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Lake Information for Minnetonka Lake


Lake Minnetonka is a 14,528-acre lake in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Throughout its recorded history, the lake has been a resort destination. It is located west-southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The lake is an irregular shape with numerous bays and islands which make up about 125 miles of shoreline.

Lake Minnetonka is popular for lake cruises. The lake cruises offer views of the lake and dining.

Fishing Description: 

Lake Minnetonka is a premier location in the southern section of the state, and especially the Twin Cities metro area, for fishing tournaments. Its game species include yellow perch, sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and especially muskellunge. There are dozens of fishing tournaments every year, and several of the largest bass in the state have been taken from Lake Minnetonka.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Regarding muskies, few lakes near Minneapolis have more, bigger fish. Big Island, a popular lounging island near Excelsior, holds many large fish. Common methods for Lake Minnetonka muskies include bucktails, surface lures and spoons. The best spot for bass and northern pike are quiet coves or bays where there is medium vegetation and zero to very few boaters. Fish these areas with topwaters or suspending baits to get the fish to bite. If that doesn't work, try soft baits like salamanders, worms, or crawdads to get fish in the boat.

Largemouth Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Wayzata Bait & Tackle
  • 15748 Wayzata Blvd - Wayzata, MN
  • (952) 473-2227
    Johnson's Bait & Tackle
  • 11540 Bass Lake Rd - Plymouth, MN
  • (763) 383-8830

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