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Fishing in Minnesota

Whether you’ve just moved to Minnesota, are traveling to Minnesota, or are a local Minnesotan, if you’re passionate about fishing in Minnesota, you’re in the right place.

Learn all about how to fish, how to find the best fishing spots, where to stay on your fishing trip, and the best fishing gear for this season. Don’t forget ice fishing—we have tons of info posts and comprehensive guides for that, too!

River Fishing in Minnesota.

The Fish of Minnesota

Already know what kind of fish you’re looking to catch? Then use these fish categories to learn how to fish them, or jump straight into where the best spots to fish them are!

A hand holding a Walleye fish, which is the preeminent fish of Minnesota.

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Top Minnesota Fishing Spots

No matter where you are in our great state of Minnesota, I promise there’s a great fishing spot nearby, especially if you’re near a lake. Discover where those best places are (and when the Best Times to Fish is) with our fishing guides by categories!

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Fishing Gear

Gearing up to go on your first fishing expedition this year? Make sure you have the right lures and baits to make your experience as successful as possible. 


Apps for Fishing Enthusiasts
Best Fishing Rigs for Beginners
Lures for Minnesota Lake Fishing
Bait for Minnesota Lake Fishing
Underwater Fishing Cameras
Kayak Fish Finders for Anglers
Freshwater Fishing Rigs
3 Different Fishing Reel Types
Freshwater Fishing Lures
Fishing Knots To Know
Spinning vs Baitcasting Reels
Portable Fish Finders
Review of the Best Fish Finders
How Does a Fish Finder Work?
How to Read a Fish Finder
Freshwater Fishing Lures

Walleye Fishing Gear

Walleye Fishing Lures

Bass Fishing Gear

Choosing the Best Fishing Line for Bass
Lines for Bass Fishing
Kayaks for Bass Fishing
Bass Fishing Lures for All Seasons
Bass Fishing Rod
Bass Fishing Boats for Anglers

Trout Fishing Gear

Best Trout Fishing Lures
Trout Fishing Pole
Trout Fishing Gear
Fishing Line for Trout

Crappie Fishing Gear

Best Crappie Fishing Lures
Crappie Fishing Gear Essentials
Crappie Fishing Rods

Rose Kuli Fishing Lures for Bass, 4 inch Rainbow Multi Jointed Swimbaits Slow Sinking Bionic Swimming Lures, 6 Segment Lifelike Hard Lures for Freshwater Saltwater Bass Trout

Sougayilang Minnow Fishing Lures Crankbaits Set Fishing Hard Baits Swimbaits Boat Topwater Lures for Trout Bass Perch Fishing-Style-E 10Pcs

Leland's Lures Trout Magnet Neon Kit, Fishing Equipment and Accessories, 70 Grub Bodies and 12 Size 8 Hooks

Ice Fishing

Who says fishing is just a summer sport? If you don’t mind a little cold, learn all about ice fishing in Minnesota with our comprehensive guides. 

Complete Guide To Ice Fishing in Minnesota
Minnesota Ice Fishing Guide
Ice Fishing Safety

Best Ice Fishing Poles

Ice Fishing Spots

Ice Fishing Gear

Ice Fishing Bibs
Ice Fishing Bibs and Jackets
Ice Fishing Boots
Ice Fishing Cameras
Ice Fishing Chairs
Ice Fishing Fish Finders
Ice Fishing Flashers

Ice Fishing Gloves
Ice Fishing Heaters
Ice Fishing Jigs
Ice Fishing Lines
Ice Fishing Lures
Ice Fishing Poles
Ice Fishing Reels

Ice Fishing Rod Cases
Ice Fishing Shanty
Ice Fishing Sleds
Ice Fishing Tents
Ice Fishing Tip Ups

Korkers Men's Polar Vortex 1200 Winter Boots - Insulated and Waterproof - Includes Interchangeable SnowTrac Lug Sole - Size 9

Aqua-Vu AV 715C Underwater Viewing System with Color Video Camera & 7

Humminbird ICE-35 Three Color Flasher

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Enjoy Fishing in Minnesota!

Whether you’re a hobbyist or a hardcore aficionado, Minnesota has plenty fishing opportunities for everyone’s delight. I hope this post has inspired you to find the best fishing spots, use the best gear, and catch the best fish. Check back often—we’re always updating this page with more information!

In the meantime, check out our other comprehensive guides on Minnesota Living: