DNR announces fishing closures

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced several fishing closures in Cook County during the beginning of the 2015 fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning walleye. Closures on Minnesota-Ontario waters are made in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and affect both sides of the border.

Closures apply to fishing only; travel is permitted through these areas.

All closed areas will be posted, but they are primarily near the end of the Gunflint Trailon Sea Gull River and Lake through Gull Lake, Saganaga, Little Gunflint, Little North, Cross River and so on.

The closures are intended to protect concentrations of walleye that may be vulnerable to over-harvest in what may be a year with relatively late ice-out and delayed spawning due to a persistently cool spring. Closures apply to fishing only; travel is permitted through these areas.

Questions may be directed to the DNR fisheries office in Grand Marais at 218-387-3056

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The following closures took effect April 1:

* Sea Gull River from Sea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake approximately one-third mile north of the narrows; closed through May 22.

* 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 by the Ontario Ministry of

Natural Resources.

* Unnamed 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 22.

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