Minnesota fishing is astounding with opportunities, simply because of its vast water ecosystem, with Walleye, Muskies, Crappy, Perch and giant Pikes teeming in its almost countless lakes. Minnesota Fishing guides and fishing charters are all very knowledgeable of their respective lakes and rivers.The State is nicknamed as the land of the Thousands Lakes, and that gives you a pretty good hint about the fishing possibilities there.
You can book a guided fishing trip all year long. From fishing walleyes and Muskies to Ice fishing trips during the winter months.
Minnesota fishing spot can be split into three areas from the North East with giants lakes such as Upper Red Lakes, Leech Lake and Voyageur National Park bordering Lake Superior, to the Central Part of Minnesota, with Lake Milles Lacs in reach of Twin City and South Minnesota spattered with medium lake and the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.
Situated on Minnesota's border with Canada, in the land of ten thousand lakes, Voyageurs' National Park consist of four significant lakes: Kabetogama, Rainy, Namakan and SandPoint as well as thirty smaller inland lakes. Kabetogama Lake is where most of our guided fishing trips take place.This natural, glacier-carved 25,000 acre lake has a rocky bottom interspersed with sandy and gravel areas. With average depth just under 30 feet and with a few holes as deep as 80 feet the Lake Kabetogama is abundant with a strong walleye population as well as lesser numbers of sauger, northern pike, smallmouth bass, yellow perch and crappie.
Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota, and has a proven reputation for some of the best muskie and walleye fishing in Minnesota and across the Midwest. Leech Lake is a lake located in north central Minnesota, southeast of Bemidji. Nearly 80 percent of the lake is less than 35 feet deep and the main basin east of Walker Narrows has a maximum depth of 40 feet and an average depth of 20 feet, With such ideal depth it’s easy to explain why the lake is so easy to Fish and teeming with monstrous Walleye, Muskies and Northern Pikes that feed mainly on Perch and cisco. Additionally Spottail shiner, mimic shiner, darters, and logperch are common. Insects, such as mayfly and midge larvae, also provide an important food source. As a witness to a healthy water, Rusty crayfish population are present as an established population. What makes Leech lake exceptional is its world class muskie fishery, With 40 inches muskies regularly caught and the common practice of catch and release, this lake has the potential for world record muskies.
The two parts of the lake are known as Upper Red Lake and Lower Red Lake, and only upper red lake is open to public fishing with the lower red lake on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.The lake includes an amazing diversity of fish species.The lake is perfect for beginners fisherman as it’s structure makes it easy to fish with an average depth of 8 feet and maximum depth of 15 feet. TheUpper Red Lake is above all walleye factory who after being wiped out in the 90’ have come back stronger than ever thanks to aggressive rehabilitation programs. Other species include Trophy class northern pike, monstrous perch and Crappies galore.Winter ice fishing on upper red lake is pretty popular thanks to a fantastic winter crappies that are especially delicious fired on a pan in the dead of winter on the ice. Late Spring is booming season season for walleye fishing! Don’t leave aside Northern pike, crappie, and yellow perch fishing, as with low depth and little structure they are particularly active. Come summer time, most fish move a little deeper as the lake starts to warm up, and Walleye can be caught trolling with crankbait and nightcrawler in the 6 to 15 feet range. Some trophy pikes will be caught on a simple spinning spoon, Mepps aglia type by casting in the shallows. As the winter cools down in the Fall walleyes will move back to their spring habitat near the shore lines and rock piles. During winter, Crappies and Walleye will bite on jigs and minnows.
Ice fishing in Minnesota is so popular that we created a entire cetegory for it. If you're looking tfor winter fishing, look no further and check out our Ice Fishing trip.
