by Melley Moua - Staff Writer
Photo of a walleye
Did you know that Minnesota’s state fish is a walleye? Fishing started over 11,500 years ago. The Dakota tribe started fishing Lake Superior. The fish were either caught by net (Fishing using a net), angle (Fishing with a pole), or speared (Fishing using a spear). Later, the Ojibwa tribe migrated to Lake Superior. They fished in birchbark canoes and used nets. They caught trout, whitefish, and sturgeon.
Fishing has many ups and downs, like any hobby. A positive for fishing is that well, you get to provide a meal for yourself and your family, get away from everyday life, and enjoy nature. 9th grader Dominik Moua stated that it is “great to get away from all the noise.” Moua also stated that “catching any big fish” is often a highlight for any fishing trip. Fishing can provide some much-needed time away from the screens of our phones and TV. The downs of fishing is when fish are hurt due to the way they’re caught (Especially when you’re just catching and releasing), and overfishing.
There are many great places to go fishing in Minnesota.
Some places you can attempt to fish at is Red Lake, which is known for catching crappie and ice fishing. Fishermen have also been said to have found 40 inches Northern Pike. Moua stated that his favorite lake is “Bald Eagle Lake.” Another lake you could try out is Steiger Lake. Though it is caught and release for largemouth bass and Northern Pike. White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Big Marine are also some lakes you could try.
I enjoy fishing and have had many experiences in the different lakes of Minnesota. When fishing at White Bear Lake I hadn’t had much luck. Just last year in 2020, my family and I had gone to Red Lake to ice fish but had no luck in catching fish. Bald Eagle Lake and Big Marine are lakes that I have caught fish such as bass, crappie, perch, bluegill, sunnies, and northern pikes. In Minnesota, there are many types of fish including walleye, crappie, sturgeon, perch, musky, bass, northern pike, carp, sunny, bluegill, catfish, rock bass, and many more!
There is such a history of fishing in Minnesota on one of our 10,000 lakes, try it this summer!