Our Fishing Report
May 30th Fishing Report:
The shallow walleye bite (3 to 8 feet) has become more consistent as more walleyes move shallow with warming water temperatures and post spawn feeding. Walleye continue to be caught in the bays on windblown points and shorelines as well as in muddy bottom bays where wind is blowing into old or emerging weed growth. Jigs, spinner rigs and suspending twitch baits have been the most productive.
Walleye’s also continue to be caught in areas with current. Typically the bite has been between 20 and 30 feet in these areas. Again ¼ oz to ⅜ oz jigs have been the most productive here depending on the amount of current. Remember current can change daily on Rainy Lake depending on what is happening with water outflow and inflow.
Smaller males continue to be caught on breaklines. This bite can be finicky but ¼ oz jigs and lindy rigs have shown results for eater size fish.
Smallmouth are staging for the spawn but generally are not on beds. Look for bass to start moving up in the coming week. Bass can be caught on points and structure in and near protected bays that would be typical for spawning. As is the norm for this time of year plastics, suspending twitch baits are seeing action.
Crappie continue to be found on rock piles and standing reeds in and round shallow mud bottom areas. Slip bobbers tipped with a minnow continue to be the strongest producer. Trolling with spinner rigs has shown some results. One to four feet appears to be the rule.
Pike continue to be shallow near walleye spawning areas, protected bays, and inlets. A depth range of two to eight feet is a good place to focus. Results on larger pike have come from casting spoons, spinner baits and plastics in old growth weeds where it can be found. Other large pike success has been found by anglers casting suspending twitch baits in their search for bass and walleye.