Liberalized fishing opportunities

Unlimited Fishing SignLakes are opened to liberalized fishing when a fish population is endangered due to the lack of oxygen available in the water. These lakes are opened so that the public can take fish before they die. Lakes opened to liberalized fishing have signs posted at the public access or along the shore, and announcements will be made in the local newspaper and through the DNR Section of Fisheries central office in St. Paul.

Fish taken from lakes opened to liberalized fishing usually are lethargic and located near the bottom of the ice or near springs. Anglers should use caution and check ice conditions before beginning to fish on opened lakes. These lakes may be restocked with fish next spring after ice-out.

Rules for taking fish from lakes opened to liberalized fishing:

Area Office ID No. Lake County Legal Description Information Opens Closes
Hutchinson47002300ArvillaMeekerT.119 R.29 S.3 Click for lake location and information2/122/23
Hutchinson47001600Big WolfMeekerT.118 R.29 S.Click for lake location and information2/122/23
West Metro70005200CynthiaScottT. 113, 114 R22 S.4,5,32,33Click for lake location and information2/142/23
Waterville40001000DoraLe SueurT. 110 R. 23 S. 3, 4, 9, 10Click for lake location and information2/112/23
West Metro27006900DuckHennepinT. 116 R22 S.5Click for lake location and information2/142/23
Glenwood21018900GilbertDouglasT.128 R. 39 Sec. 15,21, 22Click for lake location and information2/112/23
Hutchinson72005000High IslandSibleyT.114 R.28 S.8,16,1720,21,27,28Click for lake location and information2/122/23
Hutchinson47010600HoffMeekerT.117 R.31 S.1Click for lake location and information2/122/23
Hutchinson47017700LongMeekerT.119 R.32 S.14,15,22,23,25,26 Click for lake location and information2/122/23
Hutchinson43008500Otter/CampbellMcLeodT.116,117 R.29,39 S.26,35,1,2,11Click for lake location and information2/122/23
Montrose86003100PelicanWrightClick for lake location and information2/283/9