The International Falls Bass Championship takes place this weekend. Good luck to all the anglers. Smallmouth have been pulled from the deeper waters where the walleye are now lurking, but also from the rocky shorelines and weedy edges of the bays along the south shoreline of Rainy Lake. No one has been talking about what they are using to pull in the smallmouth. Walleye are responding to minnows on a jig on the submerged reefs. There have been some big northern pike caught in those same areas.
The North American Sturgeon fishing contest was held this past weekend in Birchdale. The tournament is strictly catch and release and the winner was Chris Qualley with a 56 and ¾ inch fish. The youth championship was won by first-time sturgeon angler Maxx Deroy of South St. Paul with a 55 inch fish. The sturgeon tag season remains open on Rainy River. Meanwhile, the best walleye and bass action has been around the structure and swifter waters below the dam at International Falls. Emerald shiner minnows work best in Rainy River.
For the most up-to-date information you can call the International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at (218) 283-9400.
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