Healthy fish depend on strong habitat, and Minnesota’s great fishing starts with its many diverse, clean bodies of water. The moniker “Land of 10,000 Lakes"—a considerable understatement—only hints at that variety with bodies of water in three diverse biomes.
The deep, cold waters of Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area, offer fishing for native lake trout as well as steelhead, chinook, coho salmon and walleye. The habitat in many Central Minnesota lakes is ideal for a variety of species, especially bass. America’s greatest river, the mighty Mississippi, is only one of many rivers where anglers can reel in huge catfish, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish and more than 100 lesser-known species.