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65747 County Road 174 
Northome, MN  56661 
Toll Free: 1-888-219-5235 
Phone: 218-897-5907 


Stay at Northshore Bay Resort and Fish Red Lake - Just 40 minutes Away!

Red Lake is one of Minnesota's great fishing lakesA decade after the Red Lake walleye fishery was closed to anglers it will once again offer the opportunity to fish its waters for Minnesota's state fish - the walleye.   Lake-wide assessment data continues to indicate very promising progress towards walleye recovery.  Walleye abundance has increased dramatically from the mid-1990's when the walleye population crashed.  Walleye fry stocked in 1999, 2001 and 2003 as part of the recovery plan have established a large population of young fish. Recent DNR test netting indicates the stocking of 41 million walleye fry in 1999 was a huge success.  So was the stocking of 32 million fry in 2001.  Fry stocking in 2003 contributed greatly as well.  Now these fish are mature and contributing to natural reproduction.

Red Lake is actually two shallow basins totaling 275,000 acres and had been a successful commercial, sport, and subsistence fishery for most of the 20th century.  Its walleye population, however, began to fluctuate widely by the 1970s due to overharvest.  This boom-and-bust cycle finally busted for good in the early 1990s.  To heal the ailing lake, state, federal, and tribal resource managers joined together in 1999 to develop the Red Lake Recovery Plan. They prescribed a total walleye harvest moratorium, stepped-up enforcement, and science-based fry stocking. And they let nature take its course.

Minnesota walleyeFishing regulations for the 2016 open-water season are a continuation of the tightened regulations. Implemented during the winter of 2015-2016, a three-fish bag limit for walleye is now in place with no more than one fish over 17 inches allowed in possession. These regulations are necessary to comply with the Harvest Plan for Red Lakes walleye between the State of Minnesota and the Red Lake Nation.

In addition to special walleye regulations, a special harvest regulation for northern pike is also in place. There is a daily bag/possession limit of three fish.  Additionally, a slot limit requires all fish 26-44 inch to be released and only one fish over 44 inches is allowed in possession.

Northshore Bay Resort is located just 40 minutes from Red Lake.  Stay with us and fish Red!



Guided Fishing Trips

We recommend
J&K Fishing Guide Service.
They provide summer and winter guiding on Upper Red Lake and other area lakes and offer both full-day or half-day trips.
Winter Ice House Rental of both day and sleeper ice fishing houses is available.

Contact Joe or Kathy Karp at
218-897-5794 or 218-244-3614
for rates and availability.
You can also email them at jkkarppl@paulbunyan.net.




2016 Fishing Opener Dates

Walleye & Northern Opener - May 14, 2016

Lake Trout Opener - May 14, 2016

Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass Opener - May 14, 2016

Muskie Opener - June 4, 2016

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