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Upper Red Lake

Upper Red Lake

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At 107,832 acres, Upper Red Lake is the 7th largest lake in MN. 60% of the lake is under the jurisdiction of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Upper Red Lake Fishing Regulations have been widely publicized in recent years. Thankfully, a cooperative recovery effort has stabilized the walleye population again, so the lake can be enjoyed by local residents and tourists alike. As of 2013, the Upper Red Lake bag limits can be found at the bottom of the article.

If you like panfish, the Upper Red Lake crappie cribs were added in 1999 to create habitat for the fish, as well as better fishing opportunities for us fishermen. The coordinates can be found here. There are also a couple of neat pictures of them being installed here.

Northern pike fishing on Upper Red Lake is also outstanding. Many fisherman compare it to waters they’ve fished in Canada. The lake truly holds something for everyone.

On the east side of the lake on Hwy 72 you’ll find Hillman’s Store and Bait Station (218-647-8504). If you want to grab a cold beer and a bite to eat check out the West Wind. It’s one of the local hangouts that is about as authentic as it gets. Good food and even a tackle shop to boot!

Places To Stay

Here a few of the top resorts in the area that you might want to check out:

Fishing Regulations on Upper Red Lake


  • Daily bag/possession limit – 4 fish
  • A statewide possession limit may only include four Red Lake walleye (only one larger than 26 inches).

Size Limits

Effective May 11 – June 14, 2013

  • All fish 17 to 26 inches must be immediately released.

Effective June 15, 2013 – February 23, 2014

  • All fish 20 to 26 inches must be immediately released.

Northern pike

  • All northern pike 26 to 44 inches must be immediately released.
  • Anglers may possess three pike, only one larger than 44 inches.

Boundary Information

  • Those portions of Red Lake located within the Red Lake Indian Reservation are closed to non-band members except by special authorization of the tribal council. When fishing near the reservation boundary, using a GPS unit will ensure compliance.
  • State anglers: The actual boundary is not a true north-south line. To simplify, it is recommended that State anglers stay east of the longitudinal coordinate of 94° 43’ 12.0” W to ensure they are on State waters. Everyone fishing near the boundary is responsible for knowing his/her location.



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