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Best Minnesota Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MN.

Big Stone Lake, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake Minnetonka, Lake of the Woods, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake and Rainy Lake are the most popular places for fishing in Minnesota, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Big Stone Lake, MN
  • Lake Mille Lacs, MN
  • Lake of the Woods, MN
  • Lake Vermilion, MN
  • Lake Winnibigoshish, MN
  • Leech Lake, MN
  • Rainy Lake, MN
Best Bass Lakes

Big Stone Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake Minnetonka, Lake of the Woods, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake and Rainy Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

The Minnesota River, St. Croix River and a few lakes and ponds are favorite options for channel, blue and flathead catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

Big Stone Lake, Cross Lake, Goose Lake, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, Rainy Lake and Turtle Lake are the most popular lakes for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

Bear Creek Reservoir, Big Stone Lake, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake and Rainy Lake are popular lakes to fish for bluegill, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

Big Stone Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, Rainy Lake and Upper Red Lake are some of the many great lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

Many rivers and streams, Lake of the Woods and Lake Superior are among the favorite options for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Favorite Salmon Lakes

Lake Superior and the tributary waters flowing into it are the most popular choices for atlantic and coho salmon fishing. More...

Visit the Minnesota fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the Minnesota map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in MN at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

Best Fishing Lakes By State.