon or even a houseboat to fish for walleyes, northern, bass and huge crappies. The four Minnesota fishing lakes here are: Lake Kabetogama, Rainy Lake and Namakan and Crane Lakes. You can also fish the Rainy River for walleyes just a bit west of the park.

Lake Superior Fishing

The deep, cold waters of Lake Superior offer Minnesota anglers it's own unique fishing experience. In this largest freshwater lake in the world you can fish for lake trout and salmon...steelhead, chinook and coho. 

Lake Superior Fishing Charters may be your best choice for getting out on Lake Superior. You can also fish the many streams and rivers along the Lake Superior North Shore

Northwest Minnesota's Best Fishing Lakes

Ringed by our pine and hardwood forests many of our largest lakes are here. Commercial fishing launches on Leech Lake and Lake of the Woods are a great option. These lakes are famous "big fish waters" and regularly produce large walleyes, pike, and muskies.

Cental Minnesota Fishing Lakes

A Minnesota legend is that Paul Bunyan walked across this area and the large lakes are where water filled his giant footsteps. The Brainerd Minnesota area is also home to Minnesota fishing legends Babe Winkleman and Al Linder. 

Twin Cities Minnesota Fishing

The Chain of Lakes in south Minneapolis are fish-filled lakes where you can catch muskies, walleye and largemouth bass. Approximately 30 Twin Cites lakes, including White Bear, Bald Eagle and Independence, are stocked with muskies. Many metro lakes are populated with walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth and panfish.

The Mississippi River flows through both cities. Fish for catfish, walleyes and smallmouth if you live in, or are visiting Saint Paul Minnesota 

Just a few miles west of Minneapolis you will find two lakes that offer some of the best bass fishing in Minnesota: Lake Minnetonka and Lake Waconia. 

The Department of Natural Resources promotes metro area fishing with Fishing in the Neighborhood(FIN).


Southern Minnesota Fishing Lakes

Scenic southern Minnesota is sometimes thought of as primarily farm land. The beautiful bluff country as well as the large lakes, that are regularly stocked with walleye, in this area may surprise you. Here are some to try:

  • Tetonka near Waterville
  • Madison and Washington Lakes east of Mankato
  • Mazaska, Shields and Robards Lakes near Faribault
  • Benton and Shaokotan west of Marshall
  • Okabena at Worthington
  • Lake Hanska south of New Ulm
  • Bud, Sisseton and Hall Lakes near Fairmont
  • Albert Lea Lake near...Albert Lea

Some of the best southern Minnesota fishing, and biggest fish, can be found in the rivers and streams. The Minnesota River and tributaries offer up gigantic flathead catfish. The Mississippi River is inhabited by walleyes, saugers, smallmouth bass and catfish. Lake Pepin, the widest part of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, is one of the areas favorite fishing spots.

Minnesota Fishing Report: stay updated on fishing hot spots and what is being caught in various Minnesota lakes. You can also share your own fishing stories and photos.

The Department of Natural Resources offers a Lake Finder to allow you to search for information about all of the state's fishing lakes.

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Minnesota Fishing Report

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