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: May 31, 2019 @ 3:17 p.m.

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Baugh's CreekLower tributary to Lake Osakis (T.129 R.35 S.34)ToddApril 22-May 31
Bear Island RiverBoth sides of Highway 1 (T.62 R.12 S.23,26)St LouisApril 27-May 10
Beaver RiverPortion upstream of Bear Island Lake (T.62 R.13 S.35)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 22- 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 22- May 10
Coburn CreekState Highway 71 to Blackduck Lake (T.151 R.32 S.11,12,13)BeltramiApril 22- May 10
Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake)from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint LakeCookApril 1-May 24
Dittberner CreekLower tributary to Lake Miltona (T.130 R.38 S.14,15,23,24)DouglasApril 22-May 31
Everett CreekBetween Everett Lake and Twin Lakes (T.64 R.12 S.31; (T.64 R.13 S.36)St. LouisApril 27-May 10
Hams CreekFlowage between Lake Miltona to Lake Irene (T.130 R.37 S.23,26,27)DouglasApril 22-May 31
IdaMeathole (T.129,R.38 S. 2 & 11)DouglasApril 22-June 15
Jewett LakeSouthwest shore (T.134 R.43 S.23)Otter TailApril 10-June 30
Johnson LakeSouth end of lake, north bay, and small bay on west shore (T.57, R.26, S.2,12,13)ItascaApril 29-June 30
Junco CreekFrom the first log dam above County Road 57 downstream to Devil Track Lake, including Devil Track Lake within 300 yards of the mouth of the Junco River (T.62 R.1 S.21,28)CookMay 11-May 24
Lake MaudSouthwest BayBeckerMay 12-June 30
Le Homme DieuCrestwood Hills Lagoon (T. 28 R.37 S.4 & Perry Lang Bay (T.128 R.37 S.5)DouglasApril 22-June 15
Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids)On the Ontario side of Saganaga LakeCookApril 1 -May 31
MiltonaNortheast Bay (T.130 R.37 S.23)DouglasApril 22-June 15
Mississippi RiverBelow Ottertail Power Dam to County 12BeltramiApril 22- May 10
Moody’s CreekUpstream from County Road 432 approximately 0.5 mile (T.53 R.25 S.16,17,20-22)ItascaApril 20-May 31
Osakis OutletSauk River below the Lake Osakis outlet dam (T.128, R35 S. 16ToddApril 22-May 31
Pelican River500 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream from Dunton Locks Bridge between Muskrat Lake and Lake SallieBeckerApril 11-May 31
Pelican RiverBelow Bucks Mill Dam to Buck Lake and from Big Detroit Lake upstream to State Highway 34BeckerApril 11-May 31
Pomme de Terre RiverBelow Morris Dam (T.124 R.42 S.12,13)StevensApril 22-May 31
Saganaga FallsOn the Minnesota-Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga LakeCookApril 1-May 31
Sea Gull RiverSea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake approximately 1/3 north of the narrowsCookApril 1-May 24
Shagawa RiverBoth sides of both road crossings at Winton (T.63 R.11 S.19; (T.63 R.12 S.24)Lake, St. LouisApril 27-May 10
Shagawa RiverBoth sides of both road crossings at Winton (T.63 R.11 S.19; (T.63 R.12 S.24)St. Louis, LakeApril 27-May 10
Shotley BrookState Highway 72 to Upper Red LakeBeltramiApril 22- May 10
Tait RiverFrom the Forest Road 340 crossing, downstream to White Pine Lake, including White Pine Lake within 200 yards of the mouth of Tait River (T.61 R.3 S.17,19,20)CookMay 11-May 24
Tamarac RiverFrom Upper Red Lake upstream to Beltrami- Koochiching county lineBeltramiApril 22- May 10
Toad RiverToad River Inlet to Big Pine Lake upstream to Co. Rd. 13Otter TailApril 10-May 22
Turtle RiverBelow Three Island Dam to Turtle River LakeBeltramiApril 22- May 10
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Ida and Lake Charlie (T.129 R.38 S.25,26)DouglasApril 22-May 31
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Miltona and Lake Ida (T.130 R.37,38 S.31,36)DouglasApril 22-May 31
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Aaron to Lake Moses (T.130 R.39 S.16)DouglasApril 22-May 31