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April Sturgeon Fishing?

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My buddies and I are planning on heading up to Baudette on April 8,9,10, and the 11th to do some sturgeon fishing in Four-Mile Bay. Last year we had great luck on the weekend of April 17th.

I guess my question is, do you locals that have more experience in sturgeon fishing think that moving the trip earlier this year will have an effect on our success? Because of the warmer temps this winter will it through everything out of wack? Will the fish be off their normal spots at that time of year. Basically will the sturgeon be there and will they be hungry?

Thanks ahead for any responses, Leech.

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Yea, Dennis already let my know about it a few months ago. I'd go then but the dates don't work out for me with my job and such.

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Sturgeon come into the river when the walleyes do for spawning season. Optimum temperature for walleyes to spawn is 40 to 45 degrees. Slightly lower water temps will start the run. The sturgeon remain in the river slightly longer than the walleyes. If you can get a water temperature of the river, this will help you plan your trip.

Anywhere from Birchdale, West to the mouth of the lake you'll find sturgeon.

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Thanks for thr info Sandee! From the past few years experience do you believe that my dates should work out? Thanks again.

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From past experience, the last 2 weeks in April seem to be the best. Could be less anglers after the walleye season ends? Just remember, if the river muddies up, it doesn't keep the sturgeon from biting.

Good Luck!

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