It’s downright cold as this update is being prepared, so it’s fortunate there’s an Outdoor Expo being held indoors this weekend. There are seminars on hunting and fishing, vendors, food, fun and games and prizes. It’s the sixth annual Outdoor Expo at the Evangelical Covenant Church at 1631 First Avenue East in International Falls.
For those that are actually getting outdoors, walleye fishing remains open on Rainy River until April 14th. Sturgeon fishing is also a possibility. Birders have noted the return of many migrating birds, especially waterfowl. Hikers have been able to get out on many of the trails although some low lying areas will be a bit wet from snow melt. If you want to mostly stay inside your vehicle, consider a scenic drive to any of the nearby waterfalls where that snow melt is resulting in thundering cascades. Give us a call at 1 800 325 5766 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want directions to some great nearby options where you will find hiking trails, observation areas and safety railings. We’d be happy to help. (During the weekend, our offices are closed, so an email will be better than a phone call, but Monday, we’ll be here as usual).
Speaking of Monday, that’s when the forecasts say this cold blast will back off and we will resume some more moderate spring like temperatures.
It’s cold today, especially after the balmy weather we’ve been having. The forecast is for cold and clear through the weekend, but then it’ll warm up a bit. The earlier warm weather helped clear ice from the Little Fork and Big Fork Rivers and water clarity has been steadily improving in Rainy River. Sturgeon fishing has been pretty good, while the walleye bite was a bit slow as all the debris from the Forks hit. Walleye anglers are expecting the bite will pick up over the weekend.
For walleye, try a jig and minnow just off the bottom, or slowly pull a spinner rig and minnow against the current. For Sturgeon, use heavier gear and a heavy sinker with a fair sized hook baited with worms just off the bottom. These fish can get to very large sizes and make for great photos. Be sure to catch and release them quickly. Hold the fish horizontally to snap a photo, holding them vertically can damage internal organs.
Walleye fishing remains open on Rainy River until April 14, and sturgeon fishing is strictly catch-and-release until the tag season opens April 24.