Lake Minnetonka

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Lake Minnetonka Fishing Charters

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Lake Minnetonka: 11 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Wayzata
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
Minneapolis
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trips from $240
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Mound
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Minneapolis
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trips from $325
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(11 reviews)
Spring Park
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Minneapolis
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trips from $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(19 reviews)
Spring Park
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Spring Park
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trips from $350
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5.0 / 5
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Mound
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trips from $300
Spring Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Lake Minnetonka

According to customer reviews, DH Custom Rods & Tackle, Muskies And More Guide Service, and RĒL Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Minnetonka. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Minnetonka.

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Minnetonka fishing trip is $354, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $519 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

DH Custom Rods & Tackle, Muskies And More Guide Service, and RĒL Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Minnetonka.

The most popular fish species you can target are Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Sunfish. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Spinning, and Jigging. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Lake Minnetonka offers anglers a unique opportunity to explore over 100 miles of shoreline, numerous hidden hotspots, and plenty of stunning scenery. This is the ninth largest out of over 12,000 lakes in Minnesota, and boasts stable populations of a variety of game fish. Booking a trip with one of the Lake Minnetonka fishing guides will allow you to get the most out of your visit to this rich fishery.

Although one of the lake’s main draws is that it’s recognized nationally as a Largemouth Bass fishery, it also allows for reliable targeting of many other prized species. All over the lake, guides will also put you on Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Musky, and various Panfish. Naturally, some of these fish are not available year-round, so targeting a specific species may require you to book a trip with this in mind.

The main reason for this diversity of species is that the lake itself is made up of many different bays. These bays almost act as separate lakes, offering slightly different conditions to fish species calling them home. This is why certain species tend to show up in some parts of the lake more often than others. Maxwell Bay is a good example of this, traditionally boasting an above-average population of Northern Pike. 

Even the most experienced of anglers could use assistance from a local guide when learning the ins and outs of this rich fishery. Luckily, visiting anglers won’t have to look too hard since fishing has been an obsession for generations of local anglers here. Depending on which parts of the lake you’d like to fish, the towns of Spring Park and Wayzata should prove to be excellent starting points.

Rules & Regulations

Before getting your Lake Minnetonka adventure going, you’ll need to obtain a Minnesota fishing license. You can do this either by visiting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website or one of the local bait shops. The DNR website will also provide information on the seasons for game fish species, allowing you to plan your visit accordingly. 

Lake Minnetonka
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Based on 27693 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

If you’re not dissuaded by the cold weather, January on Lake Minnetonka will give you plenty of opportunities for a great experience. Ice fishing is very popular, and Bluegill, Crappie, Walleye, and Pike are all possible targets.

February

Many of January’s favorites are still going strong. Smallmouth Bass catch-and-release season is slowly coming to an end so if you’re looking for some final winter action, February is your month.

March

Some parts of the lake may still have safe ice covers, allowing anglers to go ice fishing for year-round species, such as Crappie. Many of the game fish species are closed for harvest but consult the DNR website for catch-and-release species.

April

April is the calm before the storm, in many ways. Game fish openers are just around the corner, but anglers coming out to the lake with the first sunny days can still have productive trips. The main targets will be Sunfish, Crappie, and Yellow Perch.

May

The action is finally in full swing! May brings Walleye and Northern Pike openers while Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass are catch-and-release for most of the month. However, Bass is also open during the month’s final days.

June

June is the month when Musky finally joins the party. If you’ve been dreaming of landing one of these brutes, this is your time. The Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye bite isn’t slowing down either. 

July

Musky and Bass keep leading the show through July, as well. However, if these aren’t your preferred targets, there are many bays that will allow you to go after some of the other species that call Minnetonka home.

August

Musky season is at its peak and many anglers looking to push their skills to the limit make their way to Minnetonka. If you’re planning on joining them, get ready for a fierce battle if you find one of these beasts at the end of your line.

September

The waters are beginning to cool and many popular species are spending more and more time in shallow waters. This makes fall a great time to target trophy Largemouth Bass, but there are plenty more targets out there.

October

With the cold weather arriving on the lake, Musky is back to being on top of every angler’s wishlist. With some luck, you might even get a shot at a trophy specimen this month. Crappie and Smallmouth are also good targets, although Bass is catch-and-release only.

November

The winter is here and, for some species, the bite is starting to slow down. Parts of the lake may be already frozen over. Still, there are fish to be caught – specifically, Walleye, Perch, and Pike.

