Great fishing in the heart of Minnesota’s subway area

Great fishing in the heart of Minnesota's subway area

Wondering where to fish in Minnesota? If so, enter Minneapolis-St. Paul area a try. It has many great lakes as well as three major rivers – Minnesota, Mississippi, and St. Croix. In addition, it is home to virtually all of the state’s popular fish species such as walleye, perch, muscle lung, trout, catfish, sea sturgeon and sunfish. And big ones too. Several of Minnesota’s state record fish have been caught in the St. Paul / Minneapolis metropolitan area.

Sure, the region’s rivers are a top attraction. The Mississippi is great bass fishing, and Pool 2 – the portion of the river between the St Paul and Hastings dams – is world class year-round fishing for walleye. The St. Croix River is known for its black bass, pikeperch, flat-headed catfish and sea sturgeon. Several smaller rivers and streams also flow through the subway area, including Rum, Crow, and Vermillion. The Vermillion is a designated trout stream that contains good numbers of brown trout that exceed five pounds.

The twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis also have a number of large lakes that produce high quality fish. Popular lakes on the West Metro include Waconia, Minnetonka, Prior, Independence, Nakomis, and Medicine. Top fishing lakes in the East Metro include white bear, bald eagle, forest, marine, and coon. Muskellunge lakes in the metropolitan area include white bear, forest, and owasso. Tiger muscle lung, a mix of pike and muscle lung, is stocked in several other lakes such as Lake Elmo, Johanna and Crystal.

In addition to great water for serious anglers, the metropolitan area also offers plenty of ponds that are perfect for children. In fact, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program that is populating about 60 ponds with catchable sunfish and has also published a helpful guide to these locations. You can view or print these materials by going to the Youth and Family Fishing Guide on the agency’s website. Popular children’s fishing destinations include Wolfe Lake in St. Louis Park, Centennial Lake in Edina, Smith Lake in Bloomington, and Powderhorn Lake in south Minneapolis. To the east, Metro Powers Lake in Woodbury and Simley Pond in Inver Grove Heights are good options.

Boat guides for the Mississippi and other subway rivers can also be found on the DNR website.

Information on season and limit can be found in the fishing regulations of the MN 2018.