Few more weeks of sturgeon fishing, 10th annual tournament is this weekend!
Water temperature continues to warm up. We are currently at 49 degrees today and the week’s forecast looks beautiful and much warmer!



Sturgeon Fishing
It was a breezy weekend and the bite dipped this past weekend.  Some anglers say that your bait must stay in the same spot without any movement to entice these bottom feeders to go to the smell. Some movement by the sway of the boat can confuse them.  That could have been the reason for the dip in the catch rate this weekend.  Anglers still caught some nice 40”+ sturgeon.  The successful anglers also noted they used 2 anchors, set up in or near a hole in the river bottom in current, added a shiner to their gob of worms for some added smell hooked into their 3/0-4/0 circle hook and 3-4 ounce no roll weight and did not try a new spot until at least an hour had gone by.   There is a lot of fish moving around, give these tips a try and give it a shot.  When you reel in a 65 inch prehistoric dinosaur it will all be worth it!

Check out this video for more sturgeon fishing tips!


The guys from The Simple Outdoorsman joined us last week. Check out a few of their pics. These guys got into some nice fish. Be sure to check them out on facebook and like their page.



Check other their video below!


Right now through May 7, you can keep one sturgeon within 45”-50” or over 75” with a Minnesota fishing license and $5 sturgeon tag. Sturgeon tags can be purchased at the lodge, online or anywhere that sells Minnesota fishing and hunting licenses.  May 8-15 is catch and release.  The season closes May 16-June 30. These fish are fun to catch and release or very tasty smoked.  Lodging, Guided Trips, Boat & Dock rentals available.

10th Annual Sportsman’s Sturgeon Tournament is this weekend!
Fifty boats and over 100 contestants will battle it out over this two day event.  We usually see over 100 fish caught and released over the two days including winners in the 65”+ range.  The tournament runs Friday, May 6 8:30am-4pm and Saturday, May 7 8:30am-3pm. The bar is a great place to stop by after the tournament to hear about the action, grab a beer, food and listen to musical entertainment.  The tournament is full for 2016 but lodging is available starting at only $45* per person per night. If you have never fished for sturgeon or just would like to learn more, stop by the bar. Most anglers in this tournament have been doing it for 7+ years.  They have a lot of good tips and great stories to share. The weather is looking great and we are excited for our 10th year! Good luck anglers! It is going to be a fun weekend!

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Northern Pike bite is heating up!
Tributaries and bays along the river are great spots.  Anchored and casting out a jig tipped with dead bait and bouncing off the bottom has been producing some huge pike.  Some anglers are having great success trolling with crankbaits too.  Lodging and guided trips are still available. Click here or give us a call 800-862-8602.

Walleye Opener is May 14
Up to 20% off summer lodging and charter fishing packages May 13-May 26 and lodging packages starting at only $40 per person per night now through May 26.  It’s fishing time!

Check out the fishing action on our Dock Cam!

Photo Contest!
Submit your summer photo from a trip to Sportsman’s, tell your friends to vote and you could win a free night lodging at Sportsman’s Lodge! Click here.