Reports from anglers have been mixed, the bite has been a little slow and concentrations of walleye a little harder to find. However, smallmouth bass have been more active and can be found along the rocky shorelines and weedy edges of the bays along the south shore of Rainy Lake.
Walleye anglers expect the upcoming stretch of stable warm weather will cause the walleye to start congregating on the submerged structure throughout the lake, try checking in about 30 to 35 feet of water.
Rainy River is giving up bass below the dam at International Falls. Although it is now closed, the sturgeon tag season runs from July 1 to September 30 and allows tag holders to keep one per season. The sturgeon must be within the 24 to 50 inch slot, or a trophy size over 75 inches. River stretches near Birchdale are popular for sturgeon, you can launch at Nelson Park below the rapids, or at Franz Jevne State Park above the rapids. Sturgeon also tend to concentrate below the dam at International Falls.
Rising water temperatures also put more people in the lake. City Beach just east of Ranier is a popular spot to soak up a little sun, or splash around some cooler water. There's also a small beach right in Ranier that is available to the public.
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