Floating Bogs were put on the move with recent storms and one has been causing concern in the west end of Rainy Lake heading into the popular islands area west of Grindstone Island. Naturally, our advice is to steer clear of it. Meanwhile, there have been good reports on walleye hitting jigs or spinners tipped with live bait near the submerged reefs east of Grindstone Island and well away from the floating bog. Crappie are hitting in Black Bay and up the Rat Root River to Rat Root Lake. The crappie are apparently a bit finicky, showing up on graphs, but not hitting on the bait. Northern Pike are fairly active in the morning and evening along the weedy edges at the mouth of Cranberry Bay and in Black Bay.
On Rainy River, the outside bends have been producing walleye and smallmouth bass, while the sturgeon anglers are sticking to the shallow flats downstream from any of the deeper holes. The sturgeon tag season is now open and the catch-and-release only North American Sturgeon Championships are coming up August 19, 2017 at Nelson Park in Birchdale.
For the most up-to-date information you can call the International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1 800 325 5766.