Itasca County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

Anglers in Itasca County will notice fishing closure signs at several area lakes and a creek this spring. These temporary closures are regularly enacted during the start of the fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning fish that may be vulnerable to over-harvest.

All closed areas will be posted with signs and fishing for all species will be prohibited.

The following closures are in effect from now until June 30:

  • Johnson Lake (south of Marcell): panfish spawning areas on the south end of the lake, northern bay, and small bay on the west shore.
  • Round Lake (near Lawrence Lake), panfish spawning areas in two bays on south side of the lake.

The following closure is in effect from May 3 until May 31:

  • Moody’s Creek, Walleye spawning area from county road 432 upstream 1/2 mile.

The following waters are closed from May 12 until midnight on May 18:

  • First River flowage from William’s Narrows upstream to Egg Lake, including Little Cut Foot Sioux Lake.  This closure is necessary to conserve walleyes that are still concentrated for spawning or may have been held in the area due to netting for egg take operations at Little Cut Foot Sioux.

Under Minnesota law, the Department of Natural Resources is given authority to seasonally close fish spawning area.

Questions can be directed to the DNR fisheries office in Grand Rapids at 218-328-8836, or to grandrapids.fisheries@state.mn.us.