Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
mjhowe

If you could live anywhere in MN, where would it be?

Recommended Posts

mjhowe

I am contemplating a move to the great state of Minnesota...I would love some opinions on places to begin my search...based on my below criteria, which is by no means all inclusive. But...some of the important items are...

My main criteria are as follows:

City/area population of 5,000-20000 people.

Premium ice fishing opportunity within 1-2 hour drives or closer. (My main outdoor passion is hardwater, but open water fishing, archery and motorsports are right there also.)

NOT "touristy", in a National Park, National Landmark, type way. Rural, local destination type tourism is a-ok.

Access to multiple use state/federal lands.

Decent real estate options...median home price below $200k

I dont care to be any closer than 2-3 hours from major city (over 250,000 people)

Help me decide, I promise to be a good neighbor!

--------------------

Mike

Kalispell, MT

<<><<

mjhowe@centurytel.net

My Sponsors

LOOK ALIVE, MAGGOT!

(Not you Pal, I was talking to my bait)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
curt quesnell

Thief River Falls,,,population 8500

Lake of the Woods 90 miles away

2 fishable rivers right in town

Not a tourist area

National and State refuges (useable) near by.

Grand Forks 1 hour away

Fargo 2.5 hours away

Minneapolis/St Paul 5.5 hours away

Very good employment opportunities exist.

?????????????????????

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
walleyejon

Mike,

It sounds like you're describing the Northwest corner of Minnesota. Some of the towns/areas where Lake of the Woods, The Red River, and even Upper Red Lake would be close enough to drive to for a days worth of fishing would be Thief River Falls, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Red Lake Falls, Roseau, Warroad, Baudette, or even over toward Fosston,Bagley, or Bemidji would fit your criteria.

There are endless smaller communities up here that would also fit the bill for you. I can't hardly complain about my location in between Greenbush and Karlstad, where I have a 50 mile drive to Lake of the Woods in Warroad, and about a 40 mile drive to the Red River in Drayton or Hallock. With all that being said, if I had to narrow it down to one place, where work and school weren't a limiting factors, I would opt for the area east of Warroad up by the lake, anywhere from Rocky Point over to Zippel Bay. This area would put premium hardwater fishing out your back door, the real estate options are well within your price range, you're within a short drive of the Rainy River or Red Lake, and there are tens of thousands of acres of public land for hunting, ATV'ing or snowmobiling. From what you wrote, I don't know of another area that would come closer. Good luck.....neighbor?????

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hanson

Quote:

From what you wrote, I don't know of another area that would come closer. Good luck.....neighbor?????


Agreed!!

Lets look at the rest of the state-

- Bemidji? Pretty touristy although you are right in the heart of lake country. Bemidji would be a good bet for any angler.

- Brainerd area? Busy, busy, busy. Very touristy. Lake front real estate is pretty expensive. Although, very good fishing opportunities.

- Ely area? There is lots of potential up there as well for the outdoorsman.

- Twin Cities? Too busy. Too many people. Probably not what you are looking for. Although, you are within 1 hr of world class open water & ice fishing for nearly every species of fish in the state of MN.

Just a few thoughts. Northwest MN is pretty darn nice. Its very agricultural. Lots of small towns. And world class fishing is within easy reach to the north (Lake of the Woods & Canada), east (Upper Red Lake & Bemidji Area), south (Detroit Lakes area), and west (Red River & Devils Lake).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Blaze

Mike,

Asking this question in this forum is going to get you a pretty predictable response, but that's OK becasue there's lots of truth to these replies. wink.gif

I have lived in TRF, Mankato, Bemidji, Tower/Ely, and the Cities and have traveled most every corner of the state while hunting, fishing, or camping, so I think I can offer a pretty neutral opinion.

Based on your criteria, I would strongly suggest Grand Rapids as a possibility. About 8300 people with just enough tourism to bring in some $$ without giving up the small town feel. World class fishing opportunities GALORE, state/federal/paper company land all over for good deer, bear, and ruffed grouse hunting access, and housing is pretty darn cheap with lots of privacy available. They get great snow every year it seems and did I mention the snowmobiling trail systems running to Duluth and Int'l Falls as well? Also, the crime rate is, well, pretty much non-existent (compare that to Bemidji!). If I could talk my wife into moving up there, I'd be gone in a heart-beat.

On a different note, why would you ever want to leave MT? I almost moved to Missoula after high school to go to guide school. Man, that's beautiful country...

Good luck and keep us posted.

PS - in case you haven't seen it, wwwDOTcity-dataDOTcom offers great info on communities as you do your research.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mjhowe

Thanks all, so far, for your replies. I stayed in Black Duck for a couple nights 2 years ago while on an ice fishing trip and liked it...

