Fishing seasons

Important note about the 2021 fishing opener

Fishing seasons open for walleye, bass, northern pike and lake trout on Saturday, May 15. This year’s date is the latest possible opener under Minnesota statute, which sets the fishing opener as the Saturday two weeks prior to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

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

Openers

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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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05/15/21 - 09/30/21Lake troutStatewide inland waters
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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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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04/17/21 - 09/30/21Stream trout Excludes southeastern Minnesota
05/15/21 - 10/31/21Stream trout in lakesStatewide

Southeast

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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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01/15/22 - 01/17/22Take a Kid Ice Fishing WeekendStatewide

Border waters

Canada

General

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

Rainy Lake

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

Rainy River

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05/15/21 - 02/27/22Walleye and sauger - Rainy RiverMinnesota waters that border Canada

Saganaga Lake

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

North Dakota

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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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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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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