We've had some nice sunny weather and Rainy Lake is warming, which has triggered a better bite. Walleye are now being found in 18 feet of water around structure like the rocky shorelines or submerged reefs. Popular areas have been around the east end of Sand Bay, the west end of Black Bay and the reefs between Grindstone Island and Brule Narrows. You'll probably be able to hook some bass along the rocky shorelines as well. There have been some good reports on crappie in Black Bay.
Rainy River fishing has been good around areas with stronger current, such as below the Ranier Rapids, downstream from the dam and below the Manitou or Upper Sault rapids.
The forests have greened up nicely and you will be seeing the young of the year, which prompts a reminder. If you see bear cubs, the sow is not far away, and she will be very protective.
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