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Fishing rules on 17 lakes are going to be different next spring

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Seventeen Minnesota lakes and one stream will have new fishing rules and regulations starting in March.

The DNR outlined the changes Monday, which includes new bag limits, release requirements, and more, and came after getting thoughts from the public.

“One goal of special regulations is to improve fish populations to make fishing better or more sustainable," Al Stevens, fisheries program consultant with the DNR, said. "So we need the public to tell us what they want for the process to be most effective, and we value that input.”

We won't get into the lengthy changes here – but below, all the lakes affected are listed. So if you see one you plan to visit, click this link to get all the details.

Ten lakes have completely new regulations.

  • Birdseye Lake (Itasca County)
  • Green Prairie Fish Lake (Morrison County)
  • Little Sand Lake (Itasca County)
  • Long (Higgins) Lake (Morrison County)
  • Maple Lake (Todd County)
  • Moose Lake (Todd County)
  • Platte Lake (Crow Wing County)
  • Portage Lake (Itasca County)
  • Sand Lake (Itasca County)
  • Sullivan Lake (Crow Wing County)

In addition, six lakes and a stream will have regulations tweaked.

  • Blackwater Lake (Cass County)
  • Kabekona Lake (Hubbard County)
  • Mule Lake (Cass County)
  • North Turtle Lake (Otter Tail County)
  • Pierz (Fish) Lake (Morrison County)
  • Rainy Lake (Koochiching and St. Louis counties)
  • Vermillion River (Dakota County)

And one lake will have its regulations dropped.

  • Horseshoe Lake (Cass County)

The DNR said these decisions came after a public review that happened this fall, as well as biological information from fish surveys.

There are also five lakes with regulations that were put in place temporarily, and those will now become permanent.

  • Battle Lake (Itasca County)
  • Crooked Lake (Stearns County)
  • Deer Lake (Itasca County)
  • Long Lake (Stearns County)
  • Pickerel Lake (Itasca County)

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