Experimental and special regulations

Regulations tailored to individual waters are an increasingly important management tool. In the Hinckley area, experimental regulations have been shown to increase the proportion of big largemouth bass on Chisago and South Lindstrom lakes, and to increase the proportion of larger northern pike on Sturgeon Lake. Other regulations may be used to allow more fish to grow to larger sizes, to balance predator/prey populations, or to distribute harvest among more anglers.

The following is a list of lakes in the Hinckley area with experimental or special regulations. All other statewide rules, including the restrictions of 1 walleye over 20" and 1 northern pike over 30" taken daily, apply to these waters. 

Please check the main fishing regulations page for complete statewide fishing regulations.

Lake nameCountyFish speciesRegulation
ChisagoChisagoLargemouth bassAll 12" and larger must be immediately released
South LindstromChisagoLargemouth bassAll 12" and larger must be immediately released
Goose (including Mandall and Rabour)ChisagoCrappiePossession limit 5
Goose (including Mandall and Rabour)ChisagoWalleyeMinimum size limit 17"
GreenChisagoWalleyeMinimum size limit 17"
North CenterChisagoNorthern pikeAll from 24-36" must be immediately released
South CenterChisagoNorthern PikeAll from 24-36" must be immediately released
East and West RushChisagoNorthern pikeAll from 26-40" must be immediately released (NEW)
KnifeKanabecNorthern pikeAll from 24-36" must be immediately released
KnifeKanabecWalleyeAll from 18-24" must be immediately released
SturgeonPineNorthern pikeAll from 24-36" must be immediately released