State Wide Lake Sturgeon Fishing~Nice Job MN DNR!
This year the MN DNR opened the Lake Sturgeon fishing State wide including all border waters to catch and release fishing. The WI DNR as agreed to do the same although their process takes a little longer, it should be open next year. This will make it less confusing on the border waters like the Mississippi and St Croix Rivers. As it sits now, we can only fish the MN waters on the Mississippi. The St Croix is a little more complicated as the MN/WI catch and keep season is open through the end of September then it's catch and release on both side until the middle of the month. The WI side closes completely however the MN side will stay open until March for catch and release fishing. I'm really looking forward to next year when the States are aligned! (I would recommend checking the laws for the water you're fishing)
The St Croix is a growing fishery for Lake Sturgeon just a bit East of the Metro area. It's been the only place a person could target Sturgeon beside the 8 hour drive to Lake of the Woods. But now with the DNR's blessing we also have the Mississippi River that's been the hidden gem. The area I fish is the fabled walleye/sauger fishery of Pool 4, below the Red Wing dam.