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Our maiden houseboat voyage on Rainy is set to begin Saturday the 21st. My plan is to head east and fish the U.S. water. I'm thinking about Blueberry Island area specifically. If it were YOU with family and kids on those dates, wanting good swimming, safe tie-ups, some sandy shorelines and excellent fishing nearby ... where would you go, what would you do??

My buddy and I will go after walleyes alone sometimes, and then want to be able to take the kids out when conditions are good. Is there good fishing, bobber-type stuff closer to shoreline structure at all for the kids? Could a person expect to cast bobbers from a tie-up spot in the eve and catch any fish?

Thanks ALL.

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Welcome to the Rainy Lake Forum!! If it is good swimming, safe tieups, sandy shorelines, and great fishing that you are looking for...Look no further than Big Island! The Saginaw Bay, Kempton Channel, and Big Island area is the best areas that you can pick if you are looking for all of the above options that you listed.

For Sandy Beaches look to sites on the backside of Saginaw, there are two or three nice sandy sites back there, as well as a nice sand site on Duckfoot, and don't forget the east side of Big Island and South side of Blueberry island have some nice sandy sites. These areas will be great for swimming, and better yet the area on the east side of Big Island will be pretty well protected from winds and weather.

As for the fishing there is lots of great fishing coming from the reefs in that area now. Look to the ones north of blueberry to be solid producers. I have been catching most of my fish in 24-32' of water. Dragging a lindy and a crawler or a lindy and a leech has worked well for us, but there are still days that a jig and a minnow will produce fish. Run your electronics till you find a concentration of fish...mark that spot and come back to work it over.

You'll have a great time and if you have any further questions just give us a shout here on the FM!!!

Take Care and Good Luck Fishing! grin.gif

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