Minneapolis Northwest is Built for Kayak Fishing

We know Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, but not all of them are found up north. There are excellent fishing options found right here in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis Northwest probably is not on your radar as a fishing destination, but it should be! Home to nine pristine lakes, and within easy reach of dozens more, Minneapolis Northwest is an unexpected fisherman’s paradise.

Bass fishing on Fish Lake

You have most likely heard about Lake Minnetonka, the largest lake in the Twin Cities metro at nearly 15,000 acres of water. It is undeniably a huge lake with plenty of fishing to be had, but many local anglers prefer to fish quieter lakes that see less boat traffic. That is where Minneapolis Northwest truly shines. “Minneapolis Northwest is surrounded by phenomenal kayak fishing lakes; bodies of water that are not over a few hundred acres in size and loaded with pike, bass and pan fish,” say Tim Lesmeister, columnist for OutdoorNews. “Most have well-maintained boat landings, great water quality and get marginal fishing pressure due to their size. Most big-boat anglers like big water. Kayak anglers appreciate the benefits of a small lake.”

Fishing on the banks of the Mississippi River in Brooklyn Park

One hidden gem for such fishing is Weaver Lake in Maple Grove. “This small pristine lake, tucked within a quaint little neighborhood, was great for our Hobie Kayaks. The early morning is perfect for waterfowl viewing and it feels as if you are miles away from the city,” recommends Barb Carey, fishing pro with CLAM Outdoors. At Weaver Lake you’ll find bass, pike, blue gills, and crappies. This selection is pretty characteristic of Minneapolis Northwest lakes in general. If the river is more your style, the stretch of Mississippi that flows through Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is great for bass, crappies, and carp. You can cast a line from your kayak, or fishing off the side of the dam is especially fun too. For a change of pace, the park also has a well-stocked trout pond.

“I suggest next time you go to the Minneapolis Northwest area, you take a fishing rod and do some exploring,” says Carey.

Fishing dock at Weaver Lake

Public Boat-Launch Lakes

Fish Lake - Maple Grove

Twin Lakes - Robbinsdale
Twin Lakes are two joining lakes (215-acres)

Weaver Lake - Maple Grove

Diamond Lake - Rogers

Public Carry-in Lakes

Cedar Island Lake - Maple Grove

Eagle/Pike Lake - Maple Grove

Rice Lake - Maple Grove

French Lake - Rogers

Crystal Lake - Robbinsdale

Mississippi River Fishing

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park -Brooklyn Park

North Mississippi Regional Park (Shingle Creek) - Brooklyn Center

River Park- Brooklyn Park

Sports & Outdoors

Minneapolis Northwest is home to a number of Minnesota’s 10,000 Lakes, not to mention the Mighty Mississippi. From paddling down the river, fishing Weaver Lake, to cross-country skiing at Elm Creek Park Reserve, there is an abundance of outdoor activities to take part in year round.

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