Minnesota known as a “Land of 10,000 Lakes” actually as about 15,000. With that many lakes it is not surprising that a study concluded that 97 percent of all Minnesota kids go fishing.All these lakes make for a whale of a lot of fishing with more than 35 million pounds of fish plucked from these lakes per year. Bait shops are twenty four hour affairs and this industry creates more than 28,000 related jobs.
Gull Lake is near Brainerd and they have a fishing event that brings over 5,300 contestants. More than 9,000 holes are pre drilled and the contestants compete for prizes.
On most of these lakes that cover over 50 acres, can be found the state bird, the Loon, who has a plaintiff sound. If one closes his eyes one can imagine this wild natural land of Loons and lakes without mankind dotting every lake and every shore.
These lakes were the home of the Ojibwa Indians who were first discovered by white explorers in the 1600s. The Ojibway still live in these parts but now they have a new economy which is the multimillion dollar casinos that may be the new buffalo for these tribes.