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Many lakes in the Twin Cities have public access slips where you can easily launch your boat and get out on the water for a day of fishing.
Located west of Minneapolis, Lake Independence is a sizable body of water set in idyllic countryside. Part of Baker Park Reserve, it is the perfect destination for a day on the water. Launch your boat at the public access located in the reserve and have fun exploring the different fishing spots on the lake—rumor has it this is one of the best lakes for walleye fishing.
Another lake in the area that you’ll want to drop a line in is Hyland Lake, located in Bloomington’s beautiful Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Abundant with black crappie and bluegill, the lake has a paved boat launch on the northwest corner, making it easy to set sail on a day of fishing. On the eastern edge of the park is Bush Lake, which also has public boat access. Cast your line for muskie, walleye, northern pike and more blue-ribbon-deserving fish.
Head east to the suburb of Lake Elmo (located near Stillwater) for a day of fishing on the eponymous body of water. If you’re looking to catch some northern pike, this is the place to go. There is a public boat access located within Lake Elmo Park Reserve, making it quick and convenient to drop your vessel in the water.
Lake Rebecca is another fishing destination in the east metro that you’ll want to check out. Located adjacent to the Mississippi River in Hastings, this narrow lake is stocked with many fish commonly associated with the river because of past floods. So in addition to northern pike, bass and crappie, you might catch a number of channel species. Lake Rebecca’s entire shoreline is open to the public, and anglers enjoy a convenient boat launch located on the southern tip in Lake Rebecca Park. Water restrictions on the lake limit boat use to electric motors only, however.
Located in the northern suburb of Blaine is a small, peaceful fishing lake with abundant crappie, northern pike and bluegill. Cast off the pier at Lochness Lake, and while you’re at it, enjoy the walking path that surrounds this 16-acre lake.