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TOP 10 most wanted fish you cant angle in MN?


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Everyone dreams of great catches. Here's my top 10 list of uncatchables for MN:

1. European Zander

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2. Taimen Trout

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3. Striped Bass or Wiper (White bass/Striper crossbred)

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4. Arapaima

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5. Goliath Tiger Fish

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6. Blacknose Crappie

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7. Peacock Bass

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8. Florida strain Black Bass

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9. European Pike

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10. European Perch

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All of the following are to be caught on the fly: (The order of this MAY change depending on the moood)

1. Bull Shark

2. Dorado

3. Siberian Taimen

4. Golden Trout

5. Barracuda

6. Tarpon

7. Peacock Bass

8. Arctic Char

9. Cutthroat Trout

10. Bonefish

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1) Sharks (all variety and sizes, but greater hammerheads and tiger sharks in particular)

2) Peacock bass

3) Tarpon

4) Yellowfin tuna

5) Lingcod

6) Wels Catfish

7) Redfish

8) Snook

9) Alligator gar

10) Striped bass

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1) Peacock Bass

2) Snook

3) Redfish

4) Tarpon

5) Grouper

Can't really think of anything else I would want to go after.

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1 Alligator Gar

2 Goliath Tigerfish

3 Russian Sturgeon

4 Pirahna

5 Northern Snakehead (I doubt giants snakeheads would like icy lakes much)

6 Wolf fish

7 Giant Grouper (they might be in lake superior? confused)

8 Bull Shark

9 European Roach (thats why their pike get so big wink )

10 Conger Eel

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Marlin (any of 'em!)

Swordfish

Tuna

Wahoo

Tarpon

Bonefish

Halibut

Dolphin

Salifish

Shark

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peacock bass

white sturgeon

redfish

tarpon

alligator gar

zander

stripped bass

grayling

nipigon(sp?) brook trout

Flroida strain largmouth

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Marlin

Hammerheads

Dorado

Sailfish

swordfish

I love fishing these in Mexico and wish one did not have to travel so far to catch them.

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1) Poon

Tarpon wouldn't be on my Top 10 list of uncatchables for MN. It would be on my Top 3 most exciting fish to catch in the world!

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All of the following are to be caught on the fly: (The order of this MAY change depending on calendar day)

1. Tarpon

2. Barracuda

3. Zander

4. Golden Trout

5. Redfish

6. Alligator Gar

7. Cutthroat Trout

8. Marlin

9. Swordfish

10. King Salmon

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Mahi Mahi (I like fish that jump)

Wahoo (nothing compares to the initial run of a wahoo)

Blue Fin Tuna

Peacock Bass

Sockeye Salmon

Halibut (mainly because they taste so darn good)

Blue Marlin

Red Fish

Snook

Tarpon

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Any of the bill fish

Blue Fin

Shark

Peacock Bass

Grouper

King Salmon

Tarpon

Bonefish on the flats

Dorado

Wahoo

Snook

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Wabamskee, Jac714. ... Good lists, but we DO have king salmon in MN:) i have a 26.5 on my wall to prove it! The good ol days of the late 80's are long gone, but trolling out of Duluth and up the shore still produces some respectable kings. Of course, it isn't Lake MI. ... Sigh.

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Wabamskee, Jac714. ... Good lists, but we DO have king salmon in MN:) i have a 26.5 on my wall to prove it!

Interesting...thanks for the info Traveler. I looked around and you're right. This modifies future plans for sure, and my top 10 list.

#10 - Anything is big enough and angry enough to make most men cry

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In no particular order, all on a fly, off the top of my head.

Tarpon

Bonefish

Permit

50" pike

Peacock Bass

Wolf Fish

Barracuda

Grayling

Arctic Char

Tigerfish

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50 inch pike are available in MN.

Only cause I was called out...sorry OnAFly (I'm such a d word)

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Imagine a smallmouth bass this "BIG?"

Goliath Grouper! May have to add them to my list.

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I don't think 1) I could tie a fly big enough to imitate a baitfish that big.. or 2) even consider being able to cast it

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Ok, boo, I am an out of stater. but grew up there, fish there a whole lot (all seasons) and plan on moving to my Farm in North MN soon.

Fish to catch in MN:

1. Tuna--Blue or Yellowfin--for pure strength (I leave to fish bluefin in a week)

2. Wahoo, for as mentioned the initial run

3. Lingcod for food value

4. Dorado--as mentioned fun to catch and watch jump

5. Thresher shark--neat fish

6. Yellowtail--yo yod on a jig

Fish FROM MN I wish I could catch in this State with more regularity:

1. Northerns

2. Sunnies/Crappies

3. walleyes

4. SM Bass--my close friend runs an 88 ft charter out of San Diego. Has caught everything in the ocean there, but still loves to talk about his first smallmouth fishing trip in MN. He couldn't believe the fight of the fish!

People can have the trout--happy to trade for eyes or NPike any day. Ditto the marlin!

Most of all having a place where there is a choice of lots of lakes on any given day!

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yes mn could have trophy pike or at least in the bigger bodies of water, Lotw, red millacs could all grow em but there too much pressure. seen a few pike close to 50 inches but all from candian waters of lotw

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Wabamskee, Jac714. ... Good lists, but we DO have king salmon in MN:) i have a 26.5 on my wall to prove it! The good ol days of the late 80's are long gone, but trolling out of Duluth and up the shore still produces some respectable kings. Of course, it isn't Lake MI. ... Sigh.

I guess I was thinking of the Pacific King, I remember catching them in the 70's out of Puget sound.

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For some reason, MN "king salmon" are not real king salmon in my mind.. but still good! When I picture king salmon, I'm thinking 60lbers in the Kenai and 50lbers off of Kodiak.

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I'm with you both on that! Not really much comparison between great lakes kings and the Alasaka/pacific variety, but I'm still glad to have them here to play with in between big trips:)

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Give me a Sockeye on a 8/9 wt fly rod spooled up for flippin and that is all I need. I wouldn't have to catch any other fish.

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