Minnesota Fishing Report
Get fishing reports for waters in MN.
If you’re planning a fishing trip to Minnesota, you have some excellent choices for lakes and streams throughout the state including Big Stone Lake, Cass Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Lake Pepin, Lake Traverse, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewaska, Lake Superior, Lac Qui Parle Lake, Leech Lake, Lower Red Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Rainy Lake, Upper Red Lake and others. Many of the lakes in Minnesota have camping facilities as well as other accommodations nearby.
Minnesota is well known for excellent Bass, Crappie and Walleye fishing. Additionally, in waters around the state you’ll find populations of Trout, Salmon, Catfish, Stripers, Musky, Tiger Musky, Northern Pike, Sauger, Longnose Gar, Bowfin, Sturgeon and sunfish including Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass, White Bass, Yellow Perch which are plentiful in some waters.
Fishing is regulated in Minnesota by the Fish & Game Department. You can check their website for current fishing reports. Other fishing reports are offered by independent services which collect information from fishermen. Some reports are divided by regions (southern, northern, eastern and western), some are listed by fish species while others are listed simply lake-by-lake.
The above reports are offered by third-party websites.
When reading fishing reports the most useful information is likely to be the sum total of all reports over the last couple weeks, rather than the specifics of the most current fishing report. So finding that the fish have been caught shallow over the last few weeks is more important to know than the exact lure mentioned in the latest report.
Minnesota fishing reports for lakes, rivers and streams.
Often archived Minnesota fishing reports, from prior years, can help you identify seasonal patterns for a specific lake. Review the prior reports to find consistent information for summer months of June, July and August...the fall months of September and October...the winter months of November, December, January and February. Pay special attention to the spring (March, April and May) fishing reports from prior years as they should provide information to help you predict the approximate time for the spawn.
If you are considering a visit to Minnesota for a fishing trip and are unfamiliar with the area, some of the major cities in Minnesota include Bemidji, Fergus Falls, Duluth, International Falls, Marshall, Willmar, Minneapolis, Rochester, Albert Lea, St Cloud and others scattered across MN, some with fishing opportunities nearby. To enhance your fishing experience, you may want to hire a local guide. Click here for a list of Minnesota fishing guides.
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