posted on December 07, 2009 10:44
- Two lines may be used through the ice (other than on designated trout
lakes and streams).
- Residents age 90 or older may take fish without a license.
- Anglers must remain within 200 feet of their tip-up.
- Residents age 16 through 64 must have a dark house spearing license and
an angling license. Residents age 65 years old and older are exempt from
the dark house spearing license, but must have an angling license to spear.
- Party fishing does not apply while spearing.
- A person may take fish by angling in a dark house if only one angling line
is in use and any fish caught is immediately released or placed on the ice.
For more information see the DNR Web site.
- A legislative change on July 1, 2009 now permits a nonresident to take fish by spearing; establishes nonresident spearing and darkhouse fees.
- Using an artificial light to see fish when spearing is unlawful. Lighted
decoys are legal to use. Any battery that is used in lighted decoys cannot
contain any intentionally introduced mercury.
- Unless otherwise noted, you may use two fishing lines with one hook each while ice fishing in Minnesota. It is important to note that treble hooks are considered three individual hooks and are illegal. You may not use any game fish, gold fish or carp as bait. No explosives, chemicals or firearms may be used to aid in catching fish.
Shelters (fish houses, dark houses, and portables)
The following regulations apply to all shelters used on all Minnesota
waters, unless otherwise noted elsewhere in this Minnesota DNR Fishing Regulations booklet.
All shelters placed on the ice of Minnesota waters must have either the:
- (1) complete name and address, (2) driver’s license number, or (3) the
nine-digit Minnesota DNR number on the license of the owner plainly
and legibly displayed on the outside in letters, and figures at least 2 inches
All houses on the ice must have an address or license number visibly displayed for purposes of identification. If your ice house is an overnight shelter, it must have a strip of at least two inches of reflective material on its exterior. Additionally, ice houses must be no less than 10 feet apart and cannot be stored at public access points.
- A legislative change on July 1, 2009 - A "shelter" in addition to fish and dark houses must be licensed.
- A shelter may not be left unattended between midnight and one hour prior
to sunrise unless the shelter is licensed.
- Note: The Dept. of Public Safety - DVS now requires trailers used to haul
fish houses or dark houses and enclosed trailers or recreational trailers
used for fishing to be registered. See your local Deputy Registrar for
- A shelter license is not required on border waters with WI, IA, ND, and SD.
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