Openings Remain For Becoming An Outdoors Woman Sturgeon Trip On Rainy River, Lake Of The Woods

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoor Woman sturgeon fishing trip on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River traditionally is one of the most popular events on the BOW program’s calendar. (Brad Dokken photo)

Openings remain for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors Woman guided sturgeon fishing trip, set for Aug. 10-12 on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River near Baudette, Minn.

The DNR hasn’t yet posted the 2018 Becoming an Outdoors Woman catalog on its website (as of Monday morning, at least), but a DNR fisheries manager sent me a message late last week indicating a half-dozen openings remained for this year’s sturgeon trip.

One of the most popular events on the BOW calendar, the sturgeon fishing trip traditionally fills to capacity several months ahead of time, and it’s unusual for openings to remain, even though the event still is six months away. The event is limited to 12 participants.

I’ve covered the BOW sturgeon fishing events in the past, and it’s easy to see why the excursion is so popular. It’s a great event, and a great time.

As part of the event, BOW participants — typically two to a boat — are paired with volunteer guides who supply the boat, bait and all the gear, along with their sturgeon fishing expertise. The DNR originally offered the BOW sturgeon excursion in late April, a time when sturgeon stage near the mouth of the Rainy River and Four-Mile Bay, but it’s been held in August the past few years. The weather is more favorable, for one thing, and there’s still plenty of opportunity for hooking into a few of the prehistoric fish in the river.

Because the DNR offers the sturgeon and other BOW events as a way to attract first-time participants to a particular outdoors activity, preference is given to women who haven’t previously fished sturgeon.

Cost for the BOW sturgeon trip is $225 per person, which includes two nights lodging, guides, boats, rods and bait. For more information, contact Linda Bylander at