Fish the Legendary Waters of Northwest Minnesota
People dream about fishing legendary waters like those found in Minnesota’s great northwest region. The area is home to some of the state’s largest lakes, including Lake of the Woods and Leech Lake. These lakes provide exceptional fishing opportunities year-round.
But it doesn’t stop there; you can find crystal clear lakes surrounded by pine forests in this north woods region, and famous river fishing on the Mississippi and Red Lake rivers.
Lake of the Woods, known by some as the “Walleye Capital of the World,” is a bucket list destination for many anglers. Fishing for walleye and sauger is the main attraction, but don’t miss exploring for other species, like muskie, northern pike, sturgeon and crappie.
Sportsman’s Lodges offer three distinct locations for year-round fishing on Lake of the Woods: a full-service resort along the Rainy River; and secluded island lodges and private vacation homes at the Northwest Angle. Arnesen’s Resort on the south shore has a large protected harbor with nearby rock reefs where the walleye hang out. Lake of the Woods offers full-service charter boat and guide services at many of the resorts.
The Red Lake River, accessible from Thief River Falls, is home to walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and crappies. Accessing the river is easy with two public accesses within the city limits. When you need a break from fishing, lodging, dining and other fun activities can be found in the area.
Rock your boat reeling in bass, walleye and muskie on Bemidji area lakes. Bemidji is a northern Minnesota regional hub that maintains its “up north” charm. Expert fishing guides can help find the “right spots” for those new to the area. Along the Lake Bemidji shoreline, Paul Bunyan and Babe watch over the action.