Voyageurs National Park remains accessible during the Government shutdown. You can still use the ice roads, snowmobile, ski and snowshoe trails, however, there will be no maintenance or grooming so use discretion.
Meanwhile, Rainy Lake is giving up walleye and sauger in the morning hours in about 25 feet of water. Glow jigs and spoons are working best, especially when tipped with a smaller minnow. Sand Bay and Black Bay are the hot spots. The bait shops can update you on what you should try and where.
Yesterday at 4pm, the Journal captures the International Falls Skol Chant at Smokey Bear Park.
What is the Skol Chant?
When the Vikings moved into U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016, they started a new tradition at home games, called the "Skol Chant." At various points during the game, Viking fans raise their hands and clap once after the beat of two drum beats then yelling, "Skol!"
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Video by Emily Gedde
Rainy Lake ice anglers say walleye and sauger have been most active early in the day. The best bet has been a glow jig and minnow just off the bottom in about 25 feet of water. Many areas of Sand Bay fit the bill, but anglers have been getting out to area further east on Rainy Lake too. For big Northern Pike, Black Bay remains the best place to be.
Snowmobile trails are staked and groomed providing easier access on Rainy Lake and connections to the other Voyageurs National Park lakes and commiunities.