Anglers are reporting walleye hitting on shiner minnows in 25 to 30 feet of water about an hour or two after sunrise and and hour or two before sunset. The most popular area is in Sand Bay. There have also been some perch and crappie mixed in. The advice is once crappie start hitting your jig, start fishing a little further off the bottom, they generally hang a few feet above where the walleye are feeding.
If you are looking for large northern pike, try a tip-up and large minnow in 10-to-15 feet of water around the mouth of Black Bay or Cranberry Bay.
Snowmobilers will find the best conditions in the State, and it doesn’t hurt that groomers are now working with another new 2 to 4 inces of snow. The National Park Service reports the snowmobile, ski and snowshoe trails are all in good shape. If you want to give a try at skiing or snowshoeing, head for the Rainy Lake Visitor Center where they have snowshoes and skis and easy access to the trails
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