The weather has made some pretty wide swings lately and that has had an effect on the fish. The best site has been on the warmer days, but that’s also when the most anglers are out. At any rate, walleye are hanging around the submerged structures and responding best to live bait and bright colored jigs or spinners. Crappie and northern pike have been most active around the weedy edges of bays. Smallmouth bass are being found along the rocky shorelines, try casting a lure into the shadows near the shoreline.
The North American Sturgeon Championship proved there are lots of sturgeon in Rainy River, it is a catch and release tournament so they are all right back in the river. Eian Gustafson (13) of Karlstad won the cash prize of $2,630.00 with a 58 inch sturgeon. Walleye anglers say the bite on the river is pretty good too, they are dragging spinner rigs through the current slowly in 12 to 18 feet of water.
Some birders have been out and around because some songbirds are already beginning to migrate south providing more opportunities. Voyageurs National Park offers many hiking trails where it’s very likely to spot wildlife winged and otherwise.
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