North American Sturgeon Championship today

A question begging to be answered is, will anyone bring in a new state record sturgeon during the 30th annual North American Sturgeon Championship and Youth Championship that will be held on August 21?

Darren Troseth caught the record on February 9, 2019, and his 78 inches long, 29 ½ inch girth monster weighed in at a whopping 120 pounds. While a new record is unlikely, plenty of big fish are in the offing if one can reel them in.

The North American Sturgeon Championship takes place every year in Minnesota waters on the Rainy River about a 1/2 mile upriver and about a mile downriver from the Nelson Landing in Birchdale.

On Saturday, August 21, the 7th annual North American Youth Sturgeon Championship will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sponsoring the tournament once again is the River Valley Development Association (RVDA). The RVDA is a registered non-profit, all-volunteer organization that holds several fundraisers each year to raise money to operate the Area Community building located in Birchdale.

Soren Olesen is the founding chairman of the RVDA which has been in operation since 1998. During the tournament the Birchdale church will have a small concession stand by the registration table and t-shirts available to purchase.

Youth contest

All kids 17 years old and younger can register for free to fish in the tournament. Everybody who registers and fishes will receive a door prize after the con-test is done at a small ceremony by the registration table. Prizes are purchased from local sporting goods stores with money donated by local people, businesses, and organizations. The longest measured three fish will receive a plaque with the angler who has brought in the longest fish named the champion. Judge boats must help measure the fish. The winner will receive a grand prize in addition to the trophy plaque.

North American Sturgeon Championship

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the 30th annual North American Sturgeon Championship will occur in the same area as the youth tournament. Anglers will fish between the buoys located upriver and downriver from the Nelson Landing in Birchdale. The longest measured sturgeon will win half the entry money, and the rest of the funds raised will go to the RVDA to help operate the Community Building. Judge boats on the water must assist in measuring the fish, and the tournament is strictly a catch and release contest. Therefore, all fish must be returned immediately to the water. All Minnesota fishing and boating regulations must be followed. It also must be noted that at this time, that sturgeon fishing season is currently closed in Ontario.

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