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Minnesota fishing lakes are some of the primary Minnesota attractions. Fishing is one of our favorite activities year round. This photo of our youngest son was taken on a recent trip to Lake of The Woods.

Minnesota FishingFishing Lake of the Woods

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. 
~Author Unknown

Our love of fishing explains why Minnesotans own more boats per capita...one recreational boat for every six people...than any other state.

Our famous phrase, "the land of 10,000 lakes" is in typical Minnesota fashion, an understatement. The actual number of Minnesota lakes over 10 acres in size is 11,842.

If you are visiting Minnesota and don't have your own boat, you will find that most resorts in the state offer a fishing boat as part of your stay with them. You can choose from among hundreds of fishing resorts in Minnesota in all areas of the state.

Minnesota Fishing Resorts

Most people who fish our state's lakes are fans of Minnesota walleye fishing.

Minnesota Fishing Lakes

Many professional anglers agree that the best inland fishing in the United States can be found in Minnesota fishing lakes.

Minnesota's largest lakes are Lake Superior, Lake of the Woods, Red Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Leech Lake, Lake Vermillion, Rainy Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish, Cass Lake and Lake Pepin.

The number of individuals who go fishing every year in Minnesota is at least 2.3 million.

Minnesota also sells more fishing licenses per capita than any other state. New Minnesota fishing regulations are implemented on a yearly basis. These can be somewhat complicated so be sure to pick up a free copy of the Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet wherever you buy your Minnesota fishing license.

Minnesota FishingA Day on the Lake

The fishing season in Minnesota is typically from May through February.

There are many local exceptions, so be sure to check the specific rules for the area in which you plan to fish.

The Minnesota fishing opener in May is always a big event with the Governor participating and the media documenting the event.

Each year the the "Governor's Opener" highlights one of our prime fishing lakes.


Fishing Hot Spots in Minnesota

Minnesota's largest lakes are where you will want to go to catch the Minnesota State Fish, the walleye.

These "walleye factories" include Lake of the Woods, Leech Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish and Lake of the Woods.

If you're after walleyes, a Minnesota fishing expert shares his tips and tricks in Walleye Wisdom: An In-Fisherman Handbook of Strategies

These same lakes are famous for giant pike and the feisty "muskie." Cass Lake is another lake known for great muskie fishing.

Minnesota is also among the best bass fishing spots in the U.S. In addition crappie and sunfish are abundant in many lakes and our rivers produce trophy size catfish.

If fly fishing is your choice, you will find more than 2,600 miles of trout streams along the North Shore of Lake Superior and in the river valleys of southeastern Minnesota. Catch brown trout, rainbow, and our native "brookies."

Fish Lake Superior for lake trout, rainbow trout, salmon and walleye.

When winter arrives, we enjoy "hard water fishing," better known as Minnesota ice fishing.

Boundary Waters Minnesota vacations or a trip into Voyageurs National Park offer some of the most memorable fishing trips you will every enjoy.

You can find lots of places to cast a line into the water along the Lake Superior North Shore .

A charter boat can add to your experience. You will have a guide to the best fishing spots and your charter guide can also help you clean, package, and even cook your catch. On a lake as large as Lake Superior, your best way to get our on the lake is with Lake Superior fishing charters.

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Take a Kid Fishing in Minnesota

Minnesota FishingLove of Fishing in Minnesota Starts Young

To quote our youngest son: "get your kids online...and this has nothing to do with computers."

He takes his own advice; this is his son standing in one of their favorite fishing lakes.

Fishing Minnesota lakes and rivers provides hours of family fun and memorable vacation experiences.

We've taken our kids fishing almost from the time they were able to walk...and now they take their kids.

Minnesota Fishing Report: Share your fish stories! What is your favorite "fishing hole?"

Tell a story about catching, or losing, "the big one."

Add some photos of your fish, your boat, your favorite fishing lodge or any other fishing related info.

Other Fishing Pages on Visit Minnesota:

Minnesota Walleye Fishing

Minnesota Fishing Lakes

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Minnesota Fishing Report

Fishing Minnesota

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