Fewer anglers have been getting out, but those that do are being rewarded with a solid walleye and crappie bite. The hottest area is Black Bay, but walleye can also be found along the windswept shorelines in 15 to 20 feet of water. Jigging or trolling with a minnow is the best bet. Rainy River walleye continue to hit minnows below the dam at International Falls. This last weekend of October promises to be pretty nice and will be a great opportunity to fit in a bit more fishing.
Grouse hunters are finding more birds as the cover has been thinning, however, the assessment is the total numbers are down from last year despite a solid increase in drumming counts this spring. Fall color watchers are just about out-of-luck. Not all the leaves are down, but certainly the brightest colors have hit the ground.
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