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Boats hitting the open water fishing on Rainy River

Anglers are fishing on Rainy River for the annual spring bonus. Here’s the proof, four trailer rigs parked at Nelson Park near Birchdale, a popular access site that is now open. The border water walleye season remains open until April 14, smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappie are open continuously and there’s the option to catch and release a sturgeon in the River. There will be a short tag season for sturgeon in late April and early May.

The walleye fishing is usually very good, some tips include getting below turbulance, like below the dam at International Falls, near the confluence of the Little Fork river at Pelland Junction, near the confluence of the Big Fork east of Loman or below Manitou Rapids near Indus. Another tip is to keep your bait just off the bottom using a fairly heavy sinker on a slide.

We could easily mail you the annual Department of Natural Resources flyer on river fishing regulations and access locations. Just contact us through the email () or call at 1 800 325 5766. If you request information through the system on this website be sure to check the box for special spring walleye season under “interests”. Our brochure request page is located here.

Other signs of spring will soon be showing, wildlife watchers will want to take notice of returning migratory birds. Some will be passing through and some will begin the mating and nesting routine. Our forests will turn green and runoff from the snow melt will soon be thundering through our rapids and waterfalls. Hiking trails and bike paths will be opening as will ATV trails. Again, if you’d like information we’d be happy to help. Use the contact information provided above. Before you know it, summer will arrive. Have you made your plans for a summer getaway? Now is the time to get that done.




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International Falls, Rainy Lake and Ranier Convention and Visitors Bureau

301 2nd Avenue
International Falls, MN 56649

(218) 283 9400
(800) 325 5766