Fishing Upper Cullen

Fishing Licenses by Telephone: 1-888-665-4236

Have a Driver License and Credit Card ready when you call.

Licenses can also be obtained locally in Nisswa when you arrive.

The best summer fishing on most area lakes is during May and part of June with another active period being September and October especially if the water is cold.


Surface Acres: 435
Shoreline: 4.34 miles
Depth (Max): 40 feet

Ways to Improve our Lakes

Keep Eurasian Milfoil Out of Our Lakes!  ALWAYS check your Boat, Motor and Trailer for hitchiking weeds of ANY KIND!  It is illegal in Minnesota to transport ANY WEED into any lake, out of any lake, or on any roadway.  Also check your boat’s wells for weed debris.

Galles’ Upper Cullen Resort Supports Catch and Release

Practice and Promote “Catch and Release!”  The best way to improve fishing on our lakes is to release the  LARGEST  fish, after taking a picture of course!   This easy method of smart fish management will improve fishing more effectively than the expensive way-stocking the lake with fingerlings. “A game fish is much too valuable to be caught only once”.(MN DNR).

DNR Tips for Releasing Fish:

  • Use barbless hooks.
  • Play the fish quickly.
  • Handle the fish carefully.
  • Never hold any fish by the eyes.
  • Use a needlenose pliers to remove hooks.
  • Cut the line if the fish is hooked in the throat.
  • Easy does it!  Don’t throw that fish back into the lake.
  • Use Lures rather than bait, fish survive much better when caught that way.
  • Clip one of three treble hooks to make removal easier.
  • Use a heavier line to bring the fish in faster.
  • Revive a tired fish by gently moving it back and forth in the water before release.


  • Don’t net or handle a fish IF you can leave it in the water.
  • Don’t drop your fish into the boat.  Fish bruise easier than apples!
  • Don’t release a fish that CAN’T right itself or one that “bobs” to the surface.
  • Don’t release a fish that is bleeding from the gills or throat.  *(Any “Non-legal” size fish MUST be released regardless of it’s condition).
  • Don’t “Stringer Sort”.  (We all know what this means).
  • Don’t place a fish you plan on releasing on a stringer or in a livewell.  (Catch, Decide, Act).

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Use Your Boat Safely and Courteously!  Treat your lake neighbors to the same level of consideration you would expect in return from them.  Buy a boat that muffles the sound of the engine.  Keep boat speed to a minimum near shore areas, keep a safe distance from other water craft and floating objects, water ski safely.  Speed limits are IN EFFECT in the channel areas-please observe the no-wake limit.