Minnesota anglers hoping to net a northern pike this year will need to be aware of a significant change for catching and keeping the fish.
The new regulations have three zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, and are meant to restore pike populations for better harvest opportunities across the state.
Anglers hoping to keep northern pike must meet the following requirements:
Darkhouse spearing regulations for pike change slightly, and those regulations are listed in the spearing section of the regulations booklet.
In addition, the regulations apply to inland waters, and don't affect border waters fishing regulations, and special regulations which cover individual lakes, rivers and streams.
More information on the new zone regulations can be found here, or by contacting a local area fisheries office.
The Minnesota fishing opener is set for May 12th.