Northwest Minnesota Fishing

Northwestern Minnesota Fishing Map

Lakes and rivers carved from time

10,000 years ago, glaciers sculpted northwest Minnesota’s awe-inspiring landscape, and gouged out some of the finest fishing lakes and rivers in the United States. Northwest Minnesota’s myriad fishing hot spots include deep, clear rocky basins filled with trout, and shallower basins filled with nutrient-rich glacial till which are now habitat to bass, panfish, northern pike, muskie, and Minnesota’s state fish, the giant walleye. Northwest Minnesota is home to three of the state’s five largest lakes, a national forest with 400,000 acres of open water, and the headwaters of both the Mississippi River and Hudson Bay.

The Minnesota fishing opener is just around the corner. As you prepare for an exciting and breathtaking Minnesota fishing vacation, let provide information to help you choose the right destination for your goals, experience level, and family’s needs and comfort. After you get that all-important Minnesota fishing license and stock up on the latest and most effective fishing gear, take a look at our maps, fishing reports, industry interviews, and descriptions of the wide range of northwest Minnesota fishing lakes and other open water you may want to visit for your angling adventure.

Our Northwestern Minnesota Fishing Haven

Here, you’ll learn more about the best fishing areas in Chippewa National Forest, laced with 1,300 lakes as well as 925 miles of streams and wetlands. Find out about Leech Lake fishing within the national forestland, read Leech Lake fishing reports, and see if the Leech Lake campgrounds have the amenities that are right for you and your family. Leech Lake, and a vast number of other pristine northwest Minnesota lakes of all sizes, provide excellent open water fishing as well as ice fishing.
Outside of the national forestlands, you may want to try your hand at angling on the expansive waters of Lake of the Woods, in northernmost Minnesota at the Canadian border. Lake of the Woods fishing is excellent for those looking to land some giant walleye or northern pike. Check our regularly updated Lake of the Woods fishing report to see when and where they’re biting, and read reviews of Lake of the Woods campgrounds and other lodging available. Many year-round lodges and resorts cater to fishing, boating, camping and birdwatching enthusiasts in the Lake of the Woods area, so you should be able to find the right accommodations for your needs.

Minnesota lake fishing on the river

If you want to try your hand at trolling some flowing waters in northwest Minnesota, you may want to look into Red Lake fishing. Red Lake is actually a smooth flowing river along most of its expanse, except for a 17-mile stretch of glacial boulder fields which create areas of rapids and pools. Our regularly updated Red Lake fishing reports can tell you when and where your best chances will be along this waterway, and you can find out about closures or available amenities at Red Lake campgrounds in the area.

We also provide up-to-date information about fishing in other northwest Minnesota waterways, such as Thief River Falls, home of the Redear Sunfish, the Detroit Lakes area, with their trophy-sized muskies, or Bemidji, in the heart of Minnesota’s north woods. Browse through our informative pages, and get ready to enjoy the Great Northwest of Minnesota.

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