31st Annual North American Sturgeon Championship… Open to the Public
Jul 30th, 2022 by Keith Worrall
Modified Jul 30th, 2022 at 11:38 AM
The 31st Annual 2022 North American Sturgeon Championship is all set for Saturday, August 20th and is open to the public. Summer on the Rainy River is known to most for walleyes, bass and pike. One of the fish gaining popularity and for good reason is the lake sturgeon. The population is growing and the average size of the population is getting larger each year. These fish are fun to catch, big and ancestry goes back to the prehistoric ages. That brings us to this enjoyable event based just east of Baudette in Birchdale, MN.
The Rainy River is loaded with sturgeon, so why not have a tournament for them right?! The fishery is extremely strong right now and the average length of Lake Sturgeon continues to grow along with the population. It is only fitting that the home of the 31st Annual Sturgeon Championship takes place is in Birchdale, MN just 27 miles east of Baudette on Hwy 11. This event is open to the public and all are welcome. The tournament is Saturday, August 20, 2022. Noon – 2pm is the Youth Contest. 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm is the main contest open to all ages.
The youth sturgeon championship is free of charge and youth are encouraged to take part. As the youth poster mentions, “A small one is the biggest fish you ever caught”.
If you have never fished sturgeon, most anglers use a sturgeon rig with a no roll sinker and a few nightcrawlers loaded on a hook. Anchor upstream or in a deep hole in the river and still fish with your offering on the bottom. It is a good idea to use heavy rods, reels and line as sturgeon can reach 100 lbs. Click Here for a video to show you how.
It is also a good idea to have a big net or some way of landing a sturgeon that does not cause harm to the fish or yourself. When you handle a sturgeon or any big fish, do not grab the eyes or gills. It is best to grab just in front of the hard tail and support their underbelly keeping the fish horizontal, not vertical. Holding a big fish vertically can actually cause internal tearing of organs due to the sheer size.
If you plan on attending, there is lodging along the river and in Baudette. Here is a list of lodging on the Rainy River and Baudette area.
For more details on the Birchdale Sturgeon Championship, see info below. Good luck!
This fundraiser for the Birchdale Community Building
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Soren Olesen at (218)-244-4280 or by email at [email protected]
Event takes place at the Nelson Park public landing 1 mile north of highway 11.
North American YOUTH Sturgeon Championship
ENTRY FEE: FREE
Saturday, August 20, 2022. From 12:00pm – 2:00pm OPEN TO ALL YOUTH AGE 17 AND UNDER. Longest Measured Fish will Receive Trophy and Grand Prize Sturgeon Championship Prizes Awarded by Drawings.
31st ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN STURGEON CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, August 20, 2022. From 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Longest Fish: 50% Payback
Entry Fee: Adults $20, 17 & Under $10
JUDGING BY LENGTH ONLY
(Verification Judge Boats on Water)
All Judges Decisions are Final.
PLEASE OBEY ALL MINNESOTA BOATING AND ANGLING REGULATIONS.
CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY!
BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS OR INJURY
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