Magazine ranks Upper Mississippi as one of best bass fisheries

The Upper Mississippi River from just north of Brainerd to Anoka has ranked 38th in a list of America’s 100 best bass fisheries by “Bassmaster” magazine.

Here’s what the magazine had to say: “Not many people can say they fished where the mighty Mississippi starts. But here, the smallmouth fishing is as unique as the situation — good numbers of smallmouth, with 5-pounders available. By the way, if it was possible for a Hula Popper to float the entire length of this river, it would take almost two months to get to the Louisiana Delta.”

This is the third year the magazine has issued the ranking. The Upper Misssissippi River ranked No. 17 last year and was not ranked in 2012.

Other Minnesota waters that ranked in the top 100 in 2014 are: Rainy Lake (No. 29), Leech Lake (No. 58), Lake Minnetonka (No. 64), Mille Lacs Lake (No. 69) and Green Lake (No. 76).