Minnesota Fishing Destinations

Minnesota offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the country. There’s a great variety of water, from big lakes to scenic trout streams to the mighty Mississippi. Roaming these waters are large and smallmouth bass, trout, panfish, northern pike, muskies, and of course, the mighty walleye. Hunting is also a big tradition here, with small game, waterfowl, turkey, pheasant, and deer seasons opening every fall. Hunters in other states envy Minnesota’s ruffed grouse populations, too

Shallow Water Walleye on Lake Kabetogama


Leech Lake is regarded as one of the hottest walleye fisheries in Minnesota. Several strong year classes of walleye complement a diverse fishery that has largemouth bass, jumbo yellow perch, panfish, musky, and pike.  Leech Lake is home to several great resorts, phenomenal guides, and a host of recreational opportunities that range from hiking and ski trails to houseboats and outdoor concerts.

Landmark location on the shores of Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota. This historic lodging establishment offers deluxe accommodations including condos, lakefront dining, and spa. Corporate fishing excursions and overnight fishing packages are available through Leisure Outdoors Adventures.

Baileys Resort is located on Kabekona Bay on Leech Lake.  This resort is comfortable and modern and in close proximity to where we have caught some of our largest walleyes on Leech Lake when we have filmed television programs.  The staff is dialed into the walleye, bass, perch, musky and panfish bites happening across Leech Lake so this is a great place to stay if you want to start your fishing with some current inside information on the bite.


Highbanks Resort is a peaceful family getaway on the shores of Lake Winnibigoshish.  Lake Winnie has been a top walleye and perch fishery in Minnesota and recent years seem to be trending up with anglers experiencing great fishing.  Highbanks Resort caters to both open-water anglers and ice anglers.  Located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest, this resort combines a rich history with friendly service and helpful staff.  Airboat tours are also available.

Lakewood Lodge specializes in providing year-round fun-filled vacations and awesome fishing on a quiet bay of Sand Lake, part of the Bowstring Chain of Lakes.  We are located 38 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, MN and 50 miles northeast of Bemidji, MN.  Come vacation and explore our Minnesota resort and play on Sand Lake.  Renew your spirit in the awesome splendor of the Chippewa National Forest that completely surrounds the resort.  Challenge yourself to conquer Minnesota Fishing on some of the best fishing waters in northern Minnesota.


Kabetogama Lake is a wild, untapped treasure surrounded by National Forest. Anglers who long for wide open spaces and good fishing will revel in the cool, clean waters and solitude of Kabetogama. Excellent population of walleye, crappie, northern pike and smallmouth bass.  This lake is mostly undeveloped and resembles a Canadian Shield fly in fishing experience without the hassle or expense.

You will enjoy the beautiful scenery, peaceful atmosphere, quiet relaxation, abundance of wildlife, as well as excellent fishing. We at Idlewild have dedicated ourselves to making your vacation the best ever. We have remodeled, redecorated and refurbished all the cabins to make you feel as comfortable as being at home.


Try out the “Big V” for a fishing experience you will talk about for years! Lake Vermilion fishing offers something for everyone, from the pro to the first-time fisherman. Drop-offs, sand-bottom, rock bottom, sunken islands, and reefs offer a fishing challenge. With over 40,000 acres of water, hundreds of bays and coves, and 365 islands to explore, you can have a new fishing experience every day of your visit. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources maintains the lake with a walleye hatchery and muskie stocking program.