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: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 03:14 pm CDT

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NameLocationCountyDates
Baugh's CreekLower tributary to Lake Osakis (T.129 R.35 S.34)Todd April 10 - May 21
Bear Island RiverBoth sides of Highway 1 (T.62 R.12 S.23,26)St Louis April 24-May 14
Beaver RiverPortion upstream of Bear Island Lake (T.62 R.13 S.35)St. Louis April 24-May 14
Birch RiverBoth sides of County Road 21 (T.61 R.13 S.26,27)St. Louis April 24-May 14
Blackduck RiverCounty Rd 32 north to Red Lake Reservation boundaryBeltrami April 10 - May 14
Burntside RiverBoth sides of County Road 88 at bridge (T.63 R.13 S.26)St. Louis April 24-May 14
Clearwater RiverBelow Clearwater Lake Dam for 900 feetClearwater April 10 - May 14
Coburn CreekState Highway 71 to Blackduck Lake T.151, R.32, S.11,12,13Beltrami April 10 - May 14
Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake)from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint LakeCook April 1 - May 28
Dittberner CreekLower tributary to Lake Miltona (T.130 R.38 S.14,15,23,24)Douglas April 10 - May 21
Everett CreekBetween Everett Lake and Twin Lakes (T.64 R.12 S.31; (T.64 R.13 S.36)St. Louis April 24-May 14
Hams CreekFlowage between Lake Miltona to Lake Irene (T.130 R.37 S.23,26,27)Douglas April 10 - May 21
Jewett LakeSouthwest Shore (T.134, R.43, S.23)Otter Tail April 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)Cook No 2021 closure
Lake IdaMeathole (T.129,R.38 S. 2 & 11)Douglas April 15 - June 15
Lake Le Homme DieuCrestwood Hills Lagoon (T. 28 R.37 S.4 & Perry Lang Bay (T.128 R.37 S.5)Douglas April 15 - June 15
Lake MaudSouthwest BayBecker April 15 - June 15
Lake MiltonaNortheast Bay (T.130 R.37 S.23)Douglas April 15 - 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).Cook April 1 - May 31
Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids)On the Ontario side of Saganaga LakeCook April 1 - May 31
Mississippi RiverBelow Ottertail Power Dam to County 12Beltrami April 10 - May 14
Moody’s CreekUpstream from County Road 432 approximately 0.5 mile (T.53, R.25, S.16,17,20-22)Itasca April 10 -May 31
Pelican River500 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream from Dunton Locks Bridge between Muskrat Lake and Lake SallieBecker April 5-May 31
Pelican RiverBelow Bucks Mill Dam to Buck Lake and from Big Detroit Lake upstream to State Highway 34Becker April 5-May 31
Saganaga FallsOn the Minnesota?Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga LakeCook April 1 - May 31
Sea Gull RiverSea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake approximately 1/3 north of the narrowsCook April 1-May 28
Shagawa RiverBoth sides of both road crossings at Winton (T.63 R.11 S.19; (T.63 R.12 S.24)St. Louis, Lake April 24-May 14
Shotley BrookState Highway 72 to Upper Red LakeBeltrami April 10 - May 14
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)Cook No 2021 closure
Tamarac RiverFrom Upper Red Lake upstream to Beltrami- Koochiching county lineBeltrami April 10 - May 14
Toad RiverInlet to Big Pine Lake upstream to County Road 13 (T.137, R.38, S.32)Otter Tail April 6 - May 21
Turtle RiverBelow Three Island Dam to Turtle River LakeBeltrami April 10 - May 14
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Ida and Lake Charlie (T.129 R.38 S.25,26)Douglas April 10 - May 21
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Miltona and Lake Ida (T.130 R.37,38 S.31,36)Douglas April 10 - May 21
Unnamed CreekFlowage between Lake Aaron to Lake Moses (T.130 R.39 S.16)Douglas April 10 - May 21
Unnamed StreamBetween Big Sand Lake and Emma Lake (T.141, R.34, S.23)Hubbard April 24 - UFN