What will the early warm weather mean for walleye fishing? we’ll find out after anglers check the walleye opener action. The speculation is that walleye will be active and foraging, and as usual early n the season, jigging with a minnow is expected to produce the best results. For Rainy Lake, the issue is weather the walleye will be closer to the shorelines and bays or moving out to structure in the deeper waters. Either way, jigging with a shiner minnow will probably work best and it won’t take long to find out if the walleye are on the reefs.
Crappie season is open continuously on Rainy Lake and some anglers have been trying to fill a limit but the crappie have not been cooperating. Northern Pike is also open continuously and there have been some pretty large northern pike caught in 10 to 15 feet of water using a spinner rig tipped with a large minnow.
On Rainy River, anglers have been trying for large sturgeon. The tag season closed yesterday, but catch-and-release is allowed until May 15th. For sturgeon, the best bet has been finding the deeper holes near current and rigging a hook with a sinker heavy enough to get the bait just off the bottom. Most anglers are tipping their hooks with several crawlers and that seems to be working well.
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