Fishing seasons

For a complete list of fishing seasons please check the fishing regulations.

Openers

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04/18/20

Trout opener

Statewide inland waters

05/09/20

Walleye, sauger and northern pike opener

Statewide inland waters

06/06/20

Muskellunge opener

Statewide inland waters

Inland (Minnesota) waters

General

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05/11/19 - 02/23/20

Walleye, sauger and northern pike

Statewide inland waters

05/25/19 - 02/23/20

Largemouth bass

Statewide excluding northeastern Minnesota

09/09/19 - 02/23/20

Smallmouth bass catch-and-release

Statewide excluding northeastern Minnesota

01/18/20 - 03/31/20

Lake trout - winter

Statewide inland waters

03/01/20 - 04/14/20

Sturgeon - lake and shovelnose

Statewide inland waters

04/01/20 - 11/30/20

Flathead catfish

Statewide inland waters

05/09/20 - 09/30/20

Lake trout - summer

Statewide inland waters

05/09/20 - 05/22/20

Smallmouth and largemouth bass catch-and-release

Statewide excluding northeastern Minnesota

06/06/20 - 11/30/20

Muskellunge

Statewide inland waters

06/16/20 - 04/14/21

Lake sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon

Statewide inland waters

Northeast

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05/11/19 - 02/23/20

Smallmouth and largemouth bass - northeastern Minnesota

Northeastern Minnesota

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

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01/01/20 - 03/31/20

Lake trout - winter within BWCA

BWCA lakes entirely within Minnnesota

01/01/21 - 03/31/21

Stream trout in lakes

Waters entirely within the BWCA

Lake Superior

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12/01/19 - 10/03/21

Lake Superior and tributaries

 

Stream trout

General

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01/18/20 - 03/31/20

Stream trout in lakes

Outside or partly outside the BWCA

04/18/20 - 09/30/20

Stream trout

Excludes southeastern Minnesota

05/09/20 - 10/31/20

Stream trout in lakes

Statewide

Southeast

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09/15/19 - 04/16/20

Stream trout catch-and-release - portions of southeastern Minnesota

Specific locations only

01/01/20 - 04/17/20

Stream trout catch-and-release - portions of southeastern Minnesota

Specific locations only

04/18/20 - 09/15/20

Stream trout - portions of southeastern Minnesota

Specific locations only

04/18/20 - 09/14/20

Stream trout - southeastern Minnesota

 

09/15/20 - 10/15/20

Stream trout catch-and-release - portions of southeastern Minnesota

Specific counties in southeastern Minnesota

09/16/20 - 04/16/21

Stream trout catch-and-release - portions of southeastern Minnesota

Specific locations in southeastern Minnesota

Free fishing

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05/09/20 - 05/10/20

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend

Statewide

06/05/20 - 06/07/20

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend

Statewide

Border waters

Canada

General

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05/11/19 - 04/14/20

Walleye and sauger

Minnesota waters that border Canada

04/24/20 - 04/23/21

Lake sturgeon (seasons compiled) - Canada border waters

Minnesota waters that border Canada

05/04/20 - 09/30/20

Stream trout - Canada border waters

Minnesota waters that border Canada

05/09/20 - 04/14/21

Walleye and sauger - Canada border waters

Minnesota waters that border Canada

06/20/20 - 11/30/20

Muskellunge - Canada border waters

Minnesota waters that border Canada

Lake of the Woods

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03/01/20 - 04/14/20

Walleye and sauger - Lake of the Woods

Minnesota waters that border Canada

03/01/20 - 04/14/20

Walleye and sauger catch-and-release - Four Mile Bay

Lake of the Woods

05/09/20 - 02/28/21

Walleye and sauger - Four Mile Bay

Lake of the Woods

05/09/20 - 04/14/21

Walleye and sauger - Lake of the Woods

 

Namakan, Sand Point, Little Vermillion lakes

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05/11/19 - 04/14/20

Walleye and sauger - Namakan, Sand Point and Little Vermilion

Minnesota waters that border Canada

05/09/20 - 04/14/21

Walleye and sauger - Namakan, Sand Point and Little Vermilion

Minnesota waters that border Canada

Rainy Lake

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05/11/19 - 04/14/20

Walleye and sauger - Rainy Lake

Minnesota waters that border Canada

05/09/20 - 04/14/21

Walleye and sauger - Rainy Lake

Minnesota waters that border Canada

Rainy River

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03/01/20 - 04/14/20

Walleye and sauger - Rainy River

Minnesota waters that border Canada

05/09/20 - 02/28/21

Walleye and sauger - Rainy River

Minnesota waters that border Canada

Saganaga Lake

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05/09/20 - 04/14/21

Walleye and sauger - Saganaga Lake

Minnesota waters that border Canada

North Dakota

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03/01/20 - 04/14/21

Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - North Dakota border waters

Minnesota waters that border North Dakota

04/15/20 - 06/15/20

Lake sturgeon closed - North Dakota border waters

Minnesota waters that border North Dakota

06/16/20 - 04/14/21

Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - North Dakota border waters

Minnesota waters that border North Dakota

South Dakota

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03/01/20 - 04/14/20

Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - South Dakota border waters

Minnesota waters that border South Dakota

04/15/20 - 06/15/20

Lake sturgeon closed - South Dakota border waters

Minnesota waters that border South Dakota

06/16/20 - 04/14/21

Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - South Dakota border waters

Minnesota waters that border South Dakota

Wisconsin

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05/25/19 - 03/01/21

Largemouth and smallmouth bass (seasons compiled) - Wisconsin-Minnesota border waters

Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin

03/01/20 - 03/01/21

Sturgeon - Wisconsin border waters (seasons compiled)

Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin

04/01/20 - 11/30/20

Flathead catfish - Wisconsin border waters

Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin

05/02/20 - 03/01/21

Walleye and sauger - St. Croix River

Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin

05/09/20 - 03/01/21

Walleye and sauger - St. Louis River

Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin

05/23/20 - 11/30/20

Muskellunge - Wisconsin border waters

Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin