"Bigger is better in Minnesota.

Larger lakes have greater resources, or rather, deeper pockets. Voluminous lakes, by and large, produce bigger fish and recruit at a rate advanced of lesser bodies. No doubt, occasionally, smaller venues put it all together, but it never lasts long.

We’ve all been there when, unexpectedly, that 200-acre boilerplate pumps out plump crappies faster than Happy Meals through a McDonald’s drive-through. It’s good when it’s good. Limits are common. Word filters through town. Freezers are filled. When the outbreak ends, the little ol’ 200-acre millpond is left naked in the cold with only culled runts left to nurse. Only time and a divine intervention will put the lake’s smile back on.

Big lakes are better equipped to handle such pressure. Typically, besides the obvious advantage of size, there’s more forage, structure and diversity of habitats to shroud particular populations from filet-craving weekenders and locals as well.

Opportunely, several of Minnesota’s larger lakes are steeped in positive cycles, yielding not only numerical volume, but also massiveness. And if you’re of the ilk that judges success in pounds of pressure on the rod similarly or greater to pounds in the cooler, I think you’ll appreciate these offerings."

  1. Walleyes - Lake of the Woods
  2. Perch - Lake Winnibigoshish
  3. Leech Lake
  4. Panfish - Western Hotspots
  5. Clearwater Lake
  6. Northern Pike - Upper Red Lake