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Cast your line on Lake Margaret in the Brainerd Lakes Area / Paul Vincent


Catch Your True North

Minnesota offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the country, from big lakes to scenic trout streams and the mighty Mississippi. Roaming these waters are large and smallmouth bass, trout, panfish, northern pike, muskies, and of course, the mighty walleye.

No matter which route you take, they can all lead to your True North. Because your True North isn't a place, it's a feeling. It's the way your heart skips a beat when a big northern pike slams into your bucktail like a Mack truck. It's the unexpected jolt on your line as a walleye strikes the lure, or the quiet satisfaction of a perfect cast.

And it's only in Minnesota.

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Fall fishing along the Lake Country Scenic Byway near Park Rapids

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Fall Fishing in Minnesota

With cooler weather, more active fish and a beautiful backdrop of changing leaves, fall is one of the best times of year to fish in Minnesota. Depending on the area and the size of the lake, walleye, muskie, northern pike, largemouth bass and crappie are all biting.

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The catch of the day on Lake Margaret, in the Brainerd Lakes Area / Paul Vincent

Big Water

Land of 10,000 Lakes

Take your pick from thousands of great fishing spots, from the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior, to the popular Gull Chain of Lakes (pictured). Beyond Minnesota's famous lakes, you'll find plenty of rivers and streams, too.

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Man holds a giant Muski with golden late afternoon sunlight; closeup on the fish's face

Man holds a giant Muski with golden late afternoon sunlight

Big Fish

Catch the Big One

The list of state record fish is proof of Minnesota's trophy potential. Record-breaking catches include a 45-pound-12-ounce northern pike, a 54-pound muskie, a 43-pound-8-ounce lake trout and a 17-pound walleye.

Where to Catch Trophy-Sized Fish
Man catching a fish while ice fishing on Leech Lake

Ice fishing on Leech Lake

A Winter Break

Ice Fishing Fever

Minnesota has some of the best ice fishing in North America, hands down. Take a crack at this beloved pastime that comes to life when the mercury dips below freezing. From family trips to festivals, ice fishing offers a dose of warmth and nostalgia.

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Fly fishing in the clear waters of Superior National Forest

Fly fishing in the clear waters of Superior National Forest / Alyssa Hei

On the Fly

Fly Fishing Paradise

Cast a line for trout, bass, sunfish, bluegill, muskies and more. The state is full of fly fishing hot spots, whether you head to the shores of the St. Croix River, the waters of Superior National Forest (pictured) or a scenic trout stream.

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