Best Fish to Catch in Minnesota This Summer

Minnesota is renowned for its walleye fishing. These tasty fish are abundant in many of the state's lakes, making them a top choice for summer fishing.  


 Known for their aggressive strikes, northern pike are a thrilling catch. Head to Lake Vermilion, Lake of the Woods, or Rainy Lake for some excellent pike action.

Northern Pike

Smallmouth Bass

Visit Lake Minnetonka, the Mississippi River, or the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a chance to reel in some bronzebacks.

If you're up for a challenge, try your hand at muskie fishing. These apex predators can be found in Lake Vermilion, Lake of the Woods, and Lake Minnetonka.


Largemouth bass are another popular species to target. You'll find them in lakes like Gull Lake, Lake Minnewaska, and Lake Waconia. 

Largemouth Bass

For a relaxing day of fishing, go after panfish like bluegill and crappie. Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, and Medicine Lake are great choices for panfishing. 


For a taste of the deep, consider lake trout fishing. Head to Lake Superior, Lake Trout Lake, or Gunflint Lake for a chance to hook into these cold-water beauties. 

Lake Trout