This will be the last weekend to fish for walleye on inland waters, but our border waters will remain open until mid-April. Northern pike, smallmouth bass and crappie remain open as well. That makes our area one of the best places for late season ice fishing. Also, as Rainy River opens up, we are the first spot available for open water fishing. We will keep you posted on when the launches open up.
The forecasters say the cold spell we’ve had is giving in to warmer temperatures and that will mean some fresh snow. That’s good news for snowmobilers, the groomers have the trails in good shape now, a little fresh snow will only help conditions improve.
Ice fishing on Rainy Lake has been best in the morning and evening, jigging with minnows in 25 to 30 feet of water inSand Bay is always popular, but ice road access to areas east of Island View opens up all sorts of possibilities with portable gear.
Snowshoe hikes are planned each Saturday through March 19, a Voyageurs National Park ranger will lead a hike to a different destination each Saturday, just be at the Rainy Lake visitor Center prior to the planned 1pm start. No snowshoes? No problem! The Park service can provide them as well as cross country skis if you’d like to get out on the nearby trail
We are having a bit of a cold spell, and while snowmobilers have the gear to ride in bone-chilling temperatures, Ice anglers have heated shelters. Why not give ice fishing a try. The Rainy Lake Ice Road in Voyageurs National Park provides access for folks with portable gear from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center east to Cranberry Bay and around the north side of Dryweed Island. You don’t have to ice fish to use the road, just go sight seeing, or maybe snowshoeing. There’s a privately plowed road near Point O’ Pines that provides access to Sand Bay.
Walleye fishing has been good early in the day using jigs and minnows. there are also good reports of large northern pike coming from the Rainy Lake City area and occasional reports of schools of crappie hitting hard. Any of the area bait shops will have an idea of the best areas and best presentations while you are here.
Of course the option for cross country skiing or snowshoeing is there for you as well. The Park Service will be offering Ranger led snowshoe hikes from now through March 19, we have additional information on our Calendar of Events, the link is at the top of this page