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.
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.”
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.
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