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Whitefish sport netting to open on northern lakes

Oct 01, 2018 12:43PM ● By Editor
Media release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - October 1, 2018

Recreational netting for whitefish and cisco, also referred to as tullibee, will be open this fall on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden temperature changes.

Whitefish and cisco sport netting is open to Minnesota residents only. About 700 Minnesotans participate each year.

Whitefish netting is a specialized opportunity for people to enjoy Minnesota lakes. There are multiple regulations they need to know before netting so interested anglers should check the DNR website at for specifics.

Whitefish netting schedules are based on expected water temperatures. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water while tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning. The DNR allows netting when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water. Game fish incidentally taken in nets must be returned to the water immediately.

Complete regulations, including requirements related to use of gear and invasive species, are available on the DNR website at

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