Sand Point Lake, Minnesota Fishing Regulations

Sand Point Lake, Minnesota Fishing Regulations
Sand Point Lake is an 8,526-acre lake that is located in northeastern Minnesota's St. Louis County. There are many species of fish in the lake--crappies, bluegills, northern pike, smallmouth bass and walleyes--all of which are popular among fishermen who fish in Minnesota. In addition to the statewide fishing regulations, there are some special regulations that apply to Sand Point Lake.


Anglers are allowed to possess a combined limit of six walleyes and sauger from Sand Point Lake. Only four of those may be walleyes. In addition, all walleyes that measure 17 inches to 28 inches must be released immediately. Anglers are allowed to have one walleye longer than 28 inches in their possession. The easiest way to tell the difference between walleyes and sauger is to look at the dorsal fin and the tail: walleyes have no spots on the dorsal fin and a white spot on the tail; sauger have spots on their dorsal fin and no spot on their tail.


Anglers are allowed to possess a limit of 10 crappies of any size.


Anglers are allowed to possess a limit of 20 bluegills. There are no size restrictions.

Northern Pike

Anglers are allowed to possess a limit of three northern pike. They may not have more than one northern pike in their possession that is longer than 30 inches.

Smallmouth Bass

Anglers may possess a limit of six smallmouth bass. There are no size restrictions.

Other Limits

Some of the other fish in Sand Point Lake, and the possession limits for those fish, include Burbot (no limit); lake whitefish (no limit); smelt (no limit); rock bass (30); tullibee (no limit); white sucker (no limit); and yellow perch (20 per day, 40 in possession).


Anglers cannot use methods like explosives, guns, chemicals or electricity to take fish. Additionally, they cannot use whole or parts of game fish, carp or goldfish for bait.

Open-Water and Ice Fishing

Anglers may use only one fishing line at a time during the open-water season. The rules change when ice covers the lake. When anglers are fishing through the ice, they are allowed to use two lines, though both lines must be attended at all times.

Article Written By Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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