Recommended fishing sites in Minnesota state parks

Paula Carlsen

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — In Minnesota, state parks provide a variety of fishing opportunities, whether you want to establish a new walleye record or just want to relax on a pier for a calm day of fishing.

Fishing is a relaxing pastime that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and Minnesota has consistently been ranked as one of the best fishing states in the United States.

Some of the most popular fishing spots in Minnesota state parks include the following locations:

1. Bear Head Lake State Park

Walleye, bass, crappies and trout are abundant.

2. Big Bog State Recreation Area

Panfish, walleye and northern pike are available. Plus an accessible fish cleaning house.

3. Fort Snelling State Park

This state park, located just minutes from the metro center, features excellent fishing.

4. Red River State Recreation Area

Catfish are abundant in the Red River’s nutrient-rich waters.

5. Zippel Bay State Park

In Lake of the Woods, you can catch walleye, sauger, bass, perch and muskie.

6. Beaver Creek Valley State Park

Brown and brook trout inhabit clear streams.

7. Father Hennepin State Park

Mille Lacs Lake is home to bass, northern pike and walleye.

8. Glendalough State Park

Sunfish and crappies of considerable size for the frying pan and bass for the camera.

9. Maplewood State Park

This park features eight large lakes and numerous ponds, all of which offer excellent fishing.

10. Whitewater State Park

Brown, brook and rainbow trout abound in this angler’s paradise.

It is the most pleasant aspect of fishing in Minnesota that you are not required to have a fishing license in most state parks, and that many state parks give complimentary fishing equipment.

Consider yourself prepared to have a good time, and don't forget to carry a camera to document your exploits. Keep in mind that catching a small fish is still considered fishing; try your luck with bluegill, perch, or bullhead. If you want to maximize your chances of capturing a fish, use live bait.

Sunscreen, bug repellant, and a first aid kit are all vital to have on hand at all times. Don't forget to include some snacks and beverages as well.

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