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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 2015 open-water season are a continuation of the tightened regulations implemented during the winter of 2014-2015: a two-fish bag limit with a 17-26 inch PSL; only one fish over 26 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. Fishing regulations for the 2015-2016 winter season are expected to be slightly less restrictive and will be announced this fall through various media and posted to the DNR website.

In addition to special walleye regulations, a special harvest regulation for northern pike has been in place since the 2006 fishing opener. The regulation from 2006 through 2010 was a 26-40 inch PSL (only one fish over 40 inches allowed in possession) and beginning with the 2011 fishing season opener, this slot limit was widened to a 26-44 inch protected slot (only one fish over 44 inches allowed in possession) to increase protection for large pike.

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.





Walleye & Northern Opener - May 9, 2015

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Muskie Opener - June 6, 2015

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