Fishing focus around International Falls has been on the Sturgeon in Rainy River. These fish can grow to 100 pounds or more and the brief spring tag season will soon end. You can keep one sturgeon per year and it must be 45-50 inches inclusive, or over 75 inches. Those are pretty big fish.
To fish for sturgeon, find a deeper hole in the river and anchor a bit upstream. then drop of solid leader and circle hook baited with some crawlers or minnows, or both, with a weight heavy enough to hold it just off the bottom. Sturgeon will come to investigate from downstream.
There will be another tag season on Rainy River, that will run from July 1 to September 30. The season shuts down to allow for spawning. However, you can fish Rainy River for northern pike and smallmouth bass at any time.
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