New Northern Pike Regulations in effect for MN Fishing Opener

New Northern Pike Regulations in effect for MN Fishing Opener Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) - New northern pike regulations will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota's inland waters.

The new regulations on inland waters went into effect March 1; however, fishing for northern pike is not allowed on these waters until the fishing opener on Saturday, May 12.

"In a nutshell we're dividing the state into three distinct zones," DNR northeast region fisheries manager Chris Kavanaugh says.

The majority of the state will be in the north-central zone where the issue is overpopulation of small pike. Anglers here will be able to keep 10 northern pike, but not more than two pike longer than 26 inches, and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released. Northern pike taken by spearing follow the same rules except one pike may be between 22 and 26 inches and one longer than 26 inches.

In the northeast zone, the new regulation will maintain harvest opportunity and protect large fish already present and anglers here will be able to keep two pike and must release all from 30 to 40 inches, with only one over 40 inches allowed in possession. Spearers also will be able to take two pike but only one may be longer than 26 inches.

In the southern zone, the regulation will intend to increase pike abundance and improve the size of fish harvested. Anglers and spearers will be able to keep two fish, with a minimum size of 24 inches.

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