For many Minnesotans, the unofficial start to summer is early May’s long-awaited Fishing Opener. Despite the fact that over 500,000 Minnesotans celebrate Fishing Opener by throwing a line into one of the state’s 10,000 lakes (it’s actually 11,842, but who’s counting?), you won’t be bumping elbows with other gleeful anglers this May. There are approximately 2.6 million acres of lake water in the scenic, serene North Star State; thus, there’s ample acreage for all anglers to cast for walleye or northern pike, especially here on sweeping Big Sandy Lake. The aptly-named Big Sandy Lodge & Resort rests along the granular shores of this 6,500-acre hidden gem north of McGregor, where you’ll surprisingly discover some of the best walleye fishing in Minnesota.

Big Sandy Lake

But, of course, there’s so much more to love about azure Big Sandy Lake, including its 19 peaceful islands, aesthetically-pleasing lake homes, and the idyllic combination of aspens, red pines, and spruces that dot the shoreline. Several species thrive underneath the subtly wavy surface of Big Sandy, including substantial crappies, maddening sunfish, vibrant perch, occasional catfish, rare Tullies, slippery northern pike, and, king of all, delectable walleye. The walleye is, after all, Minnesota’s state fish, due to its abundance across the region’s large, cool lakes.

Walleye Fishing in Minnesota

Without a doubt, most mid-summer anglers target hungry, binge-eating female walleyes. A lot of anglers are finding success here on Big Sandy Lake by luring them with plastic bait. However, live bait, such as leeches, crawlers, and minnows, are preferred for those aiming to troll. It’s not uncommon to hook walleyes between 18 and 26 inches in these still waters, especially at dusk, sunrise, or under the moonlight when they begin to scurry to shallow honey holes. Big Sandy’s unique combination of beauty, uncrowded water, fish variety, and high catch rates make it one of the most alluring destinations to try walleye fishing in Minnesota. It doesn’t hurt that there’s an affordable yet award-winning lodge just steps from Sandy’s perfectly-warm waves.

Nothing Beats This Patio View of Big Sandy after a Day of Walleye Fishing in MinnesotaNorthern Minnesota Fishing Resorts

We take fishing just as seriously as all other neighboring angling-only resorts. However, guests at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort can combine a full day of world-class walleye fishing in Minnesota with on-site dining, live music, villa living, and a plethora of mid-day activities, such as a paddling adventure, lazy pontoon ride, or deep-forested hike. And, because of our proximity to both the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports, we’ve rapidly evolved into one of the top-reviewed extended weekend getaways in Minnesota. Simply give us a call today at 218-426-5040 to learn more about our many complimentary amenities and a potential Big Sandy Lake fishing excursion.