Walleye have been very active in Rainy Lake, and apparently the key is the wind. Jigging with a minnow along the windswept shorelines has been the best bet. The bite has been good in many areas where the wind has been right, like Lost Bay, west of Brule Narrows, or Saginaw Bay east of the narrows.
Don’t forget about Rainy River, the walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on the river. There’s a stretch above the dam accessible from the Pat Roche Access near the Voyageurs National Park headquarters. Below the dam, the Ron Hall access on Shorewood Drive puts you a mile or two downstream from the dam.
The forests are alive with activity as nesting birds go about their business and small mammals forage for fresh foods. There are quite a few hiking trails that provide excellent opportunities for wildlife watching.
It’s that time of year, when anglers can pull in a one of the largest freshwater fish around, the Lake Sturgeon of Rainy River. The tag season remains open until May 7, then there will be a week of catch-and-release allowed with the season to close all together May 16 through June 30. Rainy River accesses in International Falls and nearby provide access to likely spots. The advise is to use heavier gear, a solid leader, strong line, a large hook and a fairly heavy sinker. You want to place a hook baited with crawlers or minnows or both just the bottom. Most people look for a deeper part of the river to drop a line for the sturgeon.