Minnesota fisheries

Collecting fish from a trap net

At work for you

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.


Prepare for northern pike this season

a northern pike held by an angler on a frozen lakeKeeping pike? If you might want to keep northern pike, know about the state's zone regulations.


Check the sunfish regulations

a sunfishRemember to closely check the fishing regulations booklet and signs at water accesses for new sunfish limits that are in effect.


Check ice thickness for yourself

tracks on a snowy icy waterbodyWeather, currents, snow cover and springs can cause ice conditions to change rapidly and vary widely.


Married combo licenses 

information required for married combo licensesRead more about what you need to do to buy a married combination license.


Do you need a shelter license?

a DNR Conservation Officer checking an ice houseAs you prepare for ice fishing, make sure to read up on ice shelter licenses, and whether you need a license or not.


Lake Vermilion creel survey underway

a DNR Recreation Compass map of Lake Vermilion areaIce anglers fishing Lake Vermilion this winter may be asked to participate in a winter creel survey. 


Fishing questions answered

group of kids learning to ice fish in 2018 Anglers looking to get fishing questions answered can find answers at the DNR fishing page.


Get trout fishing information

a trout Trout anglers can find more information on the DNR website.