On the south end… Pike anglers catching fish in back bays. Deadbait on a quick strike rig under a bobber, spoons, spinnerbaits and crankbaits are the go to presentations. The pike season is open year-round on LOW and the Rainy River.
The pike limit is 3 fish per day, 30-40 inches must be released, one over 40″ allowed. Most practice catch and release with a nice photo on big fish, and there are a lot of big pike being caught.
On the Rainy River… Sturgeon anglers looking to keep a sturgeon have through May 7th. After that catch and release kicks in again. Catch and release 5/8/21 – 5/15/21. Closed 5/16/21 – 6/30/21. Harvest season, 7/1/21 – 9/30/21.
A 3-5 ounce no-roll sinker combined with a sturgeon rig (18″ snell of 60 lb test with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook) with a glob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both is the most common setup.
Good numbers of fish, all size ranges, being caught. Sturgeon have been active.
Up at the NW Angle… A few anglers fishing pike in back bays but most looking forward to the May 15th fishing opener. The go to walleye spots come the opener will be shoreline and island structure and underwater points. The technique, a jig and a minnow!
With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle. The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running. If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option. And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.