It’s been windy, but those getting out on the lake report walleye are hitting on minnows surprisingly close to the windswept shorelines of islands from Sand Bay to Brule Narrows. East of Brule Narrows, they are finding walleye on the submerged reefs in 20 to 30 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are also lurking along the island shorelines, but are more likely in areas with some weed cover. Crappie have been hitting in Black Bay, and for the most part, within a quarter miles of the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
Fall colors should start their big show very soon, some aspen are turning yellow, and there’s the occasional splash of red maple leaves, but for the most part, the forest is still green in Northern Minnesota. Ruffed grouse and bear hunters have been out and find there’s a lot of brush and cover in the forest yet, but there are bear and grouse being taken. The DNR estimate on bear harvest for our area is down a bit from last year, while the spring grouse drumming count was up indicating hunters should see more birds this season.
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