Certified VHS-free Water Bodies

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) is a fish disease present in some Minnesota waters. It affects some fish species but not others. To prevent the spread of this disease, we have regulations for harvesting and transporting the species that carry VHS.

Species affected by VHS include cisco (all Coregonus, including lake herring and tullibee), smelt (all Osmerus, Spirincus, Hypomesus, and Allosmerus species), as well as certain other species. Currently the only Minnesota waters listed as having VHS are Lake Superior and its tributaries below the posted boundaries, and the St. Louis River downstream of the Fond du Lac dam.

The DNR tested the water bodies listed below for VHS. These lists will be updated as additional water bodies are tested and new information becomes available.


Water bodies certified VHS-free for all species of fish:

NameIDCountyCollection DateExpiration Date
Big Cormorant03057600Becker2020-05-202021-05-20
Big Stone06015200Big Stone2020-04-292021-04-29
Bowstring31081300Itasca2020-05-272021-05-27
Chisago13001200Chisago2020-04-292021-04-29
Cottonwood17002200Cottonwood2020-04-302021-04-30
Cross58011900Pine2020-05-122021-05-12
Lake of the Woods39000200Lake of the Woods2020-05-272021-05-27
Leech11020300Cass2020-05-182021-05-18
Lura07007900Blue Earth2020-04-292021-04-29
Marion19002600Dakota2020-05-042021-05-04
Mayhew16033700Cook2020-06-082021-06-08
Mille Lacs48000200Mille Lacs2020-04-202021-04-20
Minnewawa01003300Aitkin2020-05-112021-05-11
North Long18037200Crow Wing2020-05-182021-05-18
North Turtle56037900Otter Tail2020-05-192021-05-19
Pokegama58014200Pine2020-05-112021-05-11
Rainy69069400St. Louis2020-06-232021-06-23
Red (Upper Red)04003501Beltrami2020-05-062021-05-06
Sarah51006300Murray2020-04-302021-04-30
Shetek51004600Murray2020-04-302021-04-30
Shields82016200Washington2020-05-122021-05-12
St. Croix River-Stlwtr-Prescott82000100Washington2020-05-142021-05-14
Tetonka40003100Le Sueur2020-05-052021-05-05
Third Crow Wing29007700Hubbard2020-05-182021-05-18
Vermilion69037800St. Louis2020-05-272021-05-27

Water bodies certified VHS-free for specific species of fish:

NameIDCountySpeciesCollection DateExpiration Date
Rainy RiverH-001Koochichingemerald shiner2020-09-152021-09-15
Rapid RiverH-001-011Lake of the Woodsemerald shiner2020-09-212021-09-21
Wabanica CreekH-001-001Lake of the Woodsemerald shiner2020-09-212021-09-21
Winter Road RiverH-001-003Lake of the Woodsemerald shiner2020-09-212021-09-21