Fishing seasons & events

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05/25/19 - 03/01/21Largemouth and smallmouth bass (click here for season dates) - Wisconsin-Minnesota border watersMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
02/24/20 - 02/28/21Bowfishing (click here for season dates)Statewide and an early season area
03/01/20 - 03/01/21Sturgeon - Wisconsin border waters (click here for season dates)Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin
04/25/20 - 02/28/21Spearing, harpooning and dip net seasons (click here for season dates)Statewide
05/02/20 - 03/01/21Walleye and sauger - St. Croix RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/02/20 - 03/01/21Northern pike - St. Croix RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/09/20 - 02/28/21Walleye, sauger and northern pikeStatewide inland waters
05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and saugerMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger - Lake of the WoodsMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/09/20 - 02/28/21Walleye and sauger - Four Mile BayLake of the Woods
05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger - Namakan, Sand Point and Little VermilionMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger - Rainy LakeMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/09/20 - 02/28/21Walleye and sauger - Rainy RiverMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger - Saganaga LakeMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/09/20 - 03/01/21Walleye and sauger - St. Louis RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/09/20 - 03/01/21Northern pike - St. Louis RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/23/20 - 02/28/21Largemouth bassStatewide excluding northeastern Minnesota
06/16/20 - 04/14/21Lake sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeonStatewide inland waters
06/16/20 - 04/14/21Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - South Dakota border watersMinnesota waters that border South Dakota
06/16/20 - 04/14/21Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - North Dakota border watersMinnesota waters that border North Dakota
09/14/20 - 02/28/21Smallmouth bass catch-and-releaseStatewide excluding northeastern Minnesota
09/16/20 - 04/16/21Stream trout catch-and-releaseSpecific southeastern state parks and cities
10/01/20 - 04/23/22Lake sturgeon (click here for season dates) - Canada border watersMinnesota waters that border Canada
11/15/20 - 02/28/21Dark house spearingStatewide
12/01/20 - 10/03/21Lake troutLake Superior and tributaries
01/01/21 - 03/31/21Stream trout in lakes Waters entirely within the BWCA
01/01/21 - 04/16/21Stream trout catch-and-releaseSoutheastern Minnesota
01/01/21 - 03/31/21Lake troutBWCA lakes entirely within Minnnesota
01/16/21 - 03/31/21Stream trout in lakesOutside or partly outside the BWCA
01/16/21 - 03/31/21Lake troutStatewide inland waters
03/01/21 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger catch-and-release - Four Mile BayLake of the Woods
03/01/21 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger catch-and-release - Rainy RiverMinnesota waters that border Canada
03/01/21 - 04/14/22Sturgeon - Wisconsin border waters (click here for season dates)Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin
04/01/21 - 11/30/21Flathead catfish - South Dakota border watersMinnesota waters that border South Dakota
04/17/21 - 09/30/21Stream trout Excludes southeastern Minnesota
04/17/21 - 09/14/21Stream troutSoutheastern Minnesota
04/17/21 - 09/14/21Stream troutSpecific southeastern state parks and cities
04/17/21Stream trout openerStatewide inland streams
04/17/21 - 09/07/21Brook trout and splakeLake Superior and tributaries
04/17/21 - 09/30/21Brook and brown troutLake Superior and tributaries above posted boundaries
04/17/21 - 09/30/21Rainbow trout catch-and-releaseLake Superior and tributaries above posted boundaries