Fishing in Minnesota

Minnesota offers great fishing opportunities for all anglers with more than 158 fish species; 5,493 lakes, and approximately 15,000 miles of streams of cold and warm water.

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Top Fishing Spots in Minnesota

Father Hennepin State Park
Visitors often pack a rod and reel to fish from one of the fishing piers, by boat or kayak at this State Park.
Lake Itasca
With more than 100 lakes, this angler’s paradise is also a popular campground.
Barbour Lake
Good for fishing in Barbour Lake for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill and sauger.

Common Catches in Minnesota

Black Crappie
Black Crappie
Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family. Black crappies can be found in large ponds and shallow areas of lakes.
Green Sunfish
Green Sunfish
The green sunfish is a panfish with white, flaky flesh.
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Bullhead
Even though the yellow bullhead is smaller in size compared to the other bullheads, it is a scrappy fighter and popular with anglers.
Walleye
Walleye
The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.
Northern Pike
Northern Pike
The northern pike is a holarctic species, meaning that it occurs around the world in northern, or Arctic waters.
Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish in the U.S. Learn more about how you can identify a largemouth bass, where to catch it and what bait and lures to use.

Minnesota Fishing Tips And Information

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn. Learn how to start fly fishing today.

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Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing provides anglers an opportunity to go fishing during the winter months.

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Lake & Pond Structures

Lake & Pond Structures

Learn about the structures in lakes and ponds. Learn where to find fish, tips and more.

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