There will be some serious fishing going on as 60 teams try to win the $10,000.00 grand prize in the International Falls Bass Championship. Half the teams fish Rainy Lake the first day and Rainy River the second and the other half does the opposite. The weigh-ins are at Smokey Bear Park in downtown International Falls. The Park is Bass Central for now and there’s lots going on, including craft and food vendors, entertainment, kids and adult games and more.
For the just plain old fisherman, the walleye bite should be pretty good this weekend. Water temperatures have started to cool which usually triggers a stronger bite as all game fish prepare for the winter months. The best bet for walleye is still to jig with live bait in about 30 feet of water near the submerged structures. The crappie bite has been good in Black Bay, particularly around the cribs. Northern Pike are being caught regularly along the weedy shores lines of Black, Cranberry and Jackfish Bays.
More into taking a hike, I’m told there are some shrubs starting to turn color and little splashes of color are showing up in the general backdrop of green throughout northern Minnesota. If riding an ATV is what you want to do, you should know that Koochiching County and neighboring St. Louis County allow ATV travel on county roads outside of incorporated cities, so there are lots of options to ride.
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