Minnesota’s Best Crane Lake Fishing

Crane is a 3,088 acre, 80-foot deep lake located 28 miles northeast of Orr, MN. The lake’s northern shore forms part of the boundary to Voyageurs National Park and offers some of the best fishing in northeast Minnesota. Crane Lake is an entry point into the Park as well as U.S. Customs port for seaplane traffic. Many different fish species are present with anglers primarily seeking walleye, sauger, black crappie, and smallmouth bass. An experimental walleye regulation (all walleyes from 18 to 26 inches must be immediately released. One over 26 inches allowed in possession) is in effect for Crane Lake as well as other lakes of the Namakan Reservoir.

Fishing in Crane Lake-Something for Everyone

By Roger Cormier

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Minnesota Fishing Regulations

For the most accurate and current fishing information, including dates, licensing, and regulations, please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website. Responsible fishing requires being well-informed, and the DNR website is the best resource to ensure you understand and comply with the specific rules for fishing in Crane Lake and other bodies of water.

Fish Species found in area lakes:

  • Walleye

  • Smallmouth Bass

  • Northern Pike

  • Black Crappie

  • Lake Trout

  • Sturgeon

  • Sauger

  • Lake Whitefish

  • Bluegill

  • Largemouth Bass

  • Yellow Perch

Fishing in Crane Lake

Public Access Information: There is state-owned public access on the south side of the lake.

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