Grand Marais, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking action to protect concentrations of spawning walleye during the beginning of the 2014 fishing season.
Closures on Minnesota-Ontario waters are made in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and affect both sides of the border.
The following closures took effect April 1:
•Sea Gull River from Sea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake approximately 1/3 mile north of the narrows; closed through May 23
•Saganaga Falls on the Minnesota Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga Lake; closed through May 31.
•Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids) on the Ontario side of Saganaga Lake; closed through May 31.
•Channel between Little Gunflint and Little North Lakes on the Minnesota Ontario border; closed through May 31.
•Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake) from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint Lake; closed through May 23.
The following areas will be closed to fishing from May 10 through May 23:
•Tait River from White Pine Lake to the Forest Road 340 crossing, including a portion of White Pine Lake.
•Junco Creek from the first log dam above County Road 57 downstream to Devil Track Lake, and including a portion of Devil Track Lake near the river mouth.
Closures apply to fishing only; travel is permitted through these areas. All closed areas will be posted.
The closures are intended to protect concentrations of walleye that may be vulnerable to over-harvest in what is expected to be a year with relatively late ice-out and delayed spawning.