Anglers are starting to watch the Rainy River, expecting the annual fall run of walleyes. The wide bends in the river and areas below the tributaries will hold the most walleye and the preferred bait will be emerald shiner minnows slow trolled on a spinner rig.
On Rainy Lake, walleye are concentrated near the submerged reefs in around 25 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are starting to show up on the structure that is around 15 feet deep. Crappie are hitting on smaller minnows in Black Bay and Rat Root Lake. Northern Pike can be found near the weed beds along the south shore of Rainy Lake, try Cranberry Bay and Lost Bay.
For the most up-to-date information you can call the International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1 800 325 5766.