Despite its cold climate, Minnesota is an ideal location for fishing year-round. Whether with family or friends, there are great fishing spots all over the state sure to suit your needs. Some lakes are better in different seasons, and it’s always useful to read up on local regulations and conditions before embarking on your trip. With a little inside information, though, you’ll find that the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota can more than meet your fishing needs.

Bear Creek Reservoir

Located near Rochester, the Bear Creek Reservoir provides over 100 acres of water. In addition to bass, you will find bluegill, black crappie, trout, and channel catfish in these waters. There’s also a boat ramp and opportunities to camp, swim, and sunbathe. Anglers need to buy a park pass to fish in the reservoir and there are regulations limiting the number of fish you can catch. Bear Creek Reservoir has excellent accessibility for those who use wheelchairs or other devices, so fishing can be enjoyed by everyone. All of your needs travel needs can be taken care of by TPI Hospitality, so why not book a room in Rochester today!


Lake Mille Lacs

If it’s walleye you’re after, look no further than Lake Mille Lacs, the second largest lake in the state of Minnesota. You’ll also find both largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, and tullibee at Mille Lacs. Thanks to its size and the location of its rocks and reefs, this lake offers optimal fishing all year round. In the winter, you can rent an ice house, and there are also special darkhouses that enable fishermen to see the bottom of the lake by blocking out external light. 

This is a popular tourist destination, so when you’re done for the day you can enjoy one of the various dining options in Onamia, Isle, or Garrison. Unwind with some food and a beer, overlooking the beautiful lake.


Otter Tail Lake

Otter Tail Lake is about three hours northwest of Minneapolis and clocks in at nearly 14,000 acres. Anglers will find walleye, northern pike, rock bass, and yellow perch in this body of water.  Although the lake’s depth reaches 120 feet in some areas, the majority of the lake is only about fifteen feet deep, making it a prime spot for bass. There are plenty of lodging options around the lake, and the small town is friendly and hosts many seasonal events. There are also several public boat launches for easy access. Additionally, you can camp near the lake year-round to take advantage of each season’s unique benefits.

Lake Minnetonka

If you don’t want to leave the city, Lake Minnetonka is a great no-hassle option located right in the Minneapolis metro area. You won’t have to deal with traveling or finding accommodation, and you can still catch northern pike, walleye and bass, to name a few. Lake Minnetonka is home to more bass competitions than any other lake in the state, and anglers can find both largemouth and smallmouth bass in this body of water. This truly is a quick and easy option for anglers short on time. 

Green Lake

About an hour car ride from Minneapolis, Green Lake gets you away from the city without needing to travel too far. Green lake is a large, deep lake with crystal clear water. The most commonly found fish in this lake include bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, lake sturgeon, northern pike, and walleye.

During the nearby Chisago City’s “Ki-Chi-Saga” Days festival, a bass tournament is held on the lake. Green Lake also hosts a yearly carp festival where contestants compete to catch the most carp in one night. 

Whether you’re there for a fishing tournament or on your own private fishing trip, stay in the Hilton Inn Green Lake Resort in Spicer. The resort is conveniently located on the shore of the lake right next to the marina and boat slips, making it easy get an early start for that perfect day of fishing. Start the day right with a free hot breakfast before you go out on the lake.

To make any fishing trip successful, make sure you prepare properly beforehand. Remember to take appropriate safety precautions, and check the fishing report to understand the latest conditions. Many lakes have local regulations on certain species that vary from statewide regulations, so it’s good to double-check before heading out onto the water.