Anglers Catching Walleyes On Rainy River; Season Ends Monday

It’s going to be a short, sweet walleye season on the Rainy River this spring. Much of the river between International Falls land Baudette remains ice-covered. The Frontier landing opened Tuesday, and river ice is moving out at the rate of a couple miles a day, said Alyse Walton at Royal Dutchman Resort in Baudette. So, anglers are moving fast to get a chance at the river’s big walleyes, which come up from Lake of the Woods to spawn.

The season for walleyes on the river is open through Monday, April 14.

“We’ve been full since yesterday (Wednesday), and through the weekend we’re full,” Walton said. “Everyone in town is full.”

Anglers are catching plenty of walleyes, some in the mid-20-inch range, Walton said.

“Nothing huge yet,” she said.

A Sportsman’s Lodge guide fishing near Birchdale on Tuesday afternoon caught lots of fish “from eating sized to wall-hangers,” according to an online report from the lodge.