Taking fish on MN-SD border waters

What is this rule about?

This rulemaking will change the rules for fishing seasons on Minnesota's border waters with South Dakota.

What will this rulemaking will do?

Minnesota and South Dakota (MN-SD) are proposing to create a continuous fishing season for walleye, sauger, northern pike and bass on the MN-SD boundary waters by removing the traditionally closed fishing period from March through mid-April.

The MN-SD boundary waters are Big Stone, Traverse, Hendricks and Mud lakes; and the Bois de Sioux and Mustinka rivers.

Biologists from both states agree that removing the closed season will provide more springtime fishing opportunities without negatively impacting fish populations. In addition, a continuous fishing season on the MN-SD boundary waters would align with the existing continuous fishing seasons Minnesota has with North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The DNR is using an expedited rulemaking procedure to make these changes effective by March 1, 2019, in time for printing of the 2019 fishing regulation booklets and to coincide with South Dakota's regulation change.

Who might be affected by these rule changes?

  • Recreational anglers
  • Officials in bordering states

Where do I send my comments?

The comment period ended on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. This rule was published and became effective on Feb. 25, completing the rulemaking process.

Where can I get more information?

If you want a free copy of the proposed rules, call or email the DNR contact person listed below.

DNR contact person

Al Stevens
Fish and Wildlife Division
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020
[email protected]