Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Rainy Lake and Rainy River lately. On the Lake, anglers are still finding walleye in about 20 feet of water near the rocky shorelines, but they are also starting to show up around the submerged structures in a little deeper water. The shoals east of Brule Narrows are likely spots.On Rainy river the walleye fishing has been best in areas with stronger current like above and below the Ranier Rapids and below the dam at International Falls. Some northern pike and smallmouth bass are being pulled from the same areas in the river.
We've had some nice sunny weather and Rainy Lake is warming, which has triggered a better bite. Walleye are now being found in 18 feet of water around structure like the rocky shorelines or submerged reefs. Popular areas have been around the east end of Sand Bay, the west end of Black Bay and the reefs between Grindstone Island and Brule Narrows. You'll probably be able to hook some bass along the rocky shorelines as well. There have been some good reports on crappie in Black Bay.
Rainy River fishing has been good around areas with stronger current, such as below the Ranier Rapids, downstream from the dam and below the Manitou or Upper Sault rapids.
The forests have greened up nicely and you will be seeing the young of the year, which prompts a reminder. If you see bear cubs, the sow is not far away, and she will be very protective.
Rainy Lake has been warming, and that makes the fish more active. The walleye bite has been good in about 12 feet of water along the rocky shorelines. Jigging with a minnow is working well, but so is slow trolling a spinner rig and minnow. Some nice northern are being caught along the weedy edges of the bays. Rainy River anglers have been doing well in the stretch from the dam in International Falls to the bend west of the golf course.