Sure it's November and sure, the water temperatures are dropping as winter settles in. However, people are still getting out on Rainy Lake when the weather is fair enough. The reason is the large northern pike that start feeding very aggressively when the temperatures plummet. The advise is to use a lure bigger than you think you should and troll faster than you think you should. the best areas will be breaks where the bottom drops several feet in depth, also near the mouths of the bays where you can find weed beds on the edges.
Grouse hunters have been seeing fewer grouse rather than more as the leavers and cover have fallen. Some speculate the fairly consistent high winds made the birds extra vigilant about the noise of any approaching potential menace.
Deer hunters are getting their wish, the woods will be white with snow for the opening weekend. Firearm deer season will continue in northern Minnesota until November 19. Good luck hunters.
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