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    The Lure of Fishing in Minnesota

    If your daydreams take you to a boat on a lake in Minnesota, then we have to places to bring those fantasies to live, after all we are the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and those lakes are home to an abundant fish population

    • Lake Superior - Minnesota's "deep blue" is Lake Superior. The largest of the fresh water lakes in the world. Lake Superior is superior whn it comes to fishing Lake Trout, Chinook, and Coho Salmon and Steelehead. The streams that flow to the big water offer an exciting and challenging fishing outing for anglers. Don't forget your Fly Gear. Native Brook Trout and resident Rainbow Trout can be caught on light fly and spinning tackle if you're up to treking inland on one of the many streams that feed into Lake Superior.
    • Wilderness Fishing - The Boundry Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Voyageurs National Park and other Wilderness lakes of Northeastern Minnesota is a fishing experience like none other, many lakes are set aside for canoeing only.
    • The Big Lakes - If your looking for deep lake fishing then the expansive waters of Mille Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Winnibigoshish and Leech Lakes offer just what your looking for. The Muskie lurks in these waters along with Walleye, Northerns, Perch and other Panfish.
    • Ice Fishing - Minnesotans have been dropping their fishing line into the Ice covered lakes of Minnesota for generations. With many Resorts offering Ice fishing packages you can enjoy the experience just like Walter Mathau and Jack Lemmon in "Grumpy Old Men"
    • 2havefun's Searchable lakes guide - Looking for a certain lake and information about it, this is still a work in progress
    Some text supplied by the 2001 Fishing Guide get your copy by calling 1-800-657-3700

    Fishing Events

    Fishing Information

    • Fishing Licenses

      Anyone 16 years of age or older must have a valid fishing license to fish in Minnesota. Among the non resident licenses available are individual 24 hour, individual 3-day, individual 7-day, individual season, husband & wife 14-day and family season licenses. In addition you must have a trout and salmon stamp to fish designated trout stream, designated trout lake or Lake Superior. Licenses are available from the Minnesota department of Natural Resources and from sporting goods stores and bait shops throughout Minnesota

    • Fishing Regulations

      Anyone who fishes Minnesota waters should obtain and read a current copy of the Minnesota Fishing Regulations handbook that is available free from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources toll free 1-888-minndnr (646-6367) or 651-296-6157

    • Minnesota Fishing Fees
     Individual angling 24 hours (nonresidents).....$8.50
     Individual angling.............................$17.00
     Combined angling (Husband and Wife)............$25.00
     Dark house spearing............................$17.00
     Senior citizen angling.........................$6.50
     White fish netting.............................$10.00
     Fish House/Dark House..........................$11.50
     Fish House/Dark House Rentals..................$26.00 
     Fish House.....................................$33.00
     Fish House - 7 Day.............................$19.00
     Individual angling.............................$34.00
     Family angling.................................$46.00
     Combined angling - 14 day (married)............$35.00
     Individual angling - 7 Day.....................$24.00
     Individual angling - 3 Day.....................$20.00

    Fishing Records
    Walleye: 17 pounds, 8 Ounces.
    Seagull River (Cook County) 1979
    Northern Pike: 45 pounds, 12 Ounces.
    Basswood Lake (Lake County) 1929
    Salmon (Chinook): 33 pounds, 4 Ounces.
    Lake Superior, 1989

    Muskie: 54 pounds
    Lake Winnibigoshish, 1957
    Tiger Muskie: 34 pounds, 12 Ounces.
    Lake Elmo, 1998

    Retail Fishing Supplies

    Fishing Tour Guides

    • Distinctive Lodges - Six seperate lodges offering family fun and fishing tour packages
    • Gunflint Lodge Fishing Packages - We invite you to join us for a fishing trip-- choosing from our many different packages and level of accommodations. You may choose from a housekeeping cabin and add a boat and motor, to a plan that includes your dinners, or to our packages described below.
    • Big Wolf Resort - Wolf Lake Family Resort is located on the shores of Big Wolf Lake. Big Wolf Lake is a 1250 acre lake known for a hot spring walleye opener, and its above average northern and perch fishing. Combined with good muskie and bass action, Big Wolf Lake offers variety for everyone from the beginner to the accomplished angler. For even more variety, Big Wolf Lake is part of the Mississippi-Cass chain of 9 lakes.
    • Scenic Bay Resort - Fishing opportunities which include charter fishing, guided fishing and winter ice fishing.
    • Lake Crest Resort - Lakecrest is a full service family resort in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, with 17 units on 360 acre spring fed Long Lake. Join us at the Governors Fishing Opener 2003
    • Lost Lake Lodge - The Brainerd Lakes Area offers wonderful opportunities for world-class fishing, biking and an endless choice of watersports, both at Lost Lake and in the surrounding area. Staying at Lost Lake Lodge means that you can relax at your own private resort and choose a whole host of other activities. We have fishing boats, canoes, playaks, waterbikes, pontoon boat, pedal bikes, volleyball, badminton, bocce ball and much more. Or you can take part in the popular Lost Lake pastime of 'creative lounging'.
    • Action Anglers - 809 W. Hwy 10, Anoka - (612)422-4890
    • B & D Bait & Tackle - 1308 E 66th St., Richfield - (612)866-5640
    • Bass American Style Guide Service - Minneapolis - (612)834-1081
    • Big Dog Guide Service - (320)543-3396
    • Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service - Detroit Lakes - 218-846-9230
    • Eddy's Lake Mille Lacs Resort - 41334 Shakopee Lake Rd., Onamia - (800)657-4704
    • The Fly Guys Guide Service - 507 Wall Street - Winona, MN 55987 - 507-454-0158
    • Gods River Fly in Lodge - Toll Free (800)665-4025
    • Hook Masters Guide Service - Wayzata - (612)210-4504
    • International Sporting Tours - Hopkins - (612)333-1063
    • Laughing Trout Fly Fishing Services Inc. - St. Paul - (651)405-8922
    • Metro Fishing Guide Service - 6006 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park - (612)920-4495
    • Minnetonka Fishing Guide Service - Wayzata - (612)473-5250
    • Monument Bay Lodge - St. Paul - (651)628-0668
    • Outdoor Connection - 1001 E. Cliff Rd., Brownsville - (612)890-0407
    • Richie's Launch & Guide Service - Garrison - (800)243-1679
    • Stiles Bait & Tackle - 806 S. Main St., Stillwater - (651)430-2554
    • Summit Fly Fishing Co. - 940 Grand Ave., St. Paul - (651)225-1200
    • Terry's Boat Harbor - Winter Ice House Storage & Storage, Mille Lacs Lake - (320)692-4430
    • Twin Cities Fishing Guide - Mille Lacs Lake, (612)576-8776
    • Wilderness North - 1415 W. Co. Rd. E., Arden Hills - (651)631-3789
    • Yaeger Guides - 80 Northwest Third Street, Forest Lake, MN 55025 - 651-982-1678, fax 651-464-3427, cell 612-810-5215
      Muskie Specialist - Scott Yaeger
      Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass Specialist - Judd Yaeger

    Maps and Information

    Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness maps and Information

    Superior National Forest
    P.O. Box 338
    Duluth, MN 55801
    218-720-5324 - 218-720-5440

    Chippewa National Forest maps and information

    Chippewa National Forest
    Route 3, Box 244
    Cass Lake, MN 56633

    St. Croix River maps and information

    St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, National Park Services
    Box 708
    St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

    State Regulations and Resource sites

    Fish and Game Clubs
    • Deer Ridge Game Farm - (612)288-0020
    • Don LeBlanc Hunting Preserve - Little Falls - (320)745-2522
    • Gold Meadows Hunting Preserve - (320)597-2747
    • Major Ave Hunt Club - Glencoe - (320)864-6025
    • Millie Lacs Hunting Lodge - Onamia - (320)532-3384
    • Pheasant Dreams - Elk River - (612)441-7204
    • Wild Wings Game Farm - Hugo - (651)439-4287
    • Wings North - Pine City - (320)629-5002

    Boating Trips
    • A day in the Sun Charters LLC - (612)906-9077
    • Andiamo Enterprises - Stillwater - (651)430-1236
    • Historic Afton House Inn/Afton Cruise Lines - Afton - (651)436-8883
    • Holiday Fair Charters Inc - (612)936-4040
    • Lady of the Lake Paddle Wheel Excursions - Lake Minnetonka - (612)929-1209
    • Lake Minnetonka Cruises - Excelsior - (612)559-8058
    • Padelford Packet Boat Company - Minneapolis - (651)227-1100
    • St. Croix Boat & Packet Co. - St. Croix - (651)430-1236
    • Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours - (651)257-3550

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