Minnesota fisheries

Collecting fish from a trap net

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Helping you discover, explore and enjoy quality fishing and the aquatic habitats that make it possible on Minnesota's 4,500 managed lakes and 16,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams.


A muskellunge swims away after being released during fish sampling.

Muskie season opens June 1

Anglers can begin fishing for muskellunge on Saturday, June 1, in Minnesota, a state known as a muskie fishing destination where inland water minimum size limit is 54 inches and committed muskie anglers might cast all season for a few encounters with trophy fish.

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A healthy fish swims away after being caught and properly released.

How to catch and release fish

Anglers can take several actions to boost the chances a fish survives after being released by setting the hook quickly; using jigs, circle hooks and active baits like crankbaits; handling the fish firmly but gently; and quickly returning a fish to the water.

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A school of bluegills take shelter in and around underwater plants.

Do you need an aquatic plant permit?

Aquatic plants support healthy lakes and strong fish, and each year the DNR reminds lakeshore property owners that a permit may be required to remove aquatic plants.

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A hydraulic jet mounted to a dock. These devices are illegal in Minnesota.

Hydraulic jets illegal for plants

Using hydraulic jets to get rid of “muck” or to uproot aquatic plants in public waters is illegal.

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