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Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Terry Davis

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would like to remind anglers who want to keep northern pike this fishing season to familiarize themselves with the regulations and be prepared to measure the fish.

Minnesota has three northern pike zones that apply to inland waters and reflect the differences in pike population characteristics across the state:

  • North-central: 10 northern pike limit, but no more than two pikes over 26 inches; all fish 22 to 26 inches must be released.
  • Northeast: Two northern pikes limit; anglers must release all fish 30 to 40 inches in length, with only one fish larger than 40 inches allowed in possession.
  • South: two northern pikes limit with a minimum size of 24 inches.

Special regulations covering individual lakes, rivers, and streams remain in effect throughout the state and take precedence over zone regulations. The rules governing the northern pike zone do not apply to border waters.

Anglers in Minnesota can catch various fish from the shore or pier, including sunfish, bass, pike, catfish, and others.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will also host a webinar on Wednesday, June 16 at noon for anyone interested in learning practical techniques for catching more fish from shore.

The webinar is part of the DNR's Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series, which aims to provide participants with timely, relevant information on upcoming seasons and events, as well as skills to help them enjoy these opportunities.

For more information or to register, go to https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishwildlife/outreach/index.html

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