The weather is still cooperating to an extent and walleye anglers are finding a pretty good bite on the reefs and windswept shorelines. The best depth is around 20 feet, the best bait has been minnows on a jig and the best areas have been west of Brule Narrows. Well, at least that’s where most anglers are giving it a try. The crappie bite has been good in Black Bay on the west side near the Rat Root River. There is a strong smallmouth bass bite if you hit the southern rocky shorelines from Black Bay to Lost Bay.
The walleye bite has been just as good in the Rainy River, with the best reports coming from the areas downstream from the Little Fork River and from Manitou Rapids west of Loman. Rainy River walleye are hitting on shiner minnows.
Grouse Hunters have been seeing more birds as the cover has thinned but all feel the numbers of birds are down from last year despite a stronger drumming count this spring. This weekend, most hunters will probably be scouting for the upcoming firearms deer season
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