There’s a reason why Minnesota is known as a top fishing destination. Actually, there are a lot of reasons, far too many to include in one article. The fishing experts at Fishidy have narrowed it down to 10—enough to entice you to grab your fishing poles and plan a trip today.
1. 10,000 Lakes
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the state is actually home to 11,842 lakes with a surface area of at least 10 acres. And we’re talking legendary fishing destinations such as Mille Lacs, Lake Minnetonka, Leech Lake and many others. Regardless of the exact number, Minnesota offers lots of places for anglers to wet their lines.
2. Many Species
Just because the walleye is the state fish doesn’t mean it is the only thing to fish for in Minnesota. The state is also home to largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, sauger, crappie, bluegill, perch, sturgeon, catfish, lake trout, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, splake, salmon, burbot and whitefish, just to name a few.
3. Big Fish
A quick glance at the list of Minnesota state record fish is proof of the state’s trophy potential. Some exceptional catches include a 45-pound-12-ounce northern pike, a 54-pound musky, a 3-pound-4-ounce perch, a 38-pound channel catfish, a 70-pound flathead catfish, a 43-pound-8-ounce lake trout, and a 17-pound-8-ounce walleye.
4. Ease of Access
Minnesota offers countless drive-to fishing opportunities, many with quality comparable to fly-in destinations in northern Canada. Minnesota’s DNR also maintains an extensive number of public access sites with hard-surface ramps to make launching and loading large boats a breeze.
There are currently 155 fishing guides and charters listed in the Explore Minnesota database. These people make their living by providing anglers with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable Minnesota fishing experience, and they do a great job at it. Check them out.
6. Ice Fishing
Fish don’t hibernate in the winter, so why should anglers? With all of the high-tech equipment and creature comforts available for ice fishing today, there’s no reason to not head out on one of Minnesota’s countless frozen waterways in winter.
Minnesota plays host to hundreds of fishing tournaments every year. These events range from small-scale local fishing derbies all the way up to professional touring walleye and bass circuits. With that many options, a competitive angler can’t go wrong.
8. Fishing Diversity
Minnesota spans more than 400 miles north to south. The result is that one person can be hauling in trophy lakers and pike on a remote shield lake while another is simultaneously battling monster catfish on the Mississippi.
9. Getting Away from It All
Whether your idea of getting away involves a weeklong excursion to the Boundary Waters or an after-work fishing outing near the Twin Cities, Minnesota has you covered. Get out there for some drag-screaming R&R.
10. Northern Hospitality
Ever hear the term “Minnesota Nice”? If not, Google might help clear things up a bit. But the only way to truly find out what it means to be Minnesota nice is to experience it firsthand. Go ahead, start planning your fishing trip today!
This article is courtesy of Fishidy. Visit our Fishing & Hunting page to find Minnesota fishing guides and charters. The Minnesota DNR has information on fishing seasons, licenses and other important regulations.