Crappie are biting on Rainy Lake and Black Bay is the most popular spot. Use a small minnow on a light jig. There are crappie cribs placed in Black Bay and those have been among the best areas to fish. Walleye can still be caught on the submerged reefs, some of the best spots have been east of Brule Narrows.
Rainy River walleye are still being pulled from the area below the Ranier Rapids and below the dam at International Falls. Further downstream, the walleye are preferring emerald shiners slow trolled with a spinner rig. Smallmouth bass have also been active in Rainy River with the area from the dam to the Ron Hall access providing the best results.
Fall colors are either peaking or just past peak and with the leaves coming down, small game hunters are reporting seeing more grouse in the uplands. Waterfowl hunters are finding ducks and geese using the regular flyways in the area.
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