The border water walleye season remains open until April 14. Sand Bay is the most popular area and walleye are hitting on live bait throughout the daylight hours. We suggest using a bright colored jig. The bright color allows the fish to see it from a long distance. Other areas on /rainy are seeing angler traffic, like Black Bay, where walleye and crappie are possible, but so are large northern pike and they will respond to larger minnows on a bare hook. Use weights to keep your bait around 6 inches from the bottom.
Rainy River is also a spring option, but for now the ice is not stable enough and the launches are not clear of that ice yet, so be patient. The warmer weather will probably result in the accesses being cleared soon. If you do want to try some of the earlies open water fishing in the region remember to practice social distancing while launching, respect the parking regulations and the area residents driveways and accesses and do not stray into Canadian waters, that border is closed.
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