Lake Minnetonka

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Short Take: 14,310 acres; series of small lakes connected by short canals, heavy milfoil, boat docks, rocks, deep water. Rare, indeed, is a lake situated practically within the city limits of a major metropolitan area that ranks as one of the nation’s better bass fisheries, but Lake Minnetonka, located only a dozen miles from Minneapolis, can be classified just that way. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are present in huge numbers and very respectable sizes here; in fact, largemouth weighing 6 pounds are not at all unusual. The reasons for Minnetonka’s success can undoubtedly be linked primarily to the lake’s heavy growth of Eurasian milfoil, and secondly, perhaps, to the lake’s unusual configuration. Actually, Minnetonka’s 14,310 acres spread across more than a dozen separate lakes (most are actually named bays on the lake maps), all connected by short canals. The entire complex fits within an area just 11 miles long and six miles wide, and embraces 110 miles of shoreline. The lakes are natural, and were formed some 15,000 years ago by glaciers. The milfoil is spread throughout the shallows of most of the lakes, but as an added attraction, Minnetonka’s shorelines are dotted with boat docks, and much of the deep water outside the grassline is filled with rocks. Thus, bass fishermen have a variety of fishing options immediately available. Primary Species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass.
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Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Wayzata
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Unspecified
Season: Best June through September
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