The short spring sturgeon tag season closes after this weekend. Anglers have been hitting Rainy River in search of a keeper. The slot is 45-50 inches and a trophy fish must be over 75 inches. Those are pretty big fish.
Kuttes Landing is a popular access for sturgeon as it is just above the confluence of the Little Fork river, which is a sturgeon hot spot. The photo is from Kuttes Landing, which is roughly where US 71 meets MN 11.
The Ron Hall access in International Falls is just below the dam, and that too is a sturgeon hot spot.
Fishing for sturgeon can be as simple as dropping a strong circle hook and leader baited with a few worms and a minnow upstream from a deeper area. Use a fairly heavy roll sinker to keep the rig in place. The sturgeon will be lured upstream from the deeper holes where they tend to congregate.
If you'd rather learn the tips and tricks from a pro, check the guide services listed here: https://www.rainylake.org/guides--outfitter-services.html
Migratory birds are all arriving to begin their nesting processes and some trees are starting to show buds. We have excellent weather forecast for the weekend. Hiking trails around Rainy Lake go through varied habitats and you will spot some wildlife.
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