Outdoors Update

Current Report: 8-14-14

Rainy Lake and International Falls.

Smallmouth bass anglers are now pre-fishing for the upcoming International Falls Bass Championship and they are generally closedmouth bass anglers. No one has been talking about the bass bite. However, walleye anglers are proudly noting they are getting nice walleye from the submerged reefs throughout the lake. Leeches and minnows are the preferred bait and somewhere between 25 and 35 feet of water is best. Anglers also report pulling in some large northern pike near the submerged reefs. Some of the hottest spots are between Grindstone Island and Brule Narrows. East of the Brule you will probably do best nearer Kettle Falls.

Rainy River walleye continue to hit both above and below the rapids at Ranier, below the dam at International Falls and near the mouth of the Little Fork River. In those areas, fish in the obvious current, but not the areas with the positively strongest current. Elsewhere in the river look for 12 to 20 feet of water in a bend, then troll slowly against the current with a spinner rig and shiner minnow.

For the most up-to-date information you can call the International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1 800 325 5766.

Rainy Lake is a world-class fishery.

There are 940 miles of shoreline – with another 635 miles around 1,600 islands.   Rainy Lake is regarded as one of the most scenic fishing vacation destinations in the Midwest.

So, if you are fishing for a great vacation, plan your Rainy Lake and Rainy River vacation today! Come to our neck of the woods – and enjoy world-class fishing – and scenery that is second to none!

If you are looking for sure fishing success, consider hiring a fishing guide for year ‘round fishing adventures you will long remember. Call our office at 1-800-FALLS-MN for recommendations.

Troll our web @ www.rainylake.org or call us at 1-800-FALLS-MN for more vacation planning information. Pete Schultz, Director of the International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, prepares this report.


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