Fishing in the
St. Croix Valley


You’ll find almost every kind of freshwater fish in the St. Croix River, one of the healthiest bodies of water in the US. In addition, world class fishing lakes dot the countryside, hosting an abundance of hotspots for muskies, trout, panfish and bass. More than 700,000 trout are released annually into our lakes from two fish hatcheries.

Fish the St. Croix River

The Upper St. Croix, just north of the St. Croix Falls dam, boasts a quiet and scenic wilderness presence and accommodates fishermen of all skill levels and preferences, from shoreline panfish and delicious trout to elusive muskie and battling bass. The smallmouth are especially active both north and south of the dam. Downstream of Taylors Falls, Minnesota, the river is home to many warmer water species: bass, walleyes, saugers, northern pike, muskellunge, catfish, suckers, sturgeon, carp, and pan fish.


Find Your Lake

Chisago County and Polk County combine to host over 400 lakes and streams.  The area is literally riddled with lakes and streams, all of which offer anglers a good shot at the freshwater fish they crave. Our area lakes typically keeps hooks busy with crappie, northern and bluegill, but may surprise you with walleye, largemouth bass or sunfish. If you’re looking for a bass lake, try Balsam Lake in WI. The largemouth are in abundance while northern and panfish are also common. If you’re willing to work for it, you may snag a walleye.


Guy Getaway in the St. Croix Valley

There’s no better time to hit the road with the windows down and no better destination for your group of dudes than the St. Croix Valley.

If you factor in the classic road trip, the list actually includes seven memory-making man-ifestos. It’s a quick jaunt from the Twin Cities (only about 45 minutes), but it will leave you with more time for action at your ultimate destination. So, pack up your bags and your boys and get going! You earned it.