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.
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.