Walleye, smallmouth bass and crappie have all been more active in the late afternoon and into the evening. Walleye have transitioned to the submerged reefs that are around 30 feet deep. There are several of these humps east of the islands north of Jackfish Bay. There are also some hot spots in Sand Bay. Jigging with a bright colored jig and live bait will do the trick. Smallmouth bass have been hanging near the rocky shorelines and weedy edges of the bays. Crappie fishing has been best in Black Bay and back into the Rat Root River on the west end of the Bay.
In Rainy River, walleye are being pulled from the faster waters and structure below the dam at International Falls and sturgeon anglers are checking the wider bends downstream. The North American Sturgeon Championships will be held Saturday at Nelson Park in Birchdale.
For the most up-to-date information you can call the International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at (218) 283-9400.
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