Birch Point continues to be the walleye hotspot for ice anglers. The best bet is earlier in the day in 25 to 30 feet of water. Shiner minnows and jigging spoons are working for the walleye while large minnows are pulling in some sizeable northern pike. The big pike are more prevalent around the Rainy Lake City area of Black Bay.
The snowmobile trail from Rainy Lake through to Crane Lake is open and staked. The National Park Service warns that the on-land portages along the lake trails may be in rough shape. Some snow is in the forecast, and that’s what is needed to build a better base to groom. Cross country skiers will be looking for a bit more snow as well.
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