New Regulations in Place for Northern Pike Fishing Opener

New Regulations in Place for Northern Pike Fishing Opener Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

March 06, 2018 06:53 AM

New regulations will be in place for the state's northern pike fishing opener.

The new rules apply to inland waters of the state, in the north-central, northeastern and southern regions.


There will be limits on the number of pike anglers are able to keep and how big they are, depending on the region.

The new regulations are as follows:

  • North-central region: Limit of 10 northern pike, but not more than two pike longer than 26 inches; all from 22 to 26 inches must be released.
  • Northeastern region: Two pike; anglers must release all from 30 to 40 inches, with only one over 40 inches allowed in possession.
  • Southern region: Two fish; minimum size 24 inches.

The new regulations are in an effort to preserve the numbers of pike in Minnesota.

The fishing opener is Saturday, May 12.


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