DNR reminds anglers to follow northern pike zone regulations

Lurking Northern Pike. MnDNR photo
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers who might want to keep northern pike to familiarize themselves with the regulations and be prepared to measure the fish.

Minnesota has three northern pike zones that apply to inland waters and reflect the differing characteristics of pike populations across the state.

In the Northcentral zone — where the Brainerd lakes area resides, anglers can keep 10 northern pike, but not more than two pike longer than 26 inches; and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Throughout the state, special regulations that cover individual lakes, rivers and streams remain in effect and take precedence over the zone regulations.

The northern pike zone regulations do not apply to border waters. More information about northern pike zones, including a zone map, is available on the DNR’s northern pike page (


Editor's Note: This article was updated July 1, 2022 to correct statement that Brainerd is located in the Northeast zone - it is not, it is in the Northcentral zone. We also added the MN DN graphic showing the zones and regulations for each zone.

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