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  • Big Stone Lake, MN
  • Kabetogama Lake, MN
  • Lake Bemidji, MN
  • Lake Mille Lacs, MN
  • Lake Minnetonka, MN
  • Lake Minnewaska, MN
  • Lake of the Woods, MN
  • Lake Pepin, MN
  • Lake Vermilion, MN
  • Lake Winnibigoshish, MN
  • Leech Lake, MN
  • Otter Tail Lake, MN
  • Pelican Lake, MN
  • Rainy Lake, MN

Fishing Boats For Rent In Minnesota

Minnesota is virtually covered with lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. It is said to have 10,000 lakes and most provide some fishing opportunities. We are concentrating here on the larger lake and impoundments.

The state of Minnesota offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white bass, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, sauger, sturgeon and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. Many of these fisheries offer ice fishing in winter.

Major Minnesota Lakes

Minnesota major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in MN, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Minnesote Smallmouth bassfishing

Big Stone Lake is a 12,600-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Ortonville.

Cass Lake is a 15,600-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Cass Lake.

Kabetogama Lake is a 25,700-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Kabetogama.

Lac Qui Parle Lake is a 5,600-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Milan.

Lake Bemidji is a 6,100-acre lake in the north-central part of Minnesota at Bemidji.

Lake Mille Lacs is a 132,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Garrison.

Lake Minnetonka is a 14,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Minnetonka.

Lake Minnewaska is a 7,100-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Glenwood.

Lake of the Woods is a 950,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Warroad.

Lake Pepin is a 25,000-acre lake on the eastern border of the state, at Lake City.

Lake Traverse is an 11,200-acre lake on the western border in the northwest corner of the state, at Browns Valley.

Lake Vermilion is a 40,500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Tower.

Lake Winnibigoshish is a 58,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Bena.

Leech Lake is a 111,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Walker.

Lower Red Lake is a 180,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Red Lake.

Otter Tail Lake is a 13,700-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Otter Tail.

Pelican Lake is a 4,000-acre lake in the western part of the state, at Clear View. MN.

Rainy Lake is a 220,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at International Falls.

Upper Red Lake is a 108,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Waskish.

Fish Species & State Records in Minnesota

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 15 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 38 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 70 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 52 lbs 8 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 15 oz

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 8 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 2 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 13 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 0 lbs 9 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 6 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 5 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 12 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 43 lbs 8 oz

Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 13 oz

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 33 lbs 4 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 6 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 9 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 12 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 54 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 45 lbs 12 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

State Record: 94 lbs 4 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 34 lbs 12 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

State of MN Fishing Information

Click here to obtain a Minnesota fishing license.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Minnesota and other boating information.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

 

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