The annual fishing derby will be held Saturday, February 25th on Rainy Lake. Proceeds from this fund-raiser go toward improving the area fisheries. You can’t put a line in the water until 1:00 pm, but you can come early and scout for a spot. Prizes will be awarded in four categories and there will also be raffle prizes awarded. You need a $10.00 raffle ticket to enter the derby area.
For those that are just fishing Rainy Lake for fun, the walleye fishing has been best in the morning and early afternoon. Anglers say jigging with a shiner minnow will do the trick for both walleye and crappie. If you hit a group of crappie, switch to a smaller jig and use the smallest minnows.
Snowmobilers are having a ball. trails are in excellent shape right now and it looks like the weather will be fairly moderate for a ride. In addition, the International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club hosts their 9th Annual Speed Run against Cancer at the Thunderbird Lodge on Saturday, Febraury 18th. If you want to take part, be there by 11:30 am for registration, runs will start at noon. Cross country skiers and snowshoers are also hitting the trails. The Black Bay and Tilson Bay trails are in great shape.
There are also some fun programs coming up at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center for Voyageurs National Park, such as a class on lacing your own snowshoes. There will be some fund events and entertainment at the Backus Community Center over the next couple of weeks too. You can check our calendar of events for everything going on in the area just go to the top of the home page and click on events.