Anglers say the majority of walleye have moved to the submerged humps throughout the deeper waters of Rainy Lake, yet they are still finding some on the shallower windy points while trying for smallmouth bass. The best fishing is on the humps in about 30 feet of water and the best bet is jigging with a crawler or leech on calm days and slow trolling a crawler or leech if there’s some wind. Back to the smallmouth bass for a bit, they have been pretty active lately. There will be some tournament anglers pre-fishing for the Fort France Canadian Bass Championship coming up next week.
On Rainy River, there have been reports of some nice sturgeon pulled from the deeper holes and swifter waters, the walleye have been in the slower moving waters of the wide bends.
For hikers and wildlife watchers, keep your eyes open for ripe berries. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are fairly common and are all ripe for the picking right now. Wildlife that depends on the berries will also be out so keep your eyes open
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