Fishing regulations

Special Notice

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will close at 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, because walleye harvest by anglers has exceeded the state's allotment for 2015 by more than 2,000 pounds. The closure will continue through Monday, Nov. 30.

Other fish species including smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskellunge remain abundant in the lake. Fishing for these species will remain open with loosened regulations for bass and northern pike that allow anglers to keep more of what they catch.

Learn more about Mille Lacs Lake, the season closure and what DNR is doing to rebuild the walleye population.

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2015 Fishing Regulations pdf (4 MB | 92 pg)
Effective March 1, 2015

The online version of the 2015 Fishing Regulations contains the latest corrections to the printed version. Updates are highlighted with a green arrow and, when necessary, updated text is underlined. Deleted language that is no longer applicable appears in a strike-through typeface.

Ice fishing shelter removal dates

Liberalized lakes

Whitefish - Cisco sport gillnetting

Mille Lacs regulations

Upper Red Lake regulations

Seasonal Closures

Alabama/Umbrella/Yumbrella rig

Sport Fish Restoration Funds LogoLicense information

Permit information

This information is available in an alternative format upon request. E-mail the DNR Information Center at or call at (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR.

This fishing regulations document contains a synopsis of the state fishing laws and regulations. For complete fishing laws and regulations, consult Minnesota Statutes and Rules of the DNR.