Canisteo Mine Pit to be open to liberalized fishing

The Canisteo Mine Pit, located north of Coleraine, Bovey and Taconite, in Itasca County, will be open to liberalized fishing regulations, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The regulations will go into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Oct. 17 and will end at sunset on Dec. 1.

Mining activity is resuming in this area and Magnetation, LLC. will be constructing a processing plant near the water access site currently operated by Itasca County. The water access will close on Dec. 1.

The pit has been managed by the DNR for lake trout through stocking and natural reproduction. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bluegill and cisco are also present in the pit. Liberalized fishing regulations will allow the public to harvest and use these fish before access to the pit is no longer available.

Under liberalized fishing regulations, residents may take fish without any bag or size limits, in any manner except by use of seines, hoop nets, fyke nets, and explosives; and any fish taken are for personal use only, except rough fish which may be sold. People may use multiple lines, gill nets, dip nets or spearing to take fish.

An informational meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14 at the Mount Itasca ski chalet, located at 200 Mount Itasca Drive, Coleraine, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to answer any questions about liberalized fishing regulations. DNR fisheries staff, DNR conservation officers and Magnetation representatives will be at the meeting.

For more information, contact the Grand Rapids area fisheries office at or by calling 218-327-4430.