Minnesota Muskie

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#1
I thought other might find this interesting.

I've been researching this as I'll likely have an opportunity to fish there this June.
I wish we had more opportunities for Tiger Muskie here in Washington.
It looks like some folks would like less Muskie opportunities in Minnesota.

If anyone has any suggestions for fly guides around the Minneapolis St Paul area, I'd like to hear them.
I've never caught a Northern Pike, so that could be a target as well as bigger smallies.
SF

https://flylordsmag.com/single-post/2018/03/27/bad-news-minnesota-muskies/

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mcvmagazine/issues/2016/sep-oct/fly-fishing-for-muskie.html

http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-legislature-declares-war-on-muskies/477180523/
 
#2
Hey Stonefish.

I've been out in St. Paul for a few years now. I would recommend Bob Mitchell's fly shop. Several of the guys that work there are hardcore Muskie guys. The state record Muskie was caught on a fly by one of the shop guys a few years ago. 57 inch gator. There's a replica of it in the shop.

Edit: Pike on the fly is a hell of a lot of fun. They are very aggressive. I caught several last year on deer hair mouse patterns. They make the most viscous trout take look very tame. They get a bit lazy when the water gets warm but it's been a cold winter and I think June's gunna be good.

There is a river not too far north of the cities that has excellent smallie fishing. Parts of the Mississippi are great for smallies too.

There's a lot of good Muskie lakes close to the twin cities. 10,000 lakes here though. There's just a lot of good water in general.

Don't hesitate if you have any questions. I'd be happy to help.

Your post revved me up. I'm anxiously awaiting the damn lakes to ice off and for steelhead to open
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#3
Nick,
I appreciate the reply and shop suggestion.
I’ll probably have some questions as I get closer to booking my trip and I’ll get in touch with you.
SF
 
#4
I hosted this guy on the Trinity and lower Sac several years ago:
http://muskycountryoutfitters.com/Default.aspx
Brad is good people and Musky are his thing, very easy personality but works hard at fishing. Don’t know how far Hayward is from Twin Cities, if too far call him for a local recommendation. He claims his home waters have tremendous Smallmouth fishing as well. He owes me a trip, I need to get out there....
 
#6
Hey Stonefish.

I've been out in St. Paul for a few years now. I would recommend Bob Mitchell's fly shop. Several of the guys that work there are hardcore Muskie guys. The state record Muskie was caught on a fly by one of the shop guys a few years ago. 57 inch gator. There's a replica of it in the shop.

Edit: Pike on the fly is a hell of a lot of fun. They are very aggressive. I caught several last year on deer hair mouse patterns. They make the most viscous trout take look very tame. They get a bit lazy when the water gets warm but it's been a cold winter and I think June's gunna be good.

There is a river not too far north of the cities that has excellent smallie fishing. Parts of the Mississippi are great for smallies too.

There's a lot of good Muskie lakes close to the twin cities. 10,000 lakes here though. There's just a lot of good water in general.

Don't hesitate if you have any questions. I'd be happy to help.

Your post revved me up. I'm anxiously awaiting the damn lakes to ice off and for steelhead to open
STEELHEAD!!!???
 
#7
Stonefish, I'd be happy to help.

Montana1422, the Great Lakes get runs of "steelhead". Beggars can't be choosers when your 1500 miles from the ocean and almost all the water within a 300 mile radius is frozen over. I'd be happy to fish for pellet fed trout right now