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

Fishing

Have a Reel Good Time

Minnesota offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the country. There's a great variety of water, from big lakes to scenic trout streams to the mighty Mississippi. Roaming these waters are large and smallmouth bass, trout, panfish, northern pike, muskies, and of course, the mighty walleye. Read on and see how to hook into fun fishing experiences for every season, and refer to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for regulations and resources.

Fishing boat on Gull Lake

Fishing boat on Gull Lake / Explore Minnesota

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.

Lakes & Rivers
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.

Ice Fishing in MN
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.

Minnesota's Trout Streams
Woman holds a catfish during a Catfish Tournament on the Red River

Catfish tournament on the Red River / Greater Grand Forks CVB

Happenings

Fishing Events & Tournaments

Hundreds of fishing tournaments take place each year, from small-scale fishing derbies to pro touring walleye and bass fishing competitions. Kids can get in on the action, too.

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