Some pretty warm temperatures have been driving people to the lake, and they are jumping in, not fishing. Anglers that are getting out say the walleye have moved from shoreline haunts and are congregating around the submerged reefs in the deeper parts of the lake. There, the best bet is jigging with a leech. Some anglers are looking for big pike in the weedy edges around the mouths of the bays and some are casting to the shorelines trying for smallmouth bass.
On the river, the main focus has been the sturgeon tag season now underway. You can keep one sturgeon per year providing is is 45 to 50 inches or over 75 inches. A lot of the fishing is catch-and-release and many are hoping to locate a good spot before the 23rd Annual North American Sturgeon Championship on August 15th. The event is headquartered at Birchdale on Rainy River and you can contact Mike Hanson for more information, call 218 244 6886.
For the next week or two, expect to see abundant ripe blueberries and raspberries. If you are out picking some, keep an eye out for wildlife, also attracted by the natural abundance
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