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Fishing in Rochester

The Rochester area offers many options to anglers. The area's plentiful trout streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer opportunities to catch trout, bass, crappies, bluegill, perch, catfish, and pike. Stop by a local sporting goods store to purchase a fishing license before heading out to one of Rochester's fishing locationsGuide services are also available. Download our quick reference guide.

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Quarry Hill Nature Center Pond Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester
Crappie, perch, bass, and pike are available to catch in Quarry Hill's pond that is handi-cap accessible and features fishing piers, picnic shelters, restrooms, hiking trails, and access to the education facility.

Silver Lake 700 West Silver Lake Drive NE, Rochester
Silver Lake is a 34-acre impoundment of the South Fork Zumbro River. The impoundment is created by a dam, owned and operated by Rochester Public Utilities (RPU). Much of the shoreline of Silver Lake is within a publicly owned park and offers easily accessible angling opportunity in an urban environment. Bluegill, black crappie and white sucker are common. 

Foster Arend Lake  400 NW East River Road, Rochester
Foster Arend Lake was a former gravel pit that has become an 18 acre lake witha public beach and a fishing pier that is managed by the Rochester Park Dept. The lakeis regularly stocked with adult trout in addition to various other species.

Kalmar Reservoir  Highway14 West of Rochester to County Road 104 to 19th Street NW (Co Rd 156)
Bluegill, crappie, and bass are prevalent in this shallow (8 ft maxdepth) flood control reservoir.

Willow Creek Reservoir 1343 Lone Pine Drive SW, Rochester
Willow Creek Reservoir provides a fishery for bluegill, black crappie, and largemouth bass. 

Bear Creek Reservoir  8378 Highway 14 East, Eyota, MN (10 minutes east of Rochester)
Bluegill, bass, pike, trout, crappie, and perch available by multiple fishing piers or boat access inside Chester Woods Park.

Gamehaven Lake 2016 45 Street SE, Rochester
Access is allowed by the City of Rochester through the Gamehaven Boy Scout Camplocated off Olmsted County Road 1, on the east side of the pond.  A fishery for bluegill, black crappie and anoccasional largemouth bass.  The lake is located almost a mile long walkfrom the parking area. 

Silver Creek Reservoir  55th Avenue NE (County Hwy 11), Rochester
Just east of Sekapp's Orchard and Rochester Community and Technical College, this reservoir offers parking and a paved path to the banks of the reservoir. Crappie, perch, bass, and pike.