Monsters Live Here
If you’ve ever been privy to a close-up look inside the mouth of a monster Muskellunge, you might think twice before dangling your toes in the water off the dock. The same can be said of the aggressive Northern Pike. The species are similar in shape and size and are both capable of snatching small birds and mammals from the surface to satisfy their voracious appetites. Fully grown adult Muskies can reach lengths of five feet or more and weigh in excess of 50 pounds. The Northern, although not quite as large, can still reach four feet in length and 30 lb. specimens are common.
Most lakes with public access in Minnesota are managed to support the state fish, the highly sought-after Walleye. Walleye have sharp, needle-like teeth and adult females reach lengths around 30 inches. Known for their flavor as an excellent eating specimen, Walleye can be difficult to find and catch. Most Minnesota resorts and lodges are situated on excellent Walleye lakes.
Minnesota is home to a handful of large lakes that cover over 130,000 acres each. The Department of Natural resources boasts a highly specialized team that has been put in place specifically to manage large lakes of this sort. Many fishing lodges and resorts in Minnesota call these large fisheries home.
The Greatest Lake
Most people associate fishing in Minnesota with quiet wilderness and the quaint “Up North” feeling, but Minnesota is the gateway to the largest lake in the United States, Lake Superior. With three different strains of Lake Trout, deep and cold waters, Lake Superior and its tributaries offer a unique opportunity to fish for cold water species unavailable to most anglers in the United States.
Enter the Vast Wilderness
Some of the most popular Minnesota Family vacation resorts hover on the edge of one of the largest wilderness areas in the lower 48 states. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area shares the northern Minnesota border with Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario. The BWCA as it is known, boasts over one million acres of lakes and rivers and is only accessible by canoe. The fishing for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Northern Pike is world-class, and fishermen visit from all over the world to try and land that trophy of a lifetime.