Sure it's November and sure, the water temperatures are dropping as winter settles in. However, people are still getting out on Rainy Lake when the weather is fair enough. The reason is the large northern pike that start feeding very aggressively when the temperatures plummet. The advise is to use a lure bigger than you think you should and troll faster than you think you should. the best areas will be breaks where the bottom drops several feet in depth, also near the mouths of the bays where you can find weed beds on the edges.
Grouse hunters have been seeing fewer grouse rather than more as the leavers and cover have fallen. Some speculate the fairly consistent high winds made the birds extra vigilant about the noise of any approaching potential menace.
Deer hunters are getting their wish, the woods will be white with snow for the opening weekend. Firearm deer season will continue in northern Minnesota until November 19. Good luck hunters.
International Falls is made famous by the unforgettable beauty and big catch that comes from Rainy Lake, but you might be missing out on more fishing opportunities in the fall and spring on Rainy River. Due to the border waters (Rainy River borders Canada and United States), there is a special regulation that allows some fishing seasons to be open longer or not close at all. When you visit Rainy Lake, explore the Rainy River. Here's 3 reasons why.
TOP 3 REASONS TO FISH RAINY RIVER
1. The walleye fishing season is longer (from Mid May to Mid April)
2. You can fish the "living fossil": Sturgeon
3. Bass and Northern Pike fishing is open year round
(the fishing season for Bass and Norther Pike does not close on Rainy River)
The best time to fish on Rainy River is the fall and spring.
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A return of summer-like weather brought out more anglers on Rainy River. I was able to check with a group pulling out their boat at the Ron Hall access on Shorewood Drive in International Falls and they had done well fishing for walleye in the current and structure below the dam.
Grouse hunters say they have been seeing more birds now that much of the cover has come down. The DNR has speculated this might be the peak population year for grouse this decade. Koochiching County has miles of hunter walking trails and we could send you a map. Use the information request form on the website and mention you'd like the walking trails map.
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