A commercial frog license is required to sell any MN DNR regulated frogs for purposes other than bait. A permit issued by the MN DNR is required to import any live frogs. Licenses or permits are not required for frogs or toads that are not listed.
Frogs the DNR regulates
|Common Name||Scientific Name|
|northern cricket frog||Acris crepitans|
|Cope's gray tree frog||Hyla chrysoscelis|
|gray tree frog||Hyla versicolor|
|spring peeper||Pseudacris crucifer|
|Western chorus/Boreal chorus frog||Pseudacris triseriata|
|green frog||Rana clamitans|
|pickerel frog||Rana palustris|
|northern leopard frog||Rana pipiens|
|mink frog||Rana septentrionalis|
|wood frog||Rana sylvatica|
|American toad||Bufo americanus|
|great plains toad||Bufo cognatus|
|Canadian toad||Bufo hemiophrys|
|plains leopard frog||Rana blain|
|southern leopard frog||Rana utricularia|
|pig frog||Rana grylio|
|river frog||Rana becksheri|
The open season for frogs is May 16 to March 31.
Angling License Required
A person may not take or possess frogs without an angling license if the person is required to have an angling license to fish. A person may possess frogs up to six inches long, without limit if the frogs are possessed, bought, sold, or transported for bait.
Frogs used for purposes other than bait
A permit is required to purchase, possess, transport, sell or take frogs for purposes other than bait. Frogs must be longer than six inches when taken or possessed for purposes other than bait. All licensees are required to keep records on forms provided by the MN DNR. There is no limit on the number of frogs that can be possessed up to six inches long for bait or over six inches long with a permit.
- $220/yr: License to purchase, possess, and transport frogs
- $35: License to take, possess, transport, and sell frogs
- Variable: Angling License
Request an Application
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Questions? Contact us!
Sean Sisler, fisheries program consultant