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: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 10:45 am CDT

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Baugh's CreekLower tributary to Lake Osakis T.129, R.35, S.34ToddApril 15-May 31
Bear Island RiverBoth sides of Highway 1 (T.62 R.12 S.23,26)St LouisApril 25 - May 8
Beaver RiverPortion upstream of Bear Island Lake (T.62 R.13 S.35)St. LouisApril 25 - May 8
Birch RiverBoth sides of County Road 21 (T.61 R.13 S.26,27)St. LouisApril 25 - May 8
Blackduck RiverCounty Rd 32 north to Red Lake Reservation boundaryBeltramiApril 18-May 8
Burntside RiverBoth sides of County Road 88 at bridge (T.63 R.13 S.26)St. LouisApril 25 - May 8
Clearwater RiverBelow Clearwater Lake Dam for 900 feetClearwaterApril 18-May 8
Coburn CreekState Highway 71 to Blackduck Lake T.151, R.32, S.11,12,13BeltramiApril 18-May 8
Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake)from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint LakeCookApril 1-May 22
Dittberner CreekLower tributary to Lake Miltona T.130, R.38, S.14,15,23,24DouglasApril 15– May 31
Everett CreekBetween Everett Lake and Twin Lakes (T.64 R.12 S.31; (T.64 R.13 S.36)St. LouisApril 25 - May 8
Fall LakeBoth sides of both road crossings at Winton (T.63 R.11 S.17, 20)LakeApril 25 - May 8
Gull RiverFrom the United States Army Corps of Engineers dam (Government Lot 1, S.20, T.134N, R.29W) downstream 250 feet.CassMay 9-May 22
Hams CreekFlowage between Lake Miltona to Lake Irene T.130, R.37, S.23,26,27DouglasApril 15-May 31
IdaMeathole T.129,R.38, S. 2 & 11DouglasApril 17-June 15
Jewett LakeSouthwest shoreOtter TailApril 10-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 9-May 22
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.5DouglasApril 17-June 15
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
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.23DouglasApril 17-June 15
Mississippi RiverBelow Ottertail Power Dam to County 12BeltramiApril 18-May 8
Moody’s CreekUpstream from County Road 432 approximately 0.5 mile (T.53, R.25, S.16,17,20-22)ItascaApril 10 -May 31
Pelican River500 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream from Dunton Locks Bridge between Muskrat Lake and Lake SallieBeckerApril 15-May 31
Pelican RiverBelow Bucks Mill Dam to Buck Lake and from Big Detroit Lake Upstream to State Highway 34BeckerApril 15-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 22
Shagawa RiverBoth sides of both road crossings at Winton (T.63 R.11 S.19; (T.63 R.12 S.24)Lake, St. LouisApril 25 - May 8
Shotley BrookState Highway 72 to Upper Red LakeBeltramiApril 18-May 8
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 9-May 22
Tamarac RiverFrom Upper Red Lake upstream to Beltrami- Koochiching county lineBeltramiApril 18-May 8
Toad RiverToad River inlet to Big Pine Lake upstream to Co 13Otter TailApril 10 - May 22
Turtle RiverBelow Three Island Dam to Turtle River LakeBeltramiApril 18-May 8
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Ida and Lake Charlie T.129, R.38, S.25,26DouglasApril 15-May 31
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Miltona and Lake Ida T.130, R.37,38, S.31,36DouglasApril 15-May 31
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Aaron to Lake Moses T.130, R.39, S.16DouglasApril 15-May 31