Welcome to magnificent Minnesota! Come discover over 10,000 lakes and the hidden treasures that each of them holds. Countless rivers and streams beckon you to their edge, and entice you to throw fly, bait or lure to their hungry resident fish.
Minnesota is home to over 3.8 million acres of fishing water that attracts over 2 million anglers in search of the ultimate thrill in sportfishing. Watch with wonder as the state bird, the majestic loon, swims with grace and beauty. On the other hand, hook into the state fish, the delicious walleye, for a solid tussle or a satisfying shore lunch.
Tackle the largest of the freshwater lakes as you hunt for chinook, coho, lake trout and steelhead in Lake Superior. Or set your sights on the ferocious musky while fishing the expansive waters of Mille Lac, Lake of the Woods or Leech Lake. Whatever your style of fishing or targeted specie, Minnesota has a lake that is just perfect for you.
Fishing opportunities await the eager angler every month of the year, with open water and ice fishing pursuits widely available. Test the waters yourself, or hook up with a local guide to learn the secret spots and techniques to fool the abundant gamefish. Be prepared to hook into some monster fish along the way, as Minnesota is home to some truly BIG records! How about tangling with a 17-pound 8-oz walleye or a monster 45-pound 12-oz northern pike? Perhaps your next cast into the waters of Minnesota will yield a new state record, or a personal record of your own.
Take a limit of walleye from border to border or a trophy pike in a cold northern lake. Fly fish the southeastern streams for the delicate brookie or wrestle lake trout out of Lake Superior. Whatever your angling taste, Minnesota will not disappoint. Take a trip to our state this year for a fishing thrill of a lifetime, and keep returning, year after year, to this wondrous little gem.