Fishing seasons

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

Openers

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04/17/21Stream trout openerStatewide inland streams
05/15/21Walleye, sauger and northern pike openerStatewide inland waters
06/05/21Muskellunge openerStatewide inland waters
04/16/22Stream trout openerStatewide inland streams
05/14/22Walleye, sauger and northern pike openerStatewide inland waters
06/04/22Muskellunge openerStatewide inland waters

Inland (Minnesota) waters

General

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05/09/20 - 02/28/21Walleye, sauger and northern pikeStatewide inland waters
05/23/20 - 02/28/21Largemouth bassStatewide excluding northeastern Minnesota
06/16/20 - 04/14/21Lake sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeonStatewide inland waters
09/14/20 - 02/28/21Smallmouth bass catch-and-releaseStatewide excluding northeastern Minnesota
01/16/21 - 03/31/21Lake troutStatewide inland waters
05/15/21 - 09/30/21Lake troutStatewide inland waters
05/15/21 - 05/28/21Smallmouth and largemouth bass catch-and-releaseStatewide excluding northeastern Minnesota
05/15/21 - 02/27/22Walleye, sauger and northern pikeStatewide inland waters
05/29/21 - 02/27/22Largemouth bassStatewide excluding northeastern Minnesota
05/29/21 - 09/12/21Smallmouth bassStatewide excluding northeastern Minnesota
06/05/21 - 12/01/21MuskellungeStatewide inland waters
06/16/21 - 04/14/22Lake sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeonStatewide inland waters

Northeast

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05/15/21 - 02/27/22Smallmouth and largemouth bass - northeastern MinnesotaNortheastern Minnesota

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

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01/01/21 - 03/31/21Lake troutBWCA lakes entirely within Minnnesota
01/01/21 - 03/31/21Stream trout in lakes Waters entirely within the BWCA

Lake Superior

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12/01/20 - 10/03/21Lake troutLake Superior and tributaries
04/17/21 - 09/30/21Brook and brown troutLake Superior and tributaries above posted boundaries
04/17/21 - 09/07/21Brook trout and splakeLake Superior and tributaries
04/17/21 - 09/30/21Rainbow trout catch-and-releaseLake Superior and tributaries above posted boundaries
05/15/21 - 03/01/22Walleye and northern pikeLake Superior and tributaries
12/01/21 - 10/02/22Lake troutLake Superior and tributaries

Stream trout

General

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01/16/21 - 03/31/21Stream trout in lakesOutside or partly outside the BWCA
04/17/21 - 09/30/21Stream trout Excludes southeastern Minnesota
05/15/21 - 10/31/21Stream trout in lakesStatewide

Southeast

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09/16/20 - 04/16/21Stream trout catch-and-releaseSpecific southeastern state parks and cities
01/01/21 - 04/16/21Stream trout catch-and-releaseSoutheastern Minnesota
04/17/21 - 09/14/21Stream troutSoutheastern Minnesota
04/17/21 - 09/14/21Stream troutSpecific southeastern state parks and cities
09/15/21 - 10/15/21Stream trout catch-and-releaseSoutheastern Minnesota
09/15/21 - 04/15/22Stream trout catch-and-releaseSpecific southeastern state parks and cities

Free fishing

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01/16/21 - 01/18/21Take a Kid Ice Fishing WeekendStatewide
05/15/21 - 05/16/21Take a Mom Fishing WeekendStatewide
06/11/21 - 06/13/21Take a Kid Fishing WeekendStatewide

Border waters

Canada

General

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05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and saugerMinnesota waters that border Canada
10/01/20 - 04/23/22Lake sturgeon (click here for season dates) - Canada border watersMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/01/21 - 09/30/21Stream troutMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/15/21 - 09/30/21Lake trout - Canada border waters Minnesota waters that border Canada
05/15/21 - 04/14/22Walleye and saugerMinnesota waters that border Canada
06/19/21 - 11/30/21Muskellunge - Canada border waters Minnesota waters that border Canada

Lake of the Woods

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05/09/20 - 02/28/21Walleye and sauger - Four Mile BayLake of the Woods
05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger - Lake of the WoodsMinnesota waters that border Canada
03/01/21 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger catch-and-release - Four Mile BayLake of the Woods
05/15/21 - 02/27/22Walleye and sauger - Four Mile BayLake of the Woods
05/15/21 - 04/14/22Walleye and sauger - Lake of the WoodsMinnesota waters that border Canada

Namakan, Sand Point, Little Vermillion lakes

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05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger - Namakan, Sand Point and Little VermilionMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/15/21 - 02/27/22Walleye and sauger - Namakan, Sand Point and Little VermilionMinnesota waters that border Canada

Rainy Lake

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05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger - Rainy LakeMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/15/21 - 04/14/22Walleye and sauger - Rainy LakeMinnesota waters that border Canada

Rainy River

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05/09/20 - 02/28/21Walleye and sauger - Rainy RiverMinnesota waters that border Canada
03/01/21 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger catch-and-release - Rainy RiverMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/15/21 - 02/27/22Walleye and sauger - Rainy RiverMinnesota waters that border Canada

Saganaga Lake

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05/09/20 - 04/14/21Walleye and sauger - Saganaga LakeMinnesota waters that border Canada
05/15/21 - 04/14/22Walleye and sauger - Saganaga LakeMinnesota waters that border Canada

North Dakota

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06/16/20 - 04/14/21Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - North Dakota border watersMinnesota waters that border North Dakota
06/16/21 - 04/14/22Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - North Dakota border watersMinnesota waters that border North Dakota

South Dakota

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06/16/20 - 04/14/21Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - South Dakota border watersMinnesota waters that border South Dakota
04/01/21 - 11/30/21Flathead catfish - South Dakota border watersMinnesota waters that border South Dakota
06/16/21 - 04/14/22Lake sturgeon catch-and-release only - South Dakota border watersMinnesota waters that border South Dakota

Wisconsin

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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
03/01/20 - 03/01/21Sturgeon - Wisconsin border waters (click here for season dates)Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/02/20 - 03/01/21Northern pike - St. Croix RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/02/20 - 03/01/21Walleye and sauger - St. Croix RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/09/20 - 03/01/21Northern pike - St. Louis RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/09/20 - 03/01/21Walleye and sauger - St. Louis RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
03/01/21 - 04/14/22Sturgeon - Wisconsin border waters (click here for season dates)Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/01/21 - 03/01/22Northern pike - St. Croix RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/01/21 - 03/01/22Walleye and sauger - St. Croix RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/15/21 - 03/01/22Northern pike - St. Louis RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/15/21 - 03/01/22Walleye and sauger - St. Louis RiverMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/29/21 - 03/01/22Largemouth and smallmouth bass (click here for season dates) - Wisconsin-Minnesota border watersMinnesota waters that border Wisconsin
05/29/21 - 11/30/21Muskellunge - Wisconsin border waters Minnesota waters that border Wisconsin