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Fishing in Minneapolis

As well as being the meeting point of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, Minneapolis has plenty of other strong angling options. Explore the “Chain of Lakes” that surround the city, not to mention the vast bodies of water just a few miles out of town. You won’t know what’s hit you! Join one of the numerous Minneapolis fishing guides and discover the incredible angling opportunities on offer in this great city. 
 
Fishing in Minneapolis is pretty much a “whos-who” of the country’s favorite freshwater fish. From small Crappie and Sunfish, to delicious Perch, all the way up to tough-fighting Bass, Walleye, and Musky, there’s something for everyone. Come year-round and get your hands on these prized creatures, and you’re sure to head home with a treat. 
 
No matter when you visit, Minneapolis fishing guides will have something for you. Choose from a half day trip at whatever time of day suits you, or spend the full day on the water practicing your skills. When winter hits, a guide will be waiting to take you out on the ice for anywhere from 4–8 hours, with all the equipment provided. 
 
Hit up the rivers in the city, or explore the backcountry of the Mississippi in the east of the city, and you can cast from shore, aboard a boat, or in a kayak. Hop aboard a charter to explore the lakes in the city and Lake Minnesota, or spend your trip in an ice hut during winter. With so much on offer, there’s no reason for you to miss out on the incredible fishing on offer in Minneapolis! 

Rules & Regulations

Every angler looking for some freshwater action in Minnesota must have a valid MN fishing license. Grab yours online from the DNR website, or head to any licensed vendor and sign up. Other than that, your professional guide will make sure you stick to the state’s fishing seasons and bag limits. 

Minneapolis Fishing Seasons

There’s plenty of action to keep warm on the lakes and streams around Minneapolis, with incredible ice fishing opportunities and thrilling winter festivals. Take to the ice and see the city at its best.
What better way to warm up in winter than with an exciting fishing adventure and a hearty treat for dinner? Get out on the ice and land your fill of delicious Pike, Perch, Crappie, Walleye, and more.
As the ice begins to melt, boats start making their way out onto the Chain of Lakes, and the larger lakes around Minneapolis. Get ready to start testing your casting skills once again, before the season kicks off. 
While the season may be closed for some of the lakes’ most sought-after creatures, there’s still plenty of action to be had when warming up for summer. Target Perch, Crappie, Sunfish, and many more. 
Get ready to remember why you fell in love with fishing, as May brings with it some incredible action. Walleye and Pike season gets going, and you can even land a few Bass before the month is over.
The fishing mirrors the weather, as everything is red-hot in Minneapolis come June. Make the most of Musky season, along with Walleye, Pike, and Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, for a real test of your skills.
Book in advance to avoid disappointment with thousands of tourists flocking to the numerous lakes around Minnesota. It’ll be worthwhile, though, with plenty of Musky and Bass action to keep you going.
Combine your fishing trip with a visit to the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Minneapolis comes alive for 10 days of cultural events, and you can escape the hustle and bustle with a day out on the water.
As the crowds start to dwindle, the cool waters attract some prized fish to the shallows. Target a range of Bass, Crappie, Pike, Perch, and many more, on what promises to be a fun-filled day out. 
Wrap up to protect against the chill, as fall takes over Minnesota. Musky is the number one prize on the lakes around the city, while catch-and-release Bass action will also keep you on your toes. 
Rush out at the beginning of the month and make the most of your last chance to get out on the water, before settling in for ice fishing season. Walleye, Perch, and Pike reign supreme in winter, so get your fill.
Everything you need for a productive day out awaits you with a professional Minneapolis fishing guide. Settle in for a fun day of fishing with your nearest and dearest to land a warming treat for dinner. 

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Top Fishing Techniques in Minneapolis

  1. Ice Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Minneapolis

Bass (Largemouth)

Bass (Largemouth)

Walleye

Walleye

Crappie

Crappie

Pike (Northern)

Pike (Northern)

Muskellunge (Musky)

Muskellunge (Musky)

Sunfish

Sunfish

Bass (Smallmouth)

Bass (Smallmouth)