Fly fishing in a river
Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Urban Fly
When you think fly-fishing, chances are you don’t think urban waters. As Michael Fischer of south Minneapolis’s fly-fishing outfitter Mend Provisions puts it, “Traditionally you wouldn’t see our type lurking around the city lakes in our goofy waders, as most of the classic trout waters are an hour or two from the metro area.” But lately fly-fishers who live in the city have figured out that if they cast out the thought of casting solely for trout, they can exploit more opportunistic city-living fish, like bass, muskie, and carp, on a daily basis. Professional fly-fisherman and fly-fishing artist John Piacquadio, founder of Twin Cities Urban Fly, dropped his top urban fly honey holes.
St. Anthony Main
Paths lead down to the water north of the Stone Arch Bridge. Late spring after the water goes down, it’s excellent for wading for smallmouth, catfish, northern pike, and carp.
Lake of the Isles
All of the shoreline that has structure is good for largemouth bass and the possibilities of tiger muskie.
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
Walleye, carp, and northern pike move through this area for spawning in late spring.
Many northern pike, carp, largemouth bass, and muskie hang out by structure near the shoreline.