Walleye run upstream on Rainy River in the fall, chasing an annual run of emerald shiner minnows. You can find walleye lurking on the weedy edges and below the confluence of feeder streams. Naturally, you should use an emerald shiner minnow. Spinner rigs are usually best for river fishing because of the current. The sturgeon tag season ended Sunday, but catch-and-release is still an option.
We have had some wet weather that has kept anglers off the lake, but there have been some sunny days too. Word is walleye on the reefs and points, northern pike at the mouths of bays and crappie in the west end of Black Bay and up into Rat Root Lake.
Fall colors are probably peaking in most of Koochiching County. There are still some green leaves, but the mix of colors has probably reached the maximum as the leaves have been coming down with the winds we've had.
Leaves coming down are the desired effect for the grouse hunting crowd, with thinning cover, it's easier to spot and flush the birds. Koochiching County has vast tracts of excellent habitat open to the public and sprinkled with hunter walking trails. If you'd like a map, just send me your mailing address. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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