If you are looking to fish Minneapolis waters, or those of lakes and rivers in the Twin Cities area, first check out the information here in our Minneapolis/St. Paul regional fishing tips. Around the Twin Cities area, there are plenty of waterways to try, whether you are after the big muddy-bottom catfish, the great walleye, or any number of smaller panfish. Among a wide variety of fun and exciting fishing destinations, this region of Minnesota is home to the Ice Fishing Minnesota Derby and Winder Festival at Chisago Chain O’ Lakes, Sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnegabo, and the home of the state record tiger muskie, Lake Calhoun.
Whether you are looking for an enjoyable family experience on quiet waters, fast action with minimal investment in fishing gear, a good catch of smaller edible panfish, or a battle with a toothy river monster, we have information to help you choose the right Minneapolis/St. Paul fishing destination for your needs.
Consider fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass at one of the multiple tournaments held on the largest lake in the Twin Cities area, Lake Minnetonka. Here you can learn about Lake Minnetonka’s system of basins with a wide range of bottom types, depths, and fertility, and what this means for the fish species you are most likely to snag. Or, we have information about the perfect sandy slopes along the shores of White Bear Lake, near Bear Lake, Minnesota, where you can reel in a few of Minnesota’s state fish, the great walleye. Whether you want to know the best locations for pier fishing at lower Prior Lake docks, or prefer the quieter, more solitary shore fishing on Lake Waconia, you can find information you need in the following pages.
Beyond lakes – and into the rivers
If you prefer the challenge of trolling or shore-fishing on rivers, Mississippi River fishing may be more your style, or perhaps you would enjoy angling along the shores of the Saint Croix River. The Minneapolis/St. Paul area offers some great river fishing hotspots, and we provide information about the different areas and seasons to find your favorite fish species.