Anglers say the walleye have gathered around the submerged structures in Rainy Lake, which usually means you’ll find the best fishing east of Brule Narrows. Word is crawlers are working better than other baits and the best bet is jigging with a crawler. Crappie can be pulled in around the Rat Root River and west end of Black Bay. Northern Pike are being caught in the warmer and weedier bays like Jackfish Bay and Cranberry Bay.
Smallmouth Bass will be the focus with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship taking place this week. Don’t expect to many of the pros to say anything about where or how they caught their bass. However, folks fishing Rainy River have mentioned a good smallmouth bite as well as mention of some large sturgeon. The sturgeon tag season ends in September. Anglers say they are catching sturgeon larger than the 45-to-50 inchers allowe3d for a tag.
Meanwhile, it will be getting hot in borderland with temperatures in the high 80’s and high humidity levels. It should be a perfect time to get out and enjoy water skiing, swimming or just sitting on a beach. If you don’t have a boat, be sure to check out the International Falls city Beach Park and Ranier Beach, the are both just off county road 20 east of International Falls on Rainy Lake.
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