Fishing in the Spring
The spring provides good fishing for walleye, perch and pike. Tons of walleye move into the Rainy River, so most of the anglers will be fishing the early season walleye fishery there. Once the official walleye opener kicks off, the walleye have left the river and are now back in the big lake. You can catch them shallower during this time of year, so for the anglers who don’t want to run miles offshore, this is a good time to visit.
Fishing in the Summer
When summer patterns set in, the better fishing will be offshore. Go out and fish the offshore structure by trolling, drifting or anchoring. The large pieces of structure can hold large schools of fish. Most anglers fish for walleye, but end up catching some pike and perch too.
Fishing in the Fall
In the fall, walleye push back into the Rainy River as they follow the shiner migration. As they move back in, anglers usually fish closer to the river for better success. The mouth of the river can provide some unbelievable fishing if you time it right. As far as the rest of the south shore, you can still find fish offshore, but there will be some fish closer to shore than the summer, so you don’t always have to make the real long boat rides out to find fish.
Fishing in the Winter (Ice Fishing)
Ice fishing is popular up here. Several of the resorts cater to the winter anglers. You will ice shelter rentals and there are some guides available too to help you catch walleye, pike and perch.