RAINY LAKE: RATED BEST SUNSET
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Rainy River is open from the dam, downriver past Pelland Junction. Anglers are waiting for the accesses to be opened so they can fit in some of the earliest open water fishing available. The photo shows Kuttes Landing just west of International Falls where the anglers have beaten a path to the open water to fish from shore.
The walleye season extends to April 14 on our border waters, plus you can try for huge sturgeon that lurk the river waters. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only, and please be careful handling them, Rainy River is one of the true success stories in efforts to reestablish the species.
Rainy Lake anglers continue to get out, seeking walleye and crappie in 18 to 24 feet of water around Sand Bay, and using tip ups for big northern pike around Black Bay.
Trail conditions are deteriorating and you expect them to be closed very soon.
Yes, it's been calm on our waters, everyone appears to be busy with fall projects or heading to the hunting grounds. I couldn't find anyone that had recently gone fishing on either the Lake or River so the best I can do is repeat what I was told last week. Walleye are running up the river chasing emerald shiners and can be caught along the weedy edges of bends or where you find a bit more current. On Rainy Lake, the best fishing was for crappie in the west end of Black Bay.
Bird hunters are getting out more with several dry sunny days helping knock down more of the forest cover. Hunters believe they are seeing more grouse, but waterfowl hunters have been disappointed with seeing few migrating birds.
If you're just out for the fall colors, this will probably be the last weekend as the leaves are coming down daily. Some trees though have just turned and will hold some colors into next week
Walleye run upstream on Rainy River in the fall, chasing an annual run of emerald shiner minnows. You can find walleye lurking on the weedy edges and below the confluence of feeder streams. Naturally, you should use an emerald shiner minnow. Spinner rigs are usually best for river fishing because of the current. The sturgeon tag season ended Sunday, but catch-and-release is still an option.
We have had some wet weather that has kept anglers off the lake, but there have been some sunny days too. Word is walleye on the reefs and points, northern pike at the mouths of bays and crappie in the west end of Black Bay and up into Rat Root Lake.
Fall colors are probably peaking in most of Koochiching County. There are still some green leaves, but the mix of colors has probably reached the maximum as the leaves have been coming down with the winds we've had.
Leaves coming down are the desired effect for the grouse hunting crowd, with thinning cover, it's easier to spot and flush the birds. Koochiching County has vast tracts of excellent habitat open to the public and sprinkled with hunter walking trails. If you'd like a map, just send me your mailing address. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org