Walleye


The Hackensack area has several lakes that have walleye in them.  Many people that come to this area will head over to Leech Lake for a day or two on their fishing trip and the walleye fishing is very good on Leech Lake.  If you are staying in Hackensack, the biggest lake in this area is Ten Mile Lake and it is known as a good walleye fishing lake.  You can definitely fish many of the lakes in this area and catch walleye though.


Baby Lake (Cass County, MN)


Baby Lake is a 705 acre lake located near Hackensack, Minnesota that has 11.73 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 69 feet.  There is a state owned public access on the southeast shore.  Baby Lake is a good multi-species lake with muskie, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass all here in good enough numbers to target them.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Birch Lake (Cass County, MN)


Birch Lake is a 1284-acre lake located near Hackensack, MN. There is a city-owned public access on the east shore in the city of Hackensack. The lake has 15 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 45 feet.  Good fishing is available on Birch Lake for northern pike, walleye, crappie and largemouth bass.  This lake is known for producing some quality walleye.  Other fish include bluegill, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Child Lake (Cass County, MN)


Child Lake is a 316 acre lake with a maximum depth of 29 feet.  There is a user developed earthen access on state owned land on the south shore off Cass County Highway 5.  Child Lake is also accessible from Woman Lake through the Boy River.  The primary species of fish that anglers target on Child Lake are northern pike, bluegill, largemouth bass, and walleye.  Other fish include crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Little Webb Lake (Cass County, MN)


Little Webb Lake is a 168 acre lake located near Hackensack, Minnesota with 2.5 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 37 feet.  This lake is more of a northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish lake, although, there are some walleye in the lake too. Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Man Lake (Cass County, MN)


Man Lake is a 445 acre lake with a maximum depth of 93 feet.  There is no public access on the lake, however anglers using small fishing boats may be able to access the lake through the inlet channel from Baby Lake, which has a state-owned public access.  Man Lake is a good fishing lake for a variety of fish.  Good populations of muskie are available to go along with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye.  Northern pike, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are here in good numbers too.  Walleye have a history of having low to moderate numbers of walleye, but there are some quality walleye in this lake.  Other fish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


McKeown Lake (Cass County, MN)


McKeown Lake is a smaller lake that is connected to Man Lake via a small boat channel. Like the other lakes in this chain, there are a variety of fish to target.  Muskie, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch are available in this lake.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Pine Mountain Lake (Cass County, MN)


Pine Mountain Lake is a 1,567 acre lake located on the west side of Backus, MN.  There is a public access located in a city park on the east shore of the lake.  Pine Lake is a very good lake for walleye and northern pike.  There are some nice-sized northern pike here too.  For bass anglers, largemouth bass are available.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Pleasant Lake (Cass County, MN)


Pleasant Lake is 1,038 acre lake located near Hackensack, Minnesota that has 10.06 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 72 feet.  The lake is primarily managed for walleye and northern pike and secondarily for largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and tullibee (cisco).

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Portage Lake (Cass County, MN)


Portage Lake is 279-acre lake located near Hackensack, Minnesota that has 3.11 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 95 feet.  There is a US Forest Service owned earthen boat ramp on the south shore.  This lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass in the lake.  Walleye and northern pike are also available.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Stony Lake (Cass County, MN)


Stony Lake is a 595-acre lake located northeast of Hackensack, Minnesota.  This lake has over 7 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 50 feet.  There is a public access owned by the Minnesota DNR on the south shore of the lake.  The primary game fish in Stony Lake are walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass.  The last status of the fishery that was done by the DNR was in 2008 and back then, there were very good numbers of pike, walleye and bass.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Ten Mile Lake (Cass County, MN)


Ten Mile Lake is a 4669-acre lake located near Hackensack, MN that has 21.8 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 208 feet.  There is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public access on the southwest shore off of County Road 12.  Ten Mile Lake is known as a good lake for walleye.  The fishing is also good for northern pike, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.  Panfish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Three Island Lake (Cass County, MN)


Three Island Lake is a 173 acre lake with a maximum depth of 13 feet.  Northern pike, largemouth bass and bluegill are the dominant fish in this lake.  Other fish include crappie, perch and some walleye.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Webb Lake (Cass County, MN)


Webb Lake is a 754 acre lake located near Hackensack, MN that has 7.56 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 84 feet.  There is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public access on the south shore off of County Road 5.  Northern pike and largemouth bass are abundant in this lake.  Walleye are also present in the lake, but not as abundant.  Other fish include bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Woman Lake (Cass County, MN)


Woman Lake is a 5496 acre lake with a maximum depth of 54 feet.  It is one of the better lakes in this area with several species of fish to target.  This is a good lake for walleye and northern pike.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie, bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch are also available in the lake.

MN DNR Lake Information Report


Best Baits for Walleye


Walleye eat a variety of different baits, however, when push comes to shove, it is much easier to catch them with live baits.  Minnowsnightcrawlers and leeches are definitely the best live baits for walleye.

While most anglers will just use live baits, many anglers will also target walleye with lures as well.  Crankbaits and soft plastics are the best lures for walleye, however, you can catch walleye with a variety of different lures.

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Live Baits for Walleye

Lures for Walleye


Best Rigs for Walleye


When targeting walleye, there are many different rigs that you can use to catch them.  While most anglers will keep it super simple and just use a simple jighead, many anglers will use a variety of rigs such as spinner rigs3 way rigsbottom bouncers, drop shot rigs and many others.

To learn more, take a look at our best rigs for walleye page.


Best Techniques for Walleye


Jigging is by far the most popular technique for walleye fishing, however, you can catch them a variety of different ways.  Castingtrolling and drifting are some of the other awesome techniques that anglers use.

To learn more, take a look at our best techniques for walleye page.


Learn More About Walleye


Our walleye fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.

Visit our walleye fishing website to learn more.