Legendary Fishing in Minnesota Northwoods Area Lakes

Fishing at Minnesota Northwoods

From walleye to bluegill to northern pike, you’ll find a variety of species while fishing the lakes of the Minnesota Northwoods. It’s a major reason why anglers have such great success among all the general fishing areas in the state of Minnesota. You can push off from the dock in the morning, intent on a shore lunch of fresh pan-fried walleye, find the going a bit tough and instead “settle” for a banquet of delicate northern pike. Dredge the fillets in seasoned flour, slide ‘em into an oiled pan and slice a few fresh lemon wedges. Now that’s eatin’—Northwoods Country style.

Ferocious muskies, predatory northern pike and log-sized walleye aren’t all you’ll find while fishing here. Set your hook into a largemouth bass and get ready for the fight of your life. Like a bit faster action? Then go after panfish with an ultra light and hang on, because they’re easy to find and catch while fishing in the area. A slab-sized crappie or chunky bluegill feels surprisingly powerful on the business end of light gear. About the only outdoor meal that might top fresh walleye or northern pike is a mess of caught-today panfish.

Folks who fish the lakes of the Minnesota Northwoods enjoy the reality of landing trophy fish. Our pristine area lakes have not been discovered or over-fished by the general public. Find out how to get a fishing license for your trip to the Minnesota Northwoods, as well as more about the fish you can catch below.

  • Fishing at Minnesota Northwoods
  • Fishing at Minnesota Northwoods
  • Fishing at Minnesota Northwoods
  • Fishing at Minnesota Northwoods

Minnesota Northwoods Lakes


Minnesota Fishing & Hunting License Info

In Minnesota, there are a variety of license options for both fishing and hunting. The information below comes from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide an overview of those options.


DNR fishing license info

DNR fishing regulations

Angling licenses are valid from March 1 through February 28 of the following year. Please see regulations handbook for exact dates/times for specific licenses.

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DNR hunting license info

DNR hunting regulations

Hunting licenses are valid from March 1 through February 28 of the following year. Please see regulations handbook for exact dates/times for specific licenses.

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Find out more about obtaining a fishing or hunting license for your trip to the Minnesota Northwoods.

General Fishing Guide for the Minnesota Northwoods Area