We’ve had plenty of Sun with a little heat wave going on, and anglers will tell you that can have an effect on fishing. The walleye bite has been strongest in the morning and jigging with a minnow or crawler has been working best. The walleye are hanging near submerged structure like Erickson’s reef in 25 to 30 feet of water, but can also be pulled from 10 to 15 feet of water near the islands. Ranier Rapids has been a good area for both walleye and smallmouth bass, and the bass bite has been fairly steady. Bass are chasing after top water lures.
The general theory is the fish don’t like the brightest part of the day, but that hasn’t stopped anglers from pulling in some trophy sized northern pike at any time of the day. The large pike can be found in the same areas you find smaller fish congregating so give it a try. For pike, use a large lure or a big minnow.
It’s been great weather for just boating on Rainy Lake and stopping at a beach to lounge or at a day-use site for a picnic. If you don’t have a boat, get out on the water aboard the Voyageur tour boat. The Voyageur does the Grand Tour of Rainy Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at 2:00 pm. There are also excursions in canoes available from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
The newly dedicated Rainy Lake Recreation Trail extension to the Visitor Center has been getting some steady use, it’s a great trail to walk, bike or roller blade. If you wish, you can follow the trail from International Falls east along the south shore of Rainy River to Ranier and from there along the south shore of Rainy Lake all the way to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. If you want to cool down, you happen to go past both the Ranier City Beach and International Falls City Beach Park.