The $100,000 question on everybody’s mind … “Did the Forks let loose yet?” Yes they have. The second but equally as anticipated question …“Is the big lake still frozen?” Yes it is.
Shockingly enough, the big lake is still holding 30 inches of ice in spots. Not the best ice, but still frozen. This week, sun, wind, rain, strong outflow from the Rainy River and other rivers and streams along with higher water levels are all wreaking havoc with the lake ice.
In addition to fishing the river, sturgeon anglers are fishing near the ice pack edge on the lake outside of the Lighthouse Gap where the Rainy River enters Lake of the Woods.
Some of the bays are open or partially open for those who want to start targeting pike. Not many reports yet as things are just starting to open up. As the water warms, the big fish will start sliding in even with partial ice.
Pike season is open year round.
Walleye and sauger season is closed and opens again on the MN fishing opener May 14th. Be sure to give us a call to get your reservations on the books. We are anticipating one heck of an opener this year.
This past week the Big Fork and Little Fork Rivers that feed the Rainy both opened up, sending water, logs, debris and mud into the Rainy River. The melting run off has raised the river levels about 5 feet and has caused the current to pick up speed quite a bit.
Sturgeon will still feed in dirty water conditions but between all of the debris and very strong current, a few days of flushing through will be safer and advantageous to anglers. Some big sturgeon were caught this week before the big influx of water.
Sturgeon season dates
Oct 1 – April 23, 2022… Catch and Release only, no tag needed
April 24 – May 7, 2022… 1 per calendar year. Fish must be 45″-50″ inclusive or over 75″. Fish must be immediately tagged and registered within 48 hours. No tag needed for catch and release
May 8 – May 15, 2022… Catch and Release only, no tag needed
May 16 – June 30… Sturgeon fishing closed