Odds are you'll take any excuse to take a short reprieve when October arrives. The newness of the school year wore off, and by then, the hustle and bustle of work and activities mount knowing an even busier holiday season looms around the bend.
An autumn break to Rainy Lake offers a unique splendor you deserve to experience. Two particular weekends come to mind: October 5-6 and October 19-20.
Changing Leaves: October 5-6
Nothing symbolizes fall more than leaves changing color, and the backdrop of Voyageur National Park provides a particularly gorgeous setting. While partial change begins in late September, the park reaches its peak during the weekend. Grab a light jacket, get on the water, and watch the ablaze foliage shimmer its spectrum of crimson and amber.
It's the time of year where the air crispens and wildlife begin their Minnesota goodbyes. See them before they leave for winter.
Orionid Meteor Shower: October 19-20
Late in the month, the remnants of Hailey's Comet explode through the sky off of the belt of the Orion constellation. Bundle up a bit, as temperatures will hover around freezing, or better yet, cozy up next to a loved one under a blanket and fix your eyes on the midnight sky. There's no need to pack a telescope or binoculars. Your naked eye is more than enough to see these interstellar ice shards vaulting their way through the darkness.
Experts predict the peak of the shower to happen on Monday or Tuesday if you can extend your visit, and you should. The light of the moon often masks the full meteor display, but in 2019, the lunar calendar predicts a three-quarter moon going into a dark, new moon. Less light. More magic.
Forget Friday Night Lights for one week and see natural wonders up close. You may even witness a more spectacular set of lights, the Northern Lights. Use our predictor tool to see what Aurora Borealis is up to during your visit.
September will come and go quicker than you think. Plan your mini vacation before it’s too late. We can help.
Most of us look forward to summer after long, Minnesota winters. We know, however, there are more than a few who yearn for the calmer, cooler, and bug-free solace of autumn.
In Rainy Lake, Ranier, International Falls, and Voyageur National Park, visitors benefit from fall weather that arrives sooner than the rest of the state. It's the start of a wonderful season for those seeking a slower pace.
Away from busy lake activity, our area experiences a serene sense of quiet save for the few hunters patiently waiting for the perfect shot on fowl.
Temperatures nestle in between 70 degrees around Labor Day and taper off to the low 60s by month's end. The natural splendor of the United States' only water-based national park fails to disappoint.
Plenty of wildlife continue to bask in the moderate temperatures. It's a perfect atmosphere for less-than-avid outdoors folk to hike, walk a trail, or take in a guided tour as humidity gives way to more refreshing air.
While there's always a quiet expanse to stake your claim for a stay, the start of fall sees even fewer tourists to interrupt your picturesque oasis.
Place yourself amid the signals of autumn this September. Plan a trip to our area. We'll help you get started on all this region has to offer.
Pattern one: Walleyes are keying in on deeper weed structure right now. Weedy bays or weedy shorelines where the wind is actively washing in have been most productive. Walleye spinners (tipped with minnows or crawlers) or a 1/8 oz. jig and a minnow have been the go-to presentations.
Pattern two: Some walleyes are beginning their transition to deeper structure. Break lines or reef tops in the twenty to thirty-five range that are near spring spawning habitats are a good place to start looking with your electronics. ¼ oz. jigs and lindy rigs are catching fish. As always, areas of current have been producing fish. Current fish are showing up in the twenty-five to thirty-five foot range.
With the cooler June weather some bass are amazingly still guarding nests. Most of this activity is happening near the deeper colder parts of the lake. In other parts of the lake bass are transitioning away from spawning and are actively feeding in shallow water. Any boulders, points or rock-weed combinations are great places to target. Two to six feet appears to be the range. Plastics, twitch baits, top-waters, and in line spinners are working.
Some crappies continue to be caught using small jigs or slip bobbers in the four to six-foot range. Weeds or a combination of rock structure and weeds is often the ticket. Other crappies are beginning to school up on break lines, points or sunken brush piles if you can find them.
Weeds, weeds and more weeds. The best pike action is coming from deeper weed lines (five to ten feet), especially windblown weeds or areas where the wind has been blowing for the past couple of days and is now calm. Spinner-baits, buzz-baits, top-waters and spoons are great lures to work weedy structure with. As always, windy points and shorelines fished with suspending twitch baits is a good option. Like walleye, some of the pike are moving toward deeper water (15 to 30 feet) as they transition to summer forage.
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