Word is mayflies are hatching around Rainy Lake, and that will change fishing. The hatch usually occurs in June so maybe they should be called Juneflies. Much of this depends on the water temperatures warming the shallow bays, and that has happened. The hatch usually signals a good bite from the walleye, smallmouth and crappie around the windward shorelines to be followed by a strong shift to the submerged reefs. Anglers have been doing well jigging with shiner minnows, as well as slow trolling spinner rigs with minnows.
Voyageurs National Park boat tours have started, as have many other interpretive programs and you can check out the schedule by clicking the events tab above. The park has been popular, seeing steady use of the Rainy Lake Visitor Center ramp and parking area. There are many other public accesses on Rainy Lake and Rainy River, and you can check those out through the maps tab above.
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