May 8th, Cindy Pawlowski of Frazee pulled in a 62 and 7/8 inch sturgeon it had a 29 inch girth and it’s a good bet it was a 100 pound fish. When Cindy returned the monster to Rainy River, she became the new Catch-and-Release record holder for sturgeon. The catch-and-release category was created because the sturgeon grow very slowly and many sport anglers feel it should not be unnecessary to kill the fish to set a record. Incidentally, the sturgeon tag season on Rainy River will open on July 1st.
Meanwhile, Rainy Lake anglers say walleye are starting to show on the submerged reefs, but can also be found along rocky shorelines in low light situations. Either way, they are responding best to lively minnows. If it’s still enough jig with the minnow, or if there’s a little wind, slow troll a spinner rig and minnow. Sand Bay, Cranberry Bay and the area around Three Sisters have all been mentioned. Crappie are being caught on the west end of Black Bay and smallmouth bass can be pulled from the weed bed edges in just about any of the bays.
Borderland is gearing up for the two-nation celebration of Canada Day, followed by Independence Day. You can check the schedules by clicking on the Events Tab at the top of the page menu bar. We have twice the parades, twice the entertainment, twice the fireworks and twice the fun here in International Falls, Minnesota, USA and Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. Come join the fun!
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