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.
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