A summer pattern has set in for walleye on Rainy Lake. anglers are finding them fairly consistently around the submerged reefs like Olson’s and Erickson’s west of Brule Narrows and around Saginaw Bay on the east side. Use your electronics to check for activity in 25 to 30 feet of water. Jigging with either a leech or minnow has been working well, as have bright colors. Smallmouth bass are hanging near weed beds along the southern rocky shoreline. Areas from Rainy Lake city all the way east to Lost Bay have been giving up smallies. Crappie fishing has been best in the Rat Root River and the western end of Black Bay. Jigging with a light minnow has been the best bet for crappie.
Another summer pattern would be the fun activities. We are coming up on the Northern Minnesota District Fair, which will be followed up by the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, Crazy Daze, An All Class Reunion, Ranier Days and the International Falls Bass Championship. Click the “events” tab at the top of the page and see a full listing of events.
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