By Stephanie Hemphill
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and its sister agency in Ontario are closing several border lakes and rivers to fishing. The move is to protect spawning walleye from potential over-harvest.
Officials say the mid-May season opener will find northern lakes still under ice and concentrations of walleye gathered to spawn would be at risk.
Affected waters include parts of Sea Gull River, Sea Gull Lake, Saganaga Lake, Northern Light Rapids, the channel between Little Gunflint and Little North Lakes, Cross River, Tait River, and Junco Creek. Closed portions of these waters will be posted.
Closures on joint Minnesota-Ontario waters will be in effect through May; Minnesota-only waters will open the Friday before Memorial Day.