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.

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.

Current closures

Last update: Thursday, April 25, 2024 @ 10:00 am CDT UFN=Until Further Notice

Slide text left for complete information

Bear Island RiverBoth sides of Highway (1 T.62, R.12, S.23,26)St. LouisApril 27-May 10
Birch RiverBoth sides of County Road 21 (T.61, R.13, S.26,27)St. LouisApril 27-May 10
Blackduck RiverCounty Rd 32 north to Red Lake Reservation boundaryBeltramiApril 25-May 10
Burntside RiverBoth sides of County Road 88 at bridge (T.63, R.13, S.26)St. LouisApril 27-May 10
Clearwater RiverBelow Clearwater Lake Dam for 900 feetClearwaterApril 25-May 10
Coburn CreekState Highway 71 to Blackduck Lake T.151, R.32, S.11,12,13BeltramiApril 25-May 10
Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake)Trom the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint Lake including 300 yards from the mouth of the Cross River into Gunflint LakeCookApril 1-May 24
Dead RiverDownstream of County Highway 14 to Walker Lake (T.134, R.40, S.2,3)Otter TailApril 1-May 20
Devil Track RiverS.11,12, T.61, R.1E, From 1.1 to 1.6 miles above the mouthCookSeptember 1-May 31
Dittberner CreekTributary to Lake Miltona (T.130 R.38 S.14,15,23,24)DouglasApril 15-May 31
Fall LakeBelow hydropower facility (T. 63, R. 11, S. 17, 20)LakeApril 27-May 10
Gauthier CreekS.27, T.62, R.3ECookSeptember 1-May 31
Granite RiverAt Saganaga Lake (S.4, T.66, R.4), from Saganaga Falls downstream to Saganaga Lake, including Saganaga Lake within 300 yards of the mouth of the Granite River.CookApril 1-May 31
Gull RiverFrom the United States Army Corps of Engineers dam (Government Lot 1, S.20, T.134N, R.29W) downstream 250 feet.CassMay 11-May 24
Jewett LakeSouthwest shore (T.134, R.43, S.23)Otter TailApril 1-June 30
Kadunce CreekS.2, T.61, R.2E, From 0.2 to 0.4 miles above the mouthCookSeptember 1-May 31
Lake MaudSouthwest BayBeckerMay 1-June 10
Little Gunflint-Little North channelThe channel between Little Gunflint and Little North Lakes, including Little Gunflint Lake within 300 yards of the channel mouth, and Little North Lake within 100 yards of the channel head (T.65 R.2 S.16).CookApril 1-May 31
Mississippi RiverBelow Ottertail Power Dam to County 12BeltramiApril 25-May 10
Mississippi River (Pool 4)300 ft below Lock and Dam 3 (MN Waters, but WI also has same closure distance and period)GoodhueMarch 1-April 30
Mississippi River (Pool 5)300 ft below Lock and Dam 4 (MN Waters, but WI also has same closure distance and period)WabashaMarch 1-April 30
Moody's CreekUpstream From CR 432 1/2 MileItascaApril 1-June 30
Pelican River500 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream from Dunton Locks Bridge between Muskrat Lake and Lake SallieBeckerApril 1-April 30
Pelican RiverBelow Bucks Mill Dam to Buck Lake and from Big Detroit Lake upstream to State Highway 34BeckerApril 1-April 30
Sea Gull RiverFrom Sea Gull Lake including Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake approximately 1/3 mile north of the narrows (S.19,30,31, T.66, R.4, and S.25,36, T.66, R.5)CookApril 1-May 24
Shagawa RiverBoth sides of both road crossings at Winton (T.63, R.11, S.19; T.63, R.12, S.24)St. Louis and LakeApril 27-May 10
Shotley BrookState Highway 72 to Upper Red LakeBeltramiApril 25-May 10
Tamarac RiverFrom Upper Red Lake upstream to Beltrami- Koochiching county lineBeltramiApril 25-May 10
Toad RiverToad River Inlet to Big Pine Lake upstream to Co. Rd. 13Otter TailApril 1-May 20
Turtle RiverBelow Three Island Dam to Turtle River LakeBeltramiApril 25-May 10
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Ida and Lake Charlie (T.129 R.38 S.25,26,36)DouglasApril 15-May 31
Unnamed StreamBetween Big Sand Lake and Emma Lake (T.141, R.34, S.23)HubbardApril 26-UFN

Back to top