When the subject of fishing in Minnesota comes up, walleye is certain to come up, as well. Rightfully so; the walleye is the state fish, after all.
But if you judge the success of your day by how many walleyes you catch, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment, especially if you are new to the sport. Walleyes can be finicky, moody and downright hard to find. That doesn't mean you shouldn't fish for walleyes, it just means you should be ready to adapt.
There are many lakes in central Minnesota that are known for kicking out the oft sought-after species. The Brainerd Lakes Area is a good place to start. If you do your homework, and get on the right bite, you can reap the rewards. But there are many other species you can target in the winter, as well, and they just might be a little more cooperative than the walleye.