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 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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