Positively Balmy Finish for Summer!
The last week before Labor Day promises to be excellent summer weather with abundant sunshine, high temperatures reaching into the 80’s and lows in the 60’s. Take advantage of the great weather and the long weekend and get out on Rainy Lake and into Voyageurs National Park. There’s speculation the warmer and sunnier weather will send the walleye a little deeper on the submerged reefs seeking their perfect temperature strata. Also, the sunlight will have an effect, the walleye tend to stay in the shadows to make it easier to strike at prey. If you can, fish with the sun at your back. that will tend to keep bait in the shadows, or just beyond. Smallmouth bass we pretty active for the very successful 2015 International Falls Bass Championship, but naturally, no one is keen on telling where they were fishing or what they were using. You’ll do well though casting lures to the rocky points, especially the windward sides. Some pretty big northern pike have been pulled from Lost Bay and Cranberry Bay.
Hikers will start seeing migrating songbirds starting about now. Some waterfowl and woodcock will be migrating through the area too, but that will be more noticeable later in September. Some maple trees are starting to turn red, but green is still the predominant color in the woods. Along with the more moderate weather, September also means fewer annoying insects, it is a perfect time to get out and hike or bike, pick some late season berries, go fishing, swim or just laze around a beach.