Area Fishing Lakes

Five of the Best Fishing Lakes in Minnesota's Itasca County

1. Winnibigoshish (Winnie)
Lake Winnie, the walleye capital of Itasca County, is a 58,544-acre lake located in the southwest corner of the county. Lake Winnie has a maximum depth of 65 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. The lake is easily accessible by using one of the 8 boat landings on the lake or by using any of the 5 landings on Cut Foot Sioux, a small 2800-acre lake attached to Winnie to the northeast. Also, surrounding the lake is national forest with numerous campgrounds. DNR Lake Info

2. Bowstring
Bowstring Lake is located in western Itasca County. It is a lake of 9,220 acres with 3 boat landings. Bowstring has a maximum depth of 30 feet with an average of 15 feet. The lake is known for its walleyes, northern, and crappies. DNR Lake Info

3. Jessie
Jessie Lake is also located in western Itasca County. It is a 1,753-acre lake located within the Chippewa National Forest that produces some nice 2 to 3 pound walleyes along with some nice northern and crappies averaging ¾ pounds. The lake averages a depth of 22 feet with the deepest point reaching 42 feet. DNR Lake Info

4. Round
Round Lake is a 2,828-acre lake located within the Chippewa National Forest in western Itasca County. Maximum depth is 24 feet with an average of 12 feet. These depths combined with the dark water lead to warmer spring water and a great fishing opener. Round is well known for its jumbo perch and good walleye fishing. DNR Lake Info

5. Island
Island Lake is a 3,088-acre lake located in the northwest corner of Itasca County. The lake has an excellent habitat for its walleye population. However, fishing the lake on fishing opener is not recommended. Memorial weekend through June are a better bet. The lake has an average depth of 35 feet with an average of 17 feet. DNR Lake Info