A report from the International Falls, Rainy Lake and Ranier Convention and Visitors Bureau says Walleye and crappie are being pulled from Sand Bay this the morning and evening hours.
Jigging or bobber fishing with live bait will work, just stay a foot or so off the bottom in 25 to 30 feet of water. Word is that shiner minnows are working best.
In Black Bay, anglers are looking for big northern pike on the weedy edges.
If you plan to take portable gear and a snowmobile to find the hot spots, stay on the staked trails as much as possible, there are areas of slush under the heavy blanket of snow we got a week ago and you will even encounter some slush pockets on the staked and groomed trails. The conditions may delay the opening of the Voyageurs National Park ice road, which usually provides access to areas around Dryweed Island and east toward Cranberry Bay.