The walleye is native to most of Canada and the Northern United States. It is a North American close relative of the European zander.Their excellent vision also allows them to populate the deeper regions in a lake and choppy or turbids waters.Since walleyes have excellent visual acuity under low illumination levels, they tend to feed more extensively at dawn and dusk, on cloudy or overcast days, and under choppy conditions when light penetration into the water column is disrupted. In Minnesota, the walleye is often fished for in the late afternoon on windy days aka "walleye chop" or at night. Greater numbers of walleye may be caught with live bait, but artificial baits such as crankbaits of various styles seem to produce larger fish. As such large Walleyes are best caught best on light tackle using a small jig or spinner, or a “Lindy Rig” tipped with live bait (minnows, leeches or night crawler). Depending on their depth, good results are also had trolling or casting.
Northern pike are found in fresh water throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including Russia, Europe, and North America. In the USA and Canada Northern pikes range roam the waters from far north Alaska all the way to West Virginia. Pikes usually will hunt at dawn, dusk or cloudy days and are triggered by bright colors such as red, chartreuse and dull colors such as white and light grey on cloudy day.Don’t try your luck and use a steel leader or stealth braid.
The Muskie also known as muskellunge is the largest member of the pike family and live in the northern water along the US/Canadian Border in the Great Lakes region.Muskies are typically 28–48 in (71–122 cm) in length and weight weigh 15–36 lb (6.8–16.3 kg).
Muskies are most active during low light periods such as dawn, dusk and cloudy days and If you have a limited bait selection, Chartreuse and Fire Orange are good during the day and alternatively red colored bait will work in the evening. Don’t take any chance use steel leaders at all times, preferably black.
Crappies are popular pan fish belonging to the sunfish family. They feed essentially on smaller fish zooplankton, insects and freshwater crustaceans. During day time crappie will around weed beds or logs, boulders and submerged structure. They tend to be more active during dawn and dusk and will hunt along the shores and open waters. Some of the most popular lures are plastic jigs with lead jig heads, crankbaits or small spinner spoon of chartreuse or silver colors.
There are also good opportunities to catch hungry smallmouth bass during the slower walleye weeks. The cold, clear waters means a healthy population all around Kabetogama making smallmouth bass one of the top 3 fish games in Minnesota. Best caught on light tackle, they're great fun to catch. Poppers can be used in the heat of the summer in dormant lakes when the water is really warm.
Depending on when you decide to visit Minnesota, the type of fishing changes. There’s really two main seasons to keep in mind when it comes to fishing in Minnesota.
You will need a Minnesota Fishing License at anytime during the year wherever you’re Ice Fishing on your own or fishing with a guide.
Keep in mind that any out-of-state licenses are not valid in the state of Minnesota. Even if you merely plan to release all of your catch, a license is required. You can purchase here a Minnesota fishing license online from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources online.
Below are a few tips and tricks to help you enjoy your fishing charter to the fullest potential.
For any fishing charter, fishing guides or outfitter that have booked, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the arranged time. This way you don’t forget any last minute things that need to be done or waste time finding a parking spot.
In summer time, make sure that your arms and head are covered as you will experience a great deal of sun exposure. Do this by either wearing a hat or covering up any sensitive skin with long sleeves.
Apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses for extra protection.
Bring a cooler bag for any fish that you catch.
In winter, needless to say that you will need to bring a torch and very warm clothing.
For those with kids on board, it is important to find a guided trip that isn’t out for long, preferably around 4 hours. Also keep in mind that a lake fishing charter option will allow the young ones to learn how to cast.
When it comes to learning a new skill, it can be exhausting. If you or your friend are just starting to learn how to fish, choose a fishing trip on a charter lasting at least 4 hours so that no one gets overwhelmed.
Going out fishing as a couple can be a great memory. For these outings, choose a longer trip and make sure you bring a decent lunch so that you can make a stop on a lake shore.
If you looking to bring your friends on a guided fishing trip, then look no further. A guided trips may be the best opportunity for you and your buds to have a stress-free fishing experience that will be remembered for years. If you decide to drink on the boat, be mindful of the guides service and don’t get sick.