Everyone will want to make the best of the last long weekend of the summer and it looks like the weather will cooperate for Labor Day. Right now, it looks like pretty moderate temperatures and a fairly low chance of rain or thunderstorms. Maybe this is you chance to fit in a little more canoeing or kayaking, or hike into the forest to see if any leaves are starting to turn. If you’re thinking of a fishing excursion, the walleye are hitting from 30 feet around the submerged reefs and around 20 feet along the rocky windward shorelines. Crappie have been hanging around the mouth of Black Bay and around the crappie cribs. Northern Pike are hitting from the weedy edges of the bays.
For you smallmouth bass anglers, the bite must have been good considering the success of the International Falls Bass Championship. Nathan Brigham and Brett Meyers posted a two day total of 36.04 pounds to win. The Bass Championship is the premier bass tournament in Minnesota and fills Smokey Bear Park with fun for three days every August. If you want to plan on being here next year, plan on the last weekend before Labor Day.
If you just want to get out for a drive, we can provide some ideas. The key to finding really colorful splashes as the leaves turn is to encounter a variety of mixed hardwoods. That mixed variety also means traveling through subtle changes in the eco-system that can increase the odds of encountering wildlife, bring a camera. If you are a hunter, bring a shotgun. There are vast tracts of public land open to the public, however, hunting is not allowed within the National Park.
If you’re wondering what sort of Labor Day Celebrations will be going on, check our calendar. Click on the “Events” tab at the top of the page menu bar. If you have questions, feel free to mail, the address is just below along with alternative contact information.
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