Ongoing rehabilitation project opens Freeborn Lake to liberalized fishing

Mankato Times

FREEBORN, MINN. — A water level drawdown is ongoing as part of a lake rehabilitation project on Freeborn Lake in Freeborn County, which has prompted the Department of Natural Resources to post the lake open to liberalized fishing from Dec. 15 through Feb. 28.  

Licensed residents may take all species of fish for their personal use in any quantity and in any manner except with the use of seines, hoopnets, fyke nets or explosives. Rough fish such as bullheads, carp, suckers, and buffalo fish may be sold. Gill nets must have metal tags affixed stating the operator’s name and address and be attached to one end of the float line near the first float.  Each tag must be a minimum of 2 ½ inches by 5/8 inch. 

Anglers must obey all laws regarding trespass on private property; it is against the law to discard fish on shore or on the ice.

The DNR reminds anglers to stay off of the ice until at least 4 inches of new, clear ice is present, and that no ice should be considered 100 percent safe. Safety measures such as wearing a life jacket and bringing ice picks and rope are recommended.

Freeborn Lake is located in Freeborn County, Minnesota. This lake is 2,222 acres in size. It is approximately 7 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bigmouth Buffalo, Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish and Yellow Perch.

For the latest information on lakes that are posted to liberalized fishing in the Waterville fisheries management area, contact the Waterville DNR fisheries office at 507-362-4223, or for a statewide listing, go to the DNR website at



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