Come March, who isn’t itching to get out on the water, soak up the sun, and float the day away while waiting for the big one? This month, we celebrate the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere but it might not feel or look like it. Ice still covers the lakes, the threat of late winter snow storms looms over us, and the temps aren’t quite warm enough to bury your winter coat in the back of your closet yet. But just as winter starts to retreat, migrating season begins for walleye making their way to spawning grounds and that means it’s prime season for many anglers looking to catch the big one.
Anglers migrate to the north every spring for one big reason: catch-and-release season. Fishers with cabin fever can delight knowing that they don’t have to wait for the May fishing opener in Minnesota to get out on the water and start casting. This catch-and-release season is in effect from March 1 to April 14 on Rainy River. With anglers migrating from all over the region for the extended season, here’s what you need to know:
Sturgeon Season on Rainy River
Catch yourself a big one this year!
Sturgeon Tag Season reopens July 1 and it's looking plentiful for everyone.
Catch and Release Season will be back October 1, 2019 to April 23, 2020.
(Note: It is illegal to fish for sturgeon outside of sturgeon season)
From boat or land, we have seen some great action this year. Just make sure your gear can land a fish over 100lbs!!!
The current state record was caught by Darren Troseth:
Some Things to remember during Sturgeon Season:
Sturgeon Tag season from July 1 - Sep 30:
The Ron Hall access in International Falls is a sturgeon hot spot. It is just below the dam.
If you'd rather learn the tips and tricks from a pro, check the guide services below.
Take a Mom Fishing, but first...
What's a fisherman to do when Mothers' Day is the same weekend as fishing opener? That is a dilemma many men face in Minnesota each spring. If Mom loves fishing as much as her husband, problem solved! Take Mom fishing! But first, take the time to include a Mother's Day Brunch and include some flowers or chocolates or whatever says "I love you" to her. Most mom's just want to know she is appreciated and nothing says that better than quality time. Fishing season lasts many months, but Mother's Day is only 24 hours. What if fishermen put the same effort into planning how to honor their wives and/or mothers as they do into a fishing trip? I can tell you the result: Mom's would be happy to say, "go fishing, you big dope!"
Remember, you can always give up the helm!