The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds sunfish anglers to closely check the 2022 Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet and signs at water accesses for new sunfish limits that went into effect March 1 on 52 lakes and connected waters.
The new regulations lower limits on specific waters as part of a DNR initiative to protect and improve sunfish sizes. These changes are in response to angler-driven concerns over the declining sizes of sunfish in Minnesota.
Anglers can keep only the prescribed number of fish per day but can return the next day for another limit if they don’t exceed the statewide inland water possession limit of 20 sunfish per angler. Minnesota fishing regulations use sunfish as the generic name for bluegill, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, orange-spotted sunfish, longear, warmouth and their hybrids.
More about the Quality Sunfish Initiative is available on the sunfish page of the DNR website.