Minnesota DNR Fishing Information

So, what is the DNR? Originally called the Department of Conservation, it is now called the Department of Natural Resources. The Division of Fish and Wildlife, under the auspices of the DNR, was created to manage, protect and regulate the state's fish and wildlife resources. The DNR also handles licenses and recreational vehicle registrations throughout Minnesota.
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Fishing Information from the Minnesota DNR

Here are some great links to the Minnesota DNR that we find useful. We will add more as we find them!

  • Fishing License Information (pricing, types, etc)
  • Fishing Regulations
  • Minnesota State Records
  • Minnesota's Historical Lake Ice-Out Dates
  • Minnesota Fish Species
  • Minnesota Lake Finder (includes depth maps and fish stocking reports)
  • Fishing Regulations
  • Minnesota Boating Regulations
  • Minnesota Online Licensing for Boats
  • Latest DNR Press Releases
  • If you have any suggestions for links we could add from the DNR, please email us and we will consider them.

    01/01/18 - 04/13/18

     

    Stream Trout (Winter) SE - 2018 season Catch and Release season only. Dodge, Goodhue, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties only.

    04/01/18 - 11/30/18

     

    Flathead Catfish - 2018 Season

    04/14/18 - 09/30/18

     

    Stream Trout in streams, except SE - 2018 season

    04/14/18 - 09/14/18

     

    Stream Trout in streams SE - 2018 season. Dodge, Goodhue, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties only.

    05/12/18 - 02/24/19

     

    Walleye, sauger, northern pike - 2018 season

    05/12/18 - 02/24/19

     

    Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass - 2018 season -North and East of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls and Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

    05/12/18 - 05/25/18

     

    Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass - 2018 early Catch and Release season Only -South and West of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

    05/12/18 - 09/30/18

     

    Lake Trout (summer) - 2018 season

    05/12/18 - 10/31/18

     

    Stream Trout in lakes (summer) - 2018 season

    05/12/18 - 05/13/18

     

    Take-a-Mom fishing weekend

    05/26/18 - 02/24/19

     

    Largemouth Bass - 2018 season -South and West of US Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash Lakes in St. Louis County

    05/26/18 - 09/09/18

     

    Smallmouth Bass - 2018 Season -South and West of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County.

    06/02/18 - 12/02/18

     

    Muskellunge (Muskie) - 2018 season

    06/08/18 - 06/10/18

     

    Take-a-Kid fishing weekend

    06/16/18 - 04/14/19

     

    Lake/Shovelnose Sturgeon Season

    09/10/18 - 02/24/19

     

    Smallmouth Bass - 2018 Catch and Release season only - South and West of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

    09/15/18 - 10/15/18

     

    Stream Trout (Fall) SE - 2018 season Catch and Release season only

    12/29/18 - 03/31/19

     

    Lake and Stream Trout - Winter (entirely within the BWCA)-2019 season

    01/12/19 - 03/31/19

     

    Trout in lakes - Winter (outside or partly outside the BWCA) - 2019 season



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