The biggest day of the year in Minnesota is this weekend (May 10)! Walleye season opens for the summer bright and early Saturday morning, and we can’t wait! Fishermen have reported a strong walleye bite ahead of the season opener, and we expect that to carry into the weekend. Finding walleye hasn’t been difficult, and you certainly don’t have to go far. Most of the largest fish have been reeled in along the Rainy River and in 4-Mile Bay (ice still remains on parts of the lake, but there are plenty of areas to find fish now).


Sturgeon season has now switched over to catch and release from now through May 15. Guests have been boating quality sturgeon at all times of the day and along a majority of the river. However, the best sturgeon have been found lingering in deep crevices. Pack your shiners and crawlers to help land you a monster!


If pike are more your style, you’re in luck, because they’re biting too! Test your fishing skills in either the 4-Mile Bay or Zippel Bay areas. Find a weed bed and drop a line and spoon and get ready! Don’t forget, pike season never closes!


Sturgeon Tournament Recap This year was our best one yet. We started out with a record number of fish boated, and ended with one of the largest daily winners ever. The weather may have been cold, dark and rainy, but spirits were high throughout both days. Here’s a look at the final leaderboard.


For more pictures from the weekend, check out our Facebook page!

Spring Lodging Special

Starting at only $40 per person per night through May 22 at Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location. Give us a call to book your trip 800-862-8602 or request online.

*plus tax based on double occupancy.

Guided Fishing

Prefer to let us find the fish and bring the gear? Our guided outfitter trips are great for spring and fall fishing. Enjoy great river fishing in one of our 18′ or 20′ boats equipped with poles, bait, tackle, experienced guide, assortment of pop and water and fish cleaning. $450 for an all day trip for the boat. Boat holds up to 4 passengers plus the guide.

Our New Villas are great for summer vacations!

Have you checked out our beautiful new villas yet? They are brand new and spacious 1-5 bedroom lodging units great for groups of 1-17. Log furniture, fireplaces, beautiful river views, open floor plans and more. Check them out today and make plans to book your summer vacation at Sportsman’s.

Mom’s & Fishing

Treat mom to a fishing weekend or maybe a relaxing and quiet weekend in a cabin while you go fishing on Walleye Opener and treat her to our delicious Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch. You will love our vast selection of entrees, desserts, mimosas and more.Lodging starts at only $45 per person plus tax based on double occupancy. Walleye Opener is May 10 and Mother’s Day is May 11.