Minnesota DNR Salmon Fishing Regulations

Minnesota DNR Salmon Fishing Regulations
The Minnesota waters of Lake Superior and its tributary streams hold king, coho and pink salmon. Although pinks are rarely caught in Lake Superior, anglers do catch them on a few streams when they enter them to spawn in fall. Cohos and kings are more common. These fish were stocked in the 1960s and are reproducing. Lake Superior kings and cohos don't grow as large as their saltwater brethren, but they fight hard and are a welcome addition to any angler's table.

Season and Bag Limit

Salmon season is open year-round. Anglers may keep five salmon per day. Minimum size limit is 10 inches.



Anglers age 16 or older need a fishing license and a Minnesota trout stamp to fish for salmon. Anglers who purchase a one-day license, such as those commonly issued on Lake Superior charter fishing boats, are exempt from purchasing the stamp.

Lines and Hooks

Anglers fishing in Lake Superior may use two lines when salmon fishing, except for when fishing within 100 yards of a tributary stream. Only one line is allowed when fishing in streams as well. Treble hooks may be used in Lake Superior, but anglers must use single hooks in streams.

Additional Stream Regulations

Anglers can fish for salmon in streams from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Some streams have posted boundaries to protect spawning salmon. These boundaries are subject to change, so check current regulations and riverside postings.

Lake Superior Rufuge

A portion of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn., is closed to anglers using boats from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 to protect spawning lake trout. Consult the Minnesota fishing regulations for an accurate description of this refuge.


Article Written By Joe Shead

Joe Shead is a freelance writer specializing in outdoor writing. He has written for numerous national and regional outdoor magazines on various topics from hunting to fishing to his pet subject, shed antler hunting.

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