We are getting the cooler temperatures overnight, and that will be triggering fall colors, the set-on of a stronger game fish bite, fall dispersal of grouse broods and archery hunters stalking in the fall woods.
Let’s start with the game fish bite, walleye can be found feeding on the plentiful forage around the submerged humps and rocky island shorelines of Rainy Lake. That is also where you might find some crappie schooling too. The smallmouth bass and northern pike will likely be closer to the weedy shorelines of the bays. The way to get the bite is to standout from everything else in the lake right now. Think spinner rigs for walleye and crappie or poppers and large spoons for smallmouth and northern pike.
Grouse hunters will be hitting the woodlands about the time the broods of grouse from this spring are breaking up. That means you might flush several birds at one time. Or, that you might encounter grouse in habitat you would never suspect of holding some birds. Whitetail deer hunters will be out for the archery season too, be mindful to give archery hunters some room if you encounter them while grouse hunting or just hiking for the fall colors.
Green is still the dominant color in the forest, but some shrubs and maples are tossing off a show of early color and it won’t be long before we can see the full show. Expect fall colors to last into October.
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