Minnesota’s Best Walleye, Northern, Bass & Panfish Fishing
As one of the best Minnesota walleye fishing resorts, our unique location on the shore of the Bowstring River offers guests lake access to Minnesota fisheries like Bowstring Lake, Big Sand Lake, Little Sand Lake and the Bowstring River. Walleye, northern pike, crappie, sunfish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and perch all thrive in the clean and unspoiled waters of the winding Bowstring River. Anglers come from miles around to fish from the “Anchor Inn Bridge.” Its walkway, just a few feet from our front door, produces everything from stingers of sunfish to buckets of bullhead as well as wall-mount walleye and trophy-size northern pike. Our guests often find a shady spot under a tree and shore fish along the resort’s mile-long river frontage. Just downstream is Rice Lake, a spectacular fish hatchery, with 817 acres of sun-warmed shallow water nearly covered with wild rice.
2019 Minnesota Fishing Opener Dates
Walleye & Northern Pike: May 11, 2019 Large & Smallmouth Bass: May 11, 2019 Muskie: June 1, 2019
2020 Minnesota Fishing Opener Dates
Walleye & Northern Pike: May 6, 2020 Large & Smallmouth Bass: May 6, 2020 Muskie: June 6, 2020
From our docks anglers can also explore the hundreds of miles of open water that make up The Bowstring Chain of Lakes. Lakes like Bowstring and Big Sand are well-known Minnesota walleye fisheries offering vast fish habitat and varied underwater structure such as sand bars, weed beds, deep holes, bays and islands. Little Sand Lake, a quiet 371 acre lake, is one of the best kept secrets in Minnesota walleye fishing. Because of its small size and shallow basin, Little Sand Lake would not be expected to provide a walleye fishery. However, Little Sand Lake has a good walleye fishery Minnesota’s Best Fishing Resorts include Anchor Inn Resort near Grand Rapids, MN and Deer River, MN.which likely results from walleye movement throughout the Bowstring River system. Its calm waters offer a haven when rough weather keeps you off of the big lakes and it has many good fishing spots of its own. Anglers targeting any of these Minnesota fishing lakes can expect to find excellent fishing for walleye, northern pike, jumbo perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
Our hospitality is legendary and keeps guests returning year after year. We make sure that you get great service as well as all of the amenities that make a great MN fishing vacation like our private boat launch, licenses, gas, oil and bait sales, fish cleaning facilities and boat and motor rentals.
I have been going to Anchor Inn for more than 15 years and it's every bit a piece of heaven. We usually go in the fall when the leaves are in their full glory and the fishing is at its best. The fishing is the best I have ever experienced. We frequently come home with our limits and the fun part is you never know for sure what is going to hit your line. It could be the much sought after walleye, a fighting northern, a nice ring perch, or a hand-size crappie. I made my decision to retire early while enjoying a day fishing with the Kittermans on Rice Lake. It's fun enjoying nature together with good friendship in the northwoods. Whether you want to fish, read a book, do nothing, or enjoy one of Bud's many fish tales - it is so relaxing at Anchor Inn! I especially enjoy the weekly fish fry and carry-in meal. I can't wait until my next trip to Anchor Inn.Jim from Rock Island, Illinois