Catch a Whopper
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, walleye and more.
Your heart may skip a beat when one of those denizens of the deep strikes your lure. Hang on if you can. Half the fun is reeling them in, but the other half is telling the fish stories, even — maybe especially — if they get away. That goes for ice fishing, too!
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
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
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
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
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.Read More
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