Itasca County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is implementing several fishing closures in Itasca County during the beginning of the 2017 fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning panfish.

The following closures took effect April 1 and are closed through June 30:

  • Bass Lake: north basin on the west shore near the Pincherry access and south basin along the north shore in the Elm Point area.
  • Johnson Lake: south end of the lake, north bay, and a small bay on the west shore.
  • All closed areas will be posted. The closures are intended to protect concentrations of spawning panfish that may be vulnerable to over-harvest.

Questions can be directed to the DNR fisheries office in Grand Rapids at 218-328-8836, or to Dave Weitzel, Grand Rapids area fisheries supervisor, at