December

With winter in full swing, some of the local ice fishing enthusiasts are already beginning to set up their huts on the lake. It’s not surprising, considering the fact that Musky, Pike, Walleye, and Perch can all still be targeted.

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Lake Minnetonka was quiet on a mid-week afternoon after Labor Day. The early fall weather was perfect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lake Minnetonka was quiet on a mid-week afternoon after Labor Day. The early fall weather was perfect.
Patricia  N.
Patricia N. Carlsbad, CA
Brian is extremely knowledgeable about the lakes he guides on. He is very easy and fun to talk with! He made an ethical decision to not target certain fish as to not harm the fish with the water being as warm as it was, but had us catching fish the whole time we were in the boat! If we didn’t live in Kansas we would use Brian’s guid services consistently, and we will definitely hire him again next time we are in Minnesota.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Brian is extremely knowledgeable about the lakes he guides on. He is very easy and fun to talk with! He made an ethical decision to not target certain fish as to not harm the fish with the water being as warm as it was, but had us catching fish the whole time we were in the boat! If we didn’t live in Kansas we would use Brian’s guid services consistently, and we will definitely hire him again next time we are in Minnesota.
Jacob  W.
Jacob W. Pretty Prairie, KS
Take a guide on a hot day. Especially captain Brian with musky and more guide services. He will put you on the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a guide on a hot day. Especially captain Brian with musky and more guide services. He will put you on the fish.
Josh  F.
Josh F. Belle Plaine, MN
Great time with great views! Bring a sweatshirt…it was chilly in the lake!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time with great views! Bring a sweatshirt…it was chilly in the lake!
Missy  G.
Missy G. Eagan, MN
It was easy to find out about different Captains and simple to book the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was easy to find out about different Captains and simple to book the trip.
Talbott  M.
Talbott M. Boston, MA
I would highly recommend booking a fishing experience with Muskies And More Guide Service. Captain Brian is wonderful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend booking a fishing experience with Muskies And More Guide Service. Captain Brian is wonderful.
Donnie  M.
Donnie M. Ontario, CA
HAVE A BLAST!!! Bring what they tell you to have. SUNSCREEN UP, Before the trip! And plenty of water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
HAVE A BLAST!!! Bring what they tell you to have. SUNSCREEN UP, Before the trip! And plenty of water
Jerry  B.
Jerry B. Spencer, MA
A boat, a sonar and shallow running cranckbait or tackle that can run through weed as this is coming up quickly at the end of May.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A boat, a sonar and shallow running cranckbait or tackle that can run through weed as this is coming up quickly at the end of May.
Peter  D.
Peter D. Albany, OR
Find a guide who works well with kids, they have the patience and skills to get you going.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a guide who works well with kids, they have the patience and skills to get you going.
Steve  L.
Steve L. Osseo, MN
Go to Muskies and More Guide Service and ask for Captain Brian Koshenina! Have him take you out for a great day of fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to Muskies and More Guide Service and ask for Captain Brian Koshenina! Have him take you out for a great day of fishing!
Pamela  D.
Pamela D. Fairfield, CA
We happen to run into a very hot stretch of weather but the trip was still spectacular and a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We happen to run into a very hot stretch of weather but the trip was still spectacular and a lot of fun.
Michael  S.
Michael S. Quincy, Massachusetts
Book your trip with Muskies and More. Brian is good and will get you to the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with Muskies and More. Brian is good and will get you to the fish.
Justin  W.
Justin W. Maplewood, MN

Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
We had a great morning fishing with Captain Brian! Caught a handful of bass with a few keepers! Will definitely book another fishing trip with him again!
Audrey  M.
Audrey M. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
We had SO MUCH fun with Captain Brian! He made our fishing experience great! Definitely recommend booking him for your next fishing trip! We will be back!
April  Z.
April Z. Des Moines, Iowa
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
Very fun guy to be around and have a conversation with. Even though had a tough time getting a bite Brian never got discouraged and kept the spirit up! Would highly recommend going with him and I will more than likely be booking with him again.
Ethan  D.
Ethan D. Wells, MN
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
Fishing charter in Wayzata
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Captain Jeff is knowledgeable, pleasant and great company. The trip was a blast. Highly recommend DH.
Shaun  L.
Shaun L. Madison, WI
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
Fishing charter in Wayzata
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
The weather was perfect and the fish were biting. Dusty’s custom rods are very light and easy to cast even for inexperienced anglers. When Dusty learned my husband had not caught any fish on our prior trips, he stayed by his side coaching him until he caught one.
Patricia  N.
Patricia N. Carlsbad, CA
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
Thank you for providing the boys a great evening of fishing. Good coordination on fishing conditions: we tried fishing couple of weeks ago, but winds were not cooperating and rescheduled to last night. Same for last night, rain was in forecast and he called early to allow us to decide. We pressed on and could not have had a nicer evening.
PATRIC  T.
PATRIC T. Rochester, MN
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
Captain Brian introduced me and my parents to fishing on Lake Minnetonka and it was an excellent day fishing! We chose a weekday morning after Labor Day and there was hardly anyone else on the lake. I had mentioned wanting to catch a northern pike, and Captain Brian delivered! We got a juvenile muskie as well. He definitely has a lot of joy and enthusiasm for fishing and it gives the trip a positive vibe.
Adam  N.
Adam N. Pasadena, CA
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
My son and I enjoyed the experience very much. Captain Brian is accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly. He even shared some local history of the surrounding area. We would definitely book with Brian again if given the chance. Thank you!
David  I.  J.
David I. J. Minneapolis, MN
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
Wonderful morning on the water. Great boat and equipment. Easy and pleasant conversation with Brian. And of course caught some fish. Would highly recommend.
Brian  W.
Brian W. Day Heights, OH
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
Fishing charter in Wayzata
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Captain Dusty was extremely professional his equipment was top notch and boat ran perfect. He landed us on nice fish every spot. The two things that stood out to me about this trip was his ability to teach my son. And his knowledge of fish conservation that I will take with me in all our future trips hopefully soon with this this master Minnetonka guide. Thanks!
Aaron  Y.
Aaron Y. Plymouth, MN
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
Fishing charter in Wayzata
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Dusty was friendly and very helpful and knowledgeable about fishing we had several fish in the boat in no time
Marissa  B.
Marissa B.
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
Fishing charter in Wayzata
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Dusty, who has won many a fishing competition, was friendly obliging and patient to a part time Aussie angler. And I got my target fish of a large mouth bass. You’re sure to get a fish with Dusty Excellent boat and equipment 5 stars!
John  C.
John C. Dalkeith, WA
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
Brian is an awesome guide, has a great boat and equipment, and my husband, 7 year old son, and I enjoyed it and would do it again.
Tamara  E.  W.
Tamara E. W. Vadnais Heights, MN
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
Fishing charter in Wayzata
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
This was an outstanding experience. Captain Dusty is great. He worked hard on putting on fish, gave us helpful suggestions and is very knowledgeable.
Robert  B.
Robert B. Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
What a fun day! This is the best fishing trip we’ve ever done. Brian is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. We would definitely book this trip again.
Lisa  P.
Lisa P. Perrysburg, Ohio
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
Fishing charter in Wayzata
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
It was a warm day, but we pretty much forgot about it, because we were having so much fun. Captain Dusty was great with three teenagers, who kind of listened, and needed repeated prompting. He should have been a high school teacher. He has great patience and knowledge.
Arthur  G.
Arthur G. Hopkins, MN
RĒL Fishing
RĒL Fishing
Fishing charter in Mound
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
It was a wonderful day, we both caught Bass and I also caught a Pike. Britney was friendly, patient and helpful as well as great company. I would highly recommend her if you’re looking for a fishing excursion.
Valerie  J.
Valerie J. Newfield, NJ
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
DH Custom Rods & Tackle
Fishing charter in Wayzata
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
He was super patient with the kids. He was upbeat and full of information about the lake and fish. My family had an instant rapport with captain Dusty!!It was a great time for my children’s first fishing experience! And we’ll be back!! Thanks captain Dusty!!
Jeff  A.
Jeff A. Bloomington, MN
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
My husband surprised me with this fishing trip for my birthday. Brian was fun and personable and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a fun fishing trip. Mu husband caught a large mouth bass that was huge and i caught a small mouth bass and according to Brian those are rare in the lake. I think he was making me feel good for my birthday and it worked. I can't wait to do it again.
Craig  B.
Craig B. Shakopee, MN
Muskies And More Guide Service
Muskies And More Guide Service
Fishing charter in Minneapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
I was in town training for a few weeks and decided to take the family fishing, so after finding FishingBooker I decided on Muskies and More Guide Service. Captain Brian was very professional as well as knowledgeable about the lake and species in it. He had a great personality and made sure my son and wife had a great time. I would recommend his service to anyone and look forward to hopefully using his service again next time I’m in Minnesotta.
Jake  H.
Jake H. Minneapolis, Minnesota