Anglers and spearers pursuing northern pike this winter can prepare for new pike regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters. Northern pike fishing remains open until Feb. 25, 2018, and spearing season opened Nov. 15. Pike regulations remain the same this winter; the regulation changes are coming this spring.
The new regulations on inland waters will be in effect starting March 1; however, fishing for northern pike is not allowed on these waters from Monday, Feb. 26, until the fishing opener on Saturday, May 12.
The new fishing regulations beginning in the spring take a cue from hunting regulations and will set up three distinct zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota. For details about the new zone regulations visit the pike page on the DNR website or contact an area fisheries office.