Turtle River And Ryan Pond Receive Rainbow Trout; Anglers Catch Big Fish In Sportsman’s Lodge Sturgeon Tourney; Spawning Sturgeon Offer Spectacle On Rainy River Tributary

A few items of note on this Tuesday morning:

  • Erika Kolbow, naturalist at Turtle River State Park, says the North Dakota Game and Fish Department stocked another batch of rainbow trout into the Turtle River on Monday. In addition, Ryan Pond in Grand Forks also received a fresh batch of rainbow trout. In a news release, the Game and Fish Department said almost 40 fisheries around the state have received trout stockings this spring. Statewide, Game and Fish has stocked more than 20,000 rainbows in the 11-inch range along with 800 cutthroat trout weighing 1 to 2 pounds.
  • Mark Thelen caught a 64¾ inch sturgeon and Ron Lindberg caught a 67-inch sturgeon to take big fish honors on the first and second days, respectively, of the 11th annual Sportsman’s Sturgeon Classic Tournament held this past Friday and Saturday on the Rainy River near Sportman’s Lodge north of Baudette, Minn. More than 100 sturgeon were caught by nearly 200 anglers in 60 boats who fished the 1.2-mile stretch of river in tournament boundaries. The big fish winners each day went home with $2,420 in cash, while daily second-place winners landed $1,035.
  • Speaking of sturgeon, quite a spectacle is taking place at the mouth of the Rapid River, a Rainy River tributary, in Clementson, Minn., about six miles east of Baudette. Sturgeon are spawning in the shallows of the Rapid River, and this year’s run is particularly impressive. Gary Lund of Roseau, Minn., shared several photos of the spawning sturgeon and said the photos don’t do justice to the number of sturgeon they saw swimming in the shallows. As they do every year, fisheries crews from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Baudette are sampling the spawning sturgeon in the Rapid River. Here are some of the photos Lund shared of the spectacle: