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All about fishing for bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, sturgeon and tiger muskie in MN.

This state offers unique fishing opportunities. Northern pike and muskie are distributed a great number of lakes in the state. Larger lakes across the state, with some of these miscellaneous fish populations, may include Big Stone Lake, Cass Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lac Qui Parle Lake, Lake Bemidji, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewaska, Lake of the Woods, Lake Pepin, Lake Traverse, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, Lower Red Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Pelican Lake, Rainy Lake, Upper Red Lake and many others.

Other Available Species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 9 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 12 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 54 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 45 lbs 12 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

State Record: 94 lbs 4 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 34 lbs 12 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Check out the Northern Pike Fishing page to get tips, tactics and methods for catching more pike. Also visit the top producing northern pike lures page to assist in selecting the best baits. The Muskie Fishing page offers methods, tips and tactics. Also view the page revealing the top producing lures for catching musky and tiger musky.

Minnesota Miscellaneous State Record Fish

The state record bowfin was caught in the Mississippi River.

The state record longnose gar was caught from the St. Croix River.

The state record muskie was caught in Lake Winnibigoshish.

The state record northern pike was taken out of Basswood Lake.

The state record sturgeon was caught in the Kettle River.

The state record tiger muskie was taken out of Lake Elmo.

For info about local sauger fishing, visit the MN walleye page.

 

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