The weather is cooling and the fish have become more aggressive. Walleye anglers are having success in 25 to 30 feet of water on the submerged structure and along the windswept shorelines. Jigging with a minnow, leech or worm in the calmer weather, and trolling a spinner rig and minnow in the rougher waters. Smallmouth bass have been hitting from the shorelines from roughly Dove Bay to Cranberry Bay. Black Bay and Cranberry Bay are the hot spots for northern pike.
Rainy River has been seeing more action for walleye anglers lately using emerald shiner minnows in 15-20 feet of water. The stretch from the dam at International Falls Downstream to about Browns Corner has been best near International Falls. Downstream, the best areas are between the Little Fork and Big Fork Rivers.
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