Blaze, as for your question why I would want to leave MT...EVERYBODY is moving here and changing the entire lifestyle/atmosphere etc. People move here because the hate where they were...and then try to change evrything to like it was...where they were! Also, Montana is all about trout... No other species gets ANY respect in this state.

Not convinced I am leaving yet...but I really loved MN when I have been there. And I NEED to ice fish and here we have a short season and thin ice on most of our waters. You NEVER drive a truck on a lake in Western MT

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shae1986

Ill Chime in here im not scared. Since I go to school in Crookston and live only an hour south in Ulen, I still have somewhere else i would want to live. that would be around Bismark North Dakota. Probably in one of the small towns outside bismark. the reason in I would be close to great fishing, Lake Sakak, and Jamestown Resiviour and many other small rivers in the area that have some decent fishing that gets little pressure. There would be the duck and goose hunting which can be supurb and lets not even get started on the grouse and pheasants. My plan when i am done with school is to move out there. Now i know this is not in MN, but i thought i would chime in bc in many responses people mentioned ND fishing so i thought why not live in ND.

A. Shae

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wiskers

I grew up in Blackduck and that is a very nice area and in touch with the outdoors. Not much for large population city other than Bemidji but I would not pick that if it were me. Roseau would be a good spot due to the closeness of LOW and rivers in the area. Crookston and East Grand Forks are good choices. Grand Forks for me would be too much population for me. My pick of all picks would be Pemina, due to closeness to Lockport, the Red River, LOW. So much water and so little time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • nofishfisherman
      Thanks for the reply, I'll check them out.
    • Reel_Magic
      I went out on Horseshoe on Sunday and where the ice remained from the first freeze it is a solid 6 in.  Where it recently froze over last week its was 3 inches at best.  Now that we have snow cover it will be hard to find that line.  I was out with the wheeler on sunday but stayed on the "old" ice that I knew was "safe".  I wouldn't use a wheeler from the access or go exploring quite yet.  Plan on heading back out Thursday and will try and give an update
    • Rancid Crabtree
      went out last night. 2.5-3" of solid clear ice. Single digits last night and still pretty cold today...wouldn't be surprised to find another inch when i head out this evening.  Forecast temps have been lowered a few degrees so we shouldnt be losing any ice through the week/weekend. Hopefully making a bit more each night. Breaking out the popup this weekend!
    • icepike 1
      So there's a guy that wants to trade his Frabill 3 man side door entry flip over ice house for my one man clam Legend thermal Ice House. Thinking I might go for it but was wondering if I should stay away from Frabill for any reason? Wondering if I could get any input and if this is a good deal or not. Thanks in advance.
    • TomWehler
      Total agree Topwater mix rules for a kid learning to muskie fish.  Kayak ~~~ At 14 years can by now control the craft & cast pretty well so mix of small to medium size bucktails and a glider or two kick it any time.  Host of things to purchase out there but really no need. Keep it simple, have fun, learn the lake, the fish, the food....he will enjoy it an be hooked for long long time.  And will he succeed ~ YES indeed ~ 96 & 3/4 percent ~  guaranteed.   : )     Keep on rocken!    T
    • gimruis
      I used to fish Lake Shakopee regularly.  I did awesome catching largemouth bass there with good average size, and never had any competition.  A couple years ago, they did some construction upstream by the start of the river at the base of Vineland Bay for road construction and they had to drop water levels to do it.  The flow rate never came back to normal.  Then they took out Buckmore Dam in the state park at the base of Lake Ogechie which also altered the flow through that area.  I tried it once each the past two years and only caught 1 bass each time, in addition to about 40 pike.  Every single pike was the same size, about 20-22 inches.  Just snake after snake.  Slime city.  I think the alteration of the river flow through that area has permanently ruined the bass fishing there.
    • crappie king 42
      Just goes to show that if you put the time in to eplore new places just to see if there is anything in said body of water..... it can have very good payouts. The body of water that we got the eyes out of i have never fished before. Grew up next to it basically its only 10 min from the house. When they started hitting all fish were caught one after another i have never had walleyes through the ice bite like they did. A new experiance and i was able to share it with friends. Hope everyone is being safe out there. 
    • gimruis
      There's no reason to go on the frozen lake when you are catching fish like that in the open water of a river.
    • crappie king 42
      No this is not red lake. This was a local spot in the cambridge princeton milaca area.  Nice solid 14-17 inch walleyes nice and healthy and they tasted delicious 
    • crappie king 42
      8Went out locally here thanksgiving mornin on three inches of solid ice hot into the eyes really well. A week later whole place was open water again so we went out in the kayaks got 14 eyes than went out again now that ice is back went to same lake and had a rough weekend we only managed to get three all weekend. Went out on all local lakes they are all sketchy at best. Few more days to solidify that bad ice and should be good to go. Went to shakopee in onamia and there was a solid 10 inches out there.