Thousands of years ago, during the last ice age, glaciers receded and advanced over what is now the American Upper Midwest. Not only do we have the Great Lakes as a result, but Minnesota has the ice age to thank for her 11,842 lakes.

Today, fishing and water sports have become a cultural staple for individuals and families looking to take advantage of the seasons and take home the elusive trophy fish. We’ve put together a guide that will give you a glimpse into the best of the best fishing trips across the state as well as a spotlight on our very own St. Louis County.

Fishing Vacations in Northern Minnesota

From Mille Lacs Lake to Leech Lake and all the way to Lake Vermilion, some of the best Minnesota fishing trips are in the upper half of this beautiful state. Not only is the fishing great, but the forests, winding rivers, and state parks provide ample opportunity for a variety of fun activities one can take with their family.

Northern lake fishermen boast the best walleye fishing opportunities on these lakes, as well as smallmouth bass and northern pike. In fact, Lake Vermilion is famous for its smallmouth bass population. Its rocky shorelines, points, and mid-lake reefs make for perfect smallmouth habitats that provide sport fisherman with high quantity catches and an eventful adventure

St. Louis County and Iron Range Fishing Spotlight

St. Louis County, in the heart of the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota, is home to 545 of Minnesota’s lakes. Among those are some of the most famous and sought-after locations for fishermen. Such lakes include:

  • Lake Vermilion
  • Pelican Lake
  • Lake Superior
  • Burntside Lake

It is not uncommon to find these, and other popular St. Louis County lakes, in top 20 rankings for fishing and general outdoor activity experiences in Minnesota. Their unique shapes, fish variety, and family entertainment possibilities make them unique draws for individuals and groups looking for the perfect fishing adventure. And, located on Pelican Lake in Orr, Minnesota, Birch Forest Lodge is perfectly placed to be your home for a weekend or longer-term stay.

Don’t Forget About the South

For exciting bass fishing along Minnesota’s great rivers, southern Minnesota provides exceptional opportunities for fishermen looking to troll the Mississippi, Minnesota, or Des Moines rivers. And while the bottom half of the state does not meet the top half in lake abundance, there are still numerous great choices to meet your fishing adventure needs.

Some notable southern Minnesota lakes include Swan Lake, Cannon Lake, Lake Elysian, and, of course, Lake Minnetonka. The forests may not be as dense around here, but the beautiful farmland out west and the jaw-dropping bluffs along the Mississippi are sure to add some gorgeous settings to the backdrop of your trip.

Beautiful Lakes + Local Experts = Good Fishing

The fishing experience is only as good as the local resources available. What are the best local resources (besides bait shops, of course)? Locals. There are plenty of Minnesota cabin and camping resorts with local fishing experts who are more than willing to give tips and even rent out equipment. The right guidance and historic knowledge of lakes, rivers, and prime fishing spots can go a long way in achieving a successful fishing trip. To help you learn a little about fishing on Pelican Lake, we’ve put together a quick fishing guide and some tips for you.

Plan to Have Your Next Fishing Trip at Birch Forest Lodge

Located on Pelican Lake in Orr, Minnesota, Birch Forest Lodge is a family run resort that prides itself on its cleanliness and comfortability. We offer 2- and 3-bedroom cabins, a stellar beach area, well-maintained rental boats, and thorough knowledge of area fishing opportunities.

Looking to have a family reunion or host a weekend fishing tournament? Our large cabins, The Retreat and Voyageur Cabin, can accommodate 10 to 14 people and are available at a competitive rate. Don’t worry, you won’t be packed in like sardines. These bigger cabins are spacious and homey, not to mention gorgeous inside and out.

Birch Forest Lodge has been a Minnesota family tradition since 1932 and is the perfect blend of remote, yet accessible. Let us help you plan your next great fishing adventure! Connect with us today by using the online contact form.