I am from WI originally and know the lakes over there, but now I am a MN resident and my husband and I are looking to go up north for a week over our anniversary to go fishing. I heard Fish Hook lake is really nice. Can anyone else suggest any lakes to the north that are nice and the resorts are reasonable? My husband likes fishing for bass and northern. I like the pan fish.
Fish Hook is an excellent fishing lake and is known as one of the best "multi-species" lakes around, providing good fishing opportunites for walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish. Fish Hook has good water quality, bottom substrate, and aquatic vegetation that provides excellent habitat for a variety of gamefish species. Important emergent aquatic vegetation such as hardstem bulrush are found along the southwest and north shores. Good beds of submerged aquatic vegetation such as claspingleaf and whitestem pondweed ("cabbage"), coontail, and northern milfoil are common and found out to 20 foot depths.
Walleye abundance (7.0 walleye/gillnet) was up from past surveys and above the current management goal of 5 walleye/gillnet. Anglers can expect to find good numbers of 16-20 inch walleye as well as larger fish up to 30 inches. Fish Hook Lake is known as one of the better lakes in this area for the opportunity of catching a trophy walleye (30 inch plus). Fish Hook Lake is currently stocked with walleye fingerlings during odd numbered years.
Northern pike were sampled in high numbers (10.2 pike/gillnet), above the range "typical" for this lake class. Northern pike abundance in past surveys has fluctuated from moderate to high numbers. Sampled northern pike had an average length and weight of 21.1 inches and 2.2 pounds with pike measured up to 36.2 inches.
Fish Hook has an excellent population of largemouth bass and panfish. Largemouth bass in the 14-16 inch size range are common as well as bass up to 20 inches. Smallmouth bass are present in low numbers. Anglers will find good numbers of bluegill in the 7-8 inch range. The black crappie population in Fish Hook fluctuates from low to moderate numbers. Anglers will find black crappie in the 10-12 inch size range.
Many of the lakes around park rapids are very nice for fishing fish hook is too like big bite had said it does hold many pike and bass/pannies and if the fishing is not good there theres always a lake close by that you may want to check out heres a faw of the resorts you may want to check out..
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988