Minnesota fishing

Walleye in angler's hand

Got fish?

Minnesota's fishing season officiallly begins Saturday, May 12, when walleye and northern pike season open.


Spawning walleye schooled together

Fishing closures

Late ice-out dates mean seasonal closures become necessary in some places to protect fish concentrated in spawning areas.
Seasonal closures »


Dock resting on lakeshore in winter

Boat ramps may not be ready

Lingering ice on lakes throughout Minnesota may mean that some public accesses may not be open by the May 12 fishing opener.
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Angler holding a fish

Going fishing?

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