As we enter into October, the local forecast is calling for warmer than usual temperatures and there’s not too much chance for precipitation. The fall colors will likely peak within a week or so and the mild weather will certainly get some folks out for a scenic drive or a fall color hike. Some of those hikers will wear blaze orange on and are looking for the elusive ruffed grouse. Grouse drumming counts were up this spring and there’s speculation it will be a very good season. So far though, there’s been a lot of cover and the birds have been holding tight. As the cover comes down, they will be more inclined to flush.
The mild weather is also a blessing for anglers, as the fall bite is usually pretty good. Walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappie are all trying to take full advantage of the fall forage in the lake. You can do well fishing for walleye and crappie around the reef and structure, while the smallmouth and northern pike will be more likely around the shallower shorelines and weed beds.
The navigation bouys on Rainy Lake are being removed and the Voyageurs National Park Visitor Centers have gone to seasonal hours. The Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Kabetogama and Ash River Visitor Centers are closed until the spring.
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