It’s almost here ladies and gentlemen! Summertime fishing is right around the corner, so we thought we’d prepare you by sharing some of the best spots in Minnesota. Now, to be honest, the Land of 10,000 lakes offers tons of great fishing opportunities, so it’s tricky to narrow it down. We’re going to give you five of our favorites, but please let us know in the comments if you have any lakes or rivers you’re partial to. Read on to find five great fishing spots in Minnesota!
Mille Lacs is Minnesota’s second-largest lake (132,000 acres), and its maximum depths barely exceed 40 feet. It is considered Minnesota’s most popular fishing lake, where Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie, Jumbo Perch and Large and Smallmouth Bass abound. A prime spawning ground for Walleye, there are fishing festivals held here year-round, and guides in the area will be happy to help you find a perfect spot.
If you’re visiting the area, be sure to stop and see us at the Soo Line Trail Campground, located just minutes from Lake Mille Lacs. The resort offers a perfect base from which to explore the extensive lake, and bring back plenty of trophy fish!
Located about 3 hours north of the Twin Cities, between Brainerd and Bemidji, Leech Lake is known for its world-class Muskie fishing. Good growth rates and natural reproduction have produced a number of fish in the 40-inch range, and a 52-pound Muskie was recently caught-and-released, which was the second-largest ever in Minnesota. Leech Lake also has plenty of Walleye, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass and Eelpout, among others. This is another great spot year-round.
Usually when we think of Minnesota fishing, we think of lakes, and rightfully so. However, river fishing can be just as (if not more) fun. The St. Croix has a huge variety of species, including Walleye, Bass, Panfish, and some gigantic Catfish, Sturgeon and Muskie. River fishing is different than lake fishing due to various currents found in the river. You may want to ask a local guide about finding the best spots, but the St. Croix is definitely an underrated Minnesota fishing destination. You can also check us out at the St. Croix River Resort, only 90 minutes from the Twin Cities and only a mile from the St. Croix River.
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, and obviously offers some awesome fishing. Of course, you could rent a boat or take a guided trip on the big lake, but the North Shore area has plenty of shore fishing as well. There are plenty of public lands in the area (think state parks), and Superior’s inland lakes, tributaries and streams have plenty of fish. You’ll find Lake Trout, Salmon, Walleye and plenty of other delicious fish in the area. There are various piers you can try, such as the Sawbill, Crescent and Hogback Lakes.
5. Bluff Country
According to experts, Southeast Minnesota is one of the best kept secrets in Trout fishing. There are a ton of cold-water streams that run through the area, three of which are listed in America’s 100 Best Trout Streams by John Ross. This has long been an underrated vacation area, and it’s secluded and tranquil nature is perfect for getting away from it all on a fishing trip. Stay at the Hidden Bluffs Resort, which is located near these fantastic Trout streams, or you can even fish right from the campground!
Of course, before heading on any fishing trip, be sure to check each areas regulations. The last thing you want is to get in trouble on your fishing excursion! As always, give us a call at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to help plan your vacation. We can’t wait for summertime fishing…happy exploring!