Ice anglers are having great success around Birch Point in Sand Bay. Jigging with a shiner minnow in about 30 feet of water is working best. Anglers say they are pulling in plenty of walleye with some crappie mixed in. Meanwhile. the northern pike anglers are setting up around Rainy Lake City and near Cranberry Bay. Those with portable gear are trying the areas around Dryweed Island for walleye. but that has been a matter of finding the right spot at the right time. Birtch Point has been far more reliable.
Snowmobilers are finding some of the best conditions in the state, all the trails have a good base and are being groomed regularly. Some pressure ridges have formed near the lake surface trails. The cross country ski and snowshoe trails are all open and tracked.
Last August, the Scott Martin Challenge came to Rainy Lake to fish against the Champion University of Minnesota team. They packed a whole day of fishing fun into a little over 20 minutes. see it here.
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