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Minnesota Fishing

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Minnesota is virtually covered with lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. It is said to have 10,000 lakes and most provide some fishing opportunities. We are concentrating here on the larger lake and impoundments.

The state of Minnesota offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white bass, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, sauger, sturgeon and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Minnesota Lakes

Minnesota major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Minnesota, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Minnesota, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Minnesota Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

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Big Stone Lake is a 12,600-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Ortonville, MN.

Cass Lake is a 15,600-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Cass Lake, MN.

Kabetogama Lake is a 25,700-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Kabetogama, MN.

Lake Mille Lacs is a 132,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Garrison, MN.

Lake of the Woods is a 950,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Warroad, MN.

Lake Pepin is a 25,000-acre lake on the eastern border of the state, at Lake City, MN.

Lake Traverse is an 11,200-acre lake on the western border in the northwest corner of the state, at Browns Valley, MN.

Lake Vermilion is a 40,500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Tower, MN.

Lake Winnibigoshish is a 58,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Bena, MN.

Lake Minnetonka is a 14,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Minnetonka, MN.

Lake Minnewaska is a 7,100-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Glenwood, MN.

Lake Superior is a 31,820 square-mile lake on the northeast border of the state.

Lac Qui Parle Lake is a 5,600-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Milan, MN.

Leech Lake is a 111,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Walker, MN.

Lower Red Lake is a 180,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Red Lake, MN.

Otter Tail Lake is a 13,700-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Otter Tail, MN.

Rainy Lake is a 220,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at International Falls, MN.

Upper Red Lake is a 108,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Waskish, MN.

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Fish for big bass in Minnesota

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in MN.

Fish Species in Minnesota

Fishing for bass in Minnesota

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

MN State Record: 8 lbs 15 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

MN State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for catfish in Minnesota

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MN State Record: 38 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

MN State Record: 70 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

MN State Record: 52 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for crappie in Minnesota

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

MN State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

MN State Record: 3 lbs 15 oz

Fishing for walleye in Minnesota

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

MN State Record: 17 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for panfish in Minnesota

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

MN State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

MN State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

MN State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

MN State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

MN State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

MN State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

MN State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for trout in Minnesota

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

MN State Record: 16 lbs 6 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

MN State Record: 6 lbs 5 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

MN State Record: 16 lbs 12 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

MN State Record: 43 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for salmon in Minnesota

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

MN State Record: 12 lbs 13 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

MN State Record: 10 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for other species in Minnesota

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

MN State Record: 12 lbs 9 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

MN State Record: 16 lbs 12 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

MN State Record: 54 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

MN State Record: 45 lbs 12 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

MN State Record: 6 lbs 2 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

MN State Record: 94 lbs 4 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

MN State Record: 34 lbs 12 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

 
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