The open waters of Rainy River provide an opportunity to try and catch a lunker lake sturgeon. Rainy River is among the very few areas where you will find a quality fishery for these potentially huge fish. Catch and release is allowed on Rainy River through April 23rd. You can also fish for walleye up until April 14. Launches are open in International Falls, Pelland Junction and Birchdale.
You can still ice fish on Rainy Lake, where you might catch a lunker northern pike, which is another traditional spring activity. On the lake, try the area near the National Park visitor center on Black Bay.
The Rainy River access at Nelson Park in Birchdale is now open. Borderwaters regulations allow you to fish for walleye up until April 14. The Ron Hall Access in International Falls and Kuttes Landing at Pelland Junction have been open for a week. Early reports are that the fishing has been best in the heavier current below the dam at International Falls.
In the meantime, ice anglers continue to have success on Rainy Lake. Ice conditions will certainly vary as warmer weather rolls in, but for now, fishing has been good around Birch Point in Sand Bay and around the mouth of Black Bay.
Some hearty birds are returning to the forests and waters, some seagulls, songbirds and waterfowl have been showing up for the past week or so.
The border waters regulations for Rainy Lake and Rainy River mean the walleye season will be open until April 14, 2015. The northern pike and smallmouth bass seasons also remain open. The recent warm weather has everyone wondering how soon the Rainy River launches will be cleared and ready for use. We will keep you posted.
The recent warm weather has put a dmaper on the snowmobiling around here. Trails deteriorated fast and we would need some solid freezing weather and a pretty good dump of snow to see any late season sledding.
The ice remains on Rainy Lake though, and it will be safe to head out for some ice fishing for the time being. The most popular spot right now is around Birch Point in Sand Bay. Walleye and crappie are hitting jigs and minnows at around 30 feet