Fishing seasonal closures

The following waters in the portions designated are closed to the taking of all fish during the periods specified to protect fish spawning areas. Look for signs at access sites and in the areas as noted. All dates are inclusive.

Additional closures or openings may be posted here up to 48 hours prior to the law taking effect.

Current closures

NameLocationCountyDates
Basswood lakePortion of Pipestone Bay south of a direct line from Kosulainen Point to Gary Island to Caribou PointLake5/12-5/18
Baugh’s CreekTributary to Lake Osakis, 210th Street to Lake OsakisTodd4/28-6/30
Bear Island RiverBoth sides of Highway 1St. Louis4/28-5/11
Beaver RiverUpstream of Bear Island LakeSt. Louis4/28-5/11
Birch RiverBoth sides of County Road 21St. Louis4/28-5/11
Blackduck RiverCounty Rd 32 north to Red Lake Reservation boundaryBeltrami4/28-5/11
Burntside RiverBoth sides of County Road 88 at bridgeSt. Louis4/28-5/11
Clearwater RiverBelow Clearwater Lake Dam for 900 feetClearwater4/28-5/11
Coburn CreekState Highway 71 to Blackduck LakeBeltrami4/28-5/11
Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake)Gunflint Trail to Gunflint LakeCook4/1-5/25
Dead RiverDownstream from Hwy 14 bridge to mouth of Walker Lake.Otter Tail5/7-UFN
Dittberner CreekTributary to Lake Miltona, Co. Rd 14 to Lake MiltonaDouglas4/28-6/30
Everett CreekBetween Everett and Twin LakesSt. Louis4/28-5/11
Fall LakeBelow Hydropower facilityLake4/28-5/11
First River FlowageFrom William’s Narrows upstream to Egg Lake, including Little Cut Foot Sioux Lake.Itasca5/12-5/18
Hams CreekFlowage between Lake Miltona and Lake IreneDouglas4/28-6/30
Johnson LakePanfish spawning areas on the south end of the lake, northern bay, and small bay on west shore.Itasca5/3-6/30
Junco CreekFirst log dam above County Road 57 downstream to Devil Track Lake, and including a portion of Devil Track Lake near the river mouth.Cook5/12-5/25
Lake BurgenNorthwest shoreDouglas5/5-6/30
Lake IdaNorthwest side (“meathole”)Douglas5/5-6/30
Lake MiltonaNorthwest bayDouglas5/5-6/30
Le Homme Dieu LakePerry Lang Bay Crestwood Hills LagoonDouglas5/5-6/30
Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids)The Ontario side of Saganaga Lake.Cook4/1-5/31
Maud LakeSouthwest BayBecker5/12-6/30
Mississippi RiverBelow Ottertail Power Dam to Wolf LakeBeltrami4/28-5/18
Moody's CreekWalleye spawning area from county road 432 upstream 1/2 mile.Itasca5/3-5/30
Pelican River500 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream from Dunton Locks Bridge between Muskrat Lake and Lake SallieBecker4/21-5/31
Pelican RiverBelow Bucks Mill Dam to Buck Lake and from Big Detroit Lake upstream to State Highway 34Becker4/21-5/31
Round Lake(Near Lawrence Lake), panfish spawning areas in two bays on south side of the lake.Itasca5/3-5/30
Saganaga FallsOn the Minnesota-Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga Lake.Cook4/1-5/31
Shagawa RiverBoth sides of both road crossings at WintonSt. Louis4/28-5/11
Shagawa RiverBoth sides of both road crossings at WintonLake4/28-5/11
Shotley BrookState Highway 72 to Upper Red LakeBeltrami4/28-5/11
Tait RiverWhite Pine Lake to Forest Road 340 crossing including a portion of White Pine Lake.Cook4/25-5/12
Tamarac RiverUpper Red Lake upstream to Beltrami-Koochiching county lineBeltrami4/28-5/11
Toad RiverInlet to Big Pine Lake upstream to Co. Rd. 13. Legal description: T. 137, R. 38, S. 32Otter Tail4/24-5/25
Turtle RiverBelow Three Island Dam to Turtle River LakeBeltrami4/28-5/11
Unnamed channelBetween Little Gunflint and Little North Lakes on the Minnesota-Ontario border.Cook4/1-5/31
Unnamed creekLake Ida Outlet Dam to Lake CharleyDouglas4/28-6/30
Unnamed creekFlowage between outlet of Lake Aaron to Lake MosesDouglas4/28-6/30
UFN = Until Further Notice. End date to be determined based on the status of walleye spawning.

Why closures are necessary

Seasonal closures help protect fish when they are concentrated in areas during their spawning season. The number of spawning area closures is highest on years when winter persists longer than normal.