St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Minnesota DNR is clarifying closures that aim to protect walleye this fishing season.
Officials say only small portions of some cook county lakes and stream will be closed during the early part of the season which kicks off on May 14th.
They say the closures occur annually and are required by law.
As in past years, the following areas were closed to fishing on Friday, April 1:
•Sea Gull River from Sea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake approximately 1/3 mile north of the narrows will be closed through May 27
•Saganaga Falls on the Minnesota Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga Lake will be closed through May 31
•Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids) on the Ontario side of Saganaga Lake will be closed through May 31
•Channel between Little Gunflint and Little North lakes on the Minnesota-Ontario border will be closed through May 31
•Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake) from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint Lake will be closed through May 27.
The following areas will be closed to fishing from Saturday, May 14, through Friday, May 27:
•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.
Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen