Current Report July 26, 2017
It looks like some warmer weather in the forecast which should result in walleyes transitioning to the submerged reefs in the main lake. The best presentations will be jigs tipped with live bait and kept a foot or two off the bottom. There are several submerged reefs between the Jackfish Bay area and Brule Narrows. Smallmouth Bass can be found around the edges of weed beds and it’s also possible to pull in a large northern pike. Crappie are hitting on light jigs and minnows around Black Bay.
On Rainy River, the walleye and bass are both hanging in areas of stronger current, like below the dam or below any of the rapids or large tributaries. There have been good reports of large sturgeon now that the tag season has opened. Sturgeon tend to stay in the deeper waters and venture downstream to forage so the popular tactic is to graph a deep spot then anchor downstream and keep a large hook with several crawlers near the bottom with a heavy sinker.
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