We've been having some great weather for summer recreation and enough rain to hold down the fire danger. and keep the forests green with fresh growth. That's a good thing for the forest wildlife.
The Rainy Lake Guide Association tells us walleye are making their way to the typical main lake structures. Fish the reef tops from 15 to 20 with 1/8 to 1/4 oz jigs, lindy rigs or slip bobbers. Minnows and leeches have both been working well.
Crappie can be found on shoreline breaks and sunken brush piles in the 18 to 28 foot range. Check the rocky shorelines for smallmouth bass and expect northern pike on the deeper structures.
Berry picking time is at hand, blueberries are pretty plentiful and can be found on islands throughout the Park. Raspberries might be a bit more common on the edges of forestry roads in Koochiching County.
Birders and wildlife watchers are being treated to whitetail does with fawns in tow. There are lots of nice hiking trails where you are likely to encounter wildlife.
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