One of the best tasting fish in Minnesota is the Black Crappie, which are plentiful in the vast Rainy Lake waters. To eat them, you must first catch them. It's always a good idea to check with local bait stores on the best lures for crappies, but most crappie fishers get a supply of live minnows as they are the natural food source and crappie's favorite meal.
It's best to go with ultra light rods and 2-6# line which helps in feeling the "light bite." Bobbers are a good idea for younger anglers, but not necessary. While the world record crappie is 6 pounds, the typical "keeper" in Minnesota lakes is under 1 pound. Spring fishing is perfect for crappie fishing as they can be found along shorelines where there are fallen trees or sharp drop offs. They prefer structure such as weed beds, humps or holes under the water and wind-protected coves with good cover. Early morning yields the best chance of success, and once you find one, there is most likely a school of them at the same spot.
“Before going fishing, anglers should be sure to check page seven of the fishing regulations that details what’s new for 2019,” said Al Stevens, fisheries program consultant with the Department of Natural Resources." The current limit of crappies to have in possession is 10 per licensed angler. And that would make an awesome fish fry!
Eagles and birds take on a new meaning when the snow melts and reveals the greens of golf courses. Golfing in the Rainy Lake area provides plenty of opportunities to experience wildlife. In fact, it's the only time that shooting an "Eagle" is legal. Here is one of the few places in North America that you can golf in two countries in the same day! The River Golf Course is on the US side of the Rainy River while Kitchen Creek and Heron Landing are a short hop across the border. Grab your passport and some buddies to make up an International golfing team and plan on having a great time in one of North America's most pristine locations.
Since it's establishment in 1975, Voyageurs National Park has provided unparalleled camping experiences. Over 150 sites have been created that can only be accessed from the water as no roads go to any of them. The campsites are equipped with a post to moor a boat or houseboat as well as a picnic table, privy, a fire ring and a bear-proof storage locker. There is no cost to use these campsites, however a permit is needed and can be obtained at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. The only cost is a $10/day boat fee that goes to the park to offset maintenance costs. While many people launch their own boat, others rent one from one of the many resorts and outfitters in the area. The abundance of fish and wildlife and natural beauty are guaranteed to provide an experience that will make memories for a lifetime.