Top Fishing Destinations Around Minnesota

Even If You Don't Catch Anything, Fishing Is A relaxing Activity

For people who love fishing and staying on the water in these hot summer months, we found the perfect fishing spots, and RVnGO has the perfect RV to take you to each one of them. 

Fishing not only provides that needed respite from technology, and stress, it slows everything down in a beautiful setting. Between the reflecting water, the fresh air and the sounds of nature, fishing definitely has restorative capabilities. Since fishing doesn’t provide an instant gratification, it forces us to calmly and patiently wait for our prize – if it even comes. Sometimes the biggest lessons come from not getting what we want that day. I recall one trip where my uncle cast his line without a hook or bait. He was there simply for the environment and had no interest in catching anything.

From professional fisherman to the novice, it can be a fulfilling experience. Whether you’re setting out to catch some walleye, bass, crappie, or perch, you shouldn’t ignore the fact that Minnesota has thousands of lakes offering you tons of great fishing opportunities.

Red Lake is a census-designated place within the Lower Red Lake unorganized territory located in Beltrami County. Home to the federally recognized Red Lake Band of Chippewa, it is the only “closed reservation” in Minnesota. What that means is, all land is held in common by the tribe and there is no private property. Red Lake is one of the largest lakes in the state and 16th largest in the country, sitting at 107,800 acres. It is well-known for both ice and crappie fishing.

According to the anglers who visit Red Lake on a regular basis, it’s fairly common to lure in 40-inch long northern pikes on the lake.

There Is Plenty Of Fish In Leech Lake

It is southeast of Bemidji, located mainly within the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, and completely within the Chippewa National Forest. A wide variety of fish species call this 112,000-acre lake home. The town of Walker, nearby offers visitors restaurants, boutiques, golf courses, museums, and recreational swimming areas are plentiful, but once you hop in a boat and navigate for a few miles, you’ll find yourself in the deep wilderness of Minnesota’s forests.

Leech Lake offers the best walleye and muskie fishing in the Midwest, but it also has great fishing when you are looking to take home a Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Crappie, Perch, Bluegills, and of course, the Eelpout.

Lake Andrew Is Just The Right Size

Lake Andrew is a quiet, spring-fed lake located just south of Alexandria. With a size of 918 acres, it is popular for recreational activities and a good lake for anglers of any skill level. Fishermen can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, and Pumpkinseed.

A concrete public access is located along the south shoreline off South Lake Andrew Drive. Of particular interest are large expanses of hardstem bulrush and common cattail bordering the north and west shoreline. These areas provide critical habitat for many fish species and must be protected to maintain integrity of the fish community. Lake Andrew supports a diverse fish community and offers a wide range of fishing opportunities.

Walleyes Are Always Biting At Bowstring Lake

This lake in Itasca County supports a diverse sport fishery which includes good populations of walleyes, yellow perch, northern pike and black crappies. Spring is the best season to catch fish due to the fish being hungry after the long winter, being more active due to warmer waters and laying their eggs near shore. As soon as the ice has melted off the lake. The fishing isn’t just “okay” at Bowstring Shores. It’s some of the best fishing in the country, and it is one of the main reasons so many anglers keep coming back year after year. Bowstring Lake is a naturally reproducing walleye lake that never has to be stocked by the DNR. Apart from trophy-worthy walleye, you can find northern pike and monstrous perch or crappie dangling from lures on any given morning.

The lake is a year-round fishing destination, and the fishing gets even better once the temperatures start to dip. That’s right! We’re talking about winterized ice houses to make the most of every cast in the dead of winter. The fun is just getting started once the lake starts to freeze over.

Otter Tail Lake Is An Angler’s Dream

The largest lake in Minnesota’s fishing-friendly Otter Tail County near Fergus Falls, this iconic body of water is an angler’s dream. It’s an astounding 120 feet at its deepest point, it’s loaded with structure and cover including flats, holes, humps, breaklines, and weedbeds for the fish to have a healthy habitat. The water is extremely clear and structure is well suited for year round fishing. Otter Tail Lake is rated one of the top Walleye lakes in the state.

57% of the lake is less than 15 feet deep. All this makes for an ideal walleye fishery. Later in the winter, when the ice can support vehicles, fishing action shifts to the mid-lake structure. Any point or turn on the edge a major flat can hold a school of fish.

PS, Get To The Lake In Style

Whether you want to cruise America or just a day trip within a couple hundred miles from home, a great way to get to the final destination is to Go RVing. You can save 30% or more when you rent an RV through RVnGO. Minnesota has many lakes to choose from and we listed just a few. Each one of them will bring a great deal of enjoyment and memories to last a few generations.

Not sure what to size of RV to rent? Read this article on choosing between a Class A or a Class C. You will may also want to read this article for what to pack on your fishing trip.