Nice sunny and warm weather can make for a perfect day fishing and boating. In the morning anglers are casting lures to the rocky southern shorelines for smallmouth bass. As the sun comes gets higher in the sky, head for the submerged humps like the series of reefs between Grindstone Island and the Fox Islands. Look for marking in about 25 feet of water and jig for walleye using minnows or leeches. When the sun is high in the sky, head for some of the back bays and try for crappie using smaller minnows on light jigs.
Fishing on Rainy River has also been pretty good, with the best bets being in the current below Ranier Rapids or below the dam at International Falls. Walleye are preferring spinner rigs tipped with minnows. Smallmouth bass are fairly active in much the same areas and you might even pull in a northern pike or two
Beautiful summer weather has settled into Borderland and along with balmy weather we have a great walleye bite. Anglers are having good success around the submerged humps on both sides of the Brule Narrows. If it’s calm jig with a minnow in about 25 feet of water, and troll a spinner rig and minnow in the same area if it’s windy. The best bite has been in the morning. Smallmouth bass can be found along the rocky and weed southern shorelines right now. Crappie are hitting around the mouth of the Rat Root River on the west end of Black Bay.
Rainy River walleye can be found along the slower wide bends in the river in about 15 feet of water, they are reacting best to white or gold spinners and shiner minnows. As usual, there also some good fishing near the heavy currents generated by the dam at International Falls where anglers are finding both walleye and smallmouth bass.
The official start of summer is about ten days away but you’d be hard pressed not to say it is summertime now. Get outside and enjoy
It has warmed up and the immediate forecast is for pretty moderate summer weather. The water temperature also warmed up and that caused walleye and northern pike to be more active. Anglers have been doing well jigging with a minnow in about 20 feet of water when it’s calm and trolling a minnow on a spinner rig in the wind. Popular areas have been Cranberry, Lost and Sand Bays as well as the submerged humps in the open water.
On Rainy River, water clarity has improved as has the walleye bite. Word is you’ll do best with a gold or white spinner tipped with a minnow. You won’t have to go far to find a bite either, reports have been good from the Ranier Rapids to the dam at International Falls and below the dam for a couple miles