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Are There Sunnies On Rainy?

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LPCrowRiverFisherman

I was just wondering if there were any Sunfish on Rainy because in the lake survey it didn't show any, and nobody ever talks about them.

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bitz

Last year on the bottom of the falls on Little Canoe, we found b-gills on the nests. This is up the north arm on the CA side. We actually caught several as they attacked our raps when we cast for smallies. That said, I have been going to rainy since 1959 and had never seen them before.

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pikehunter461

This june we found a dead sunfish in rainy near camp narrows on the canada side. Only one we have seen.

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tearin' lips

Only one I have seen came about 7 or 8 years ago. We found it dead in the Sportmans Dock area. Must have been about 4 or 5". Other than that i do hear about a sighting or a catching about once every other year.

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rainy dude

The fish Bitz saw came downstream. They came from a system that flows into the Lttle Canoe River. The initial planting happened about twenty years from a bait bucket fisherman (suspect). They were introduced into Bend Lake, and were soon found downstream in Resprite Lake. Cold, Strong, and Vane all have Blue Gills now. Much damage to the fisheries has happened along with this new species.

Just another invasive species introduced. Bighead carp will really suck when they make it! Just a matter of time before someone gives a few of them a lift up here and it WILL happen.

I was looking over the invasive species display at the FF Candian Bass Championship and the spinny water fleas that they collected just recently at the dam was ugly. Yikes!

One other invasive species that seams to have died down in numbers, is the smelt. The reports and observations are the numbers are a fraction from what was there a few years ago.

Apparently many anglers have given up on that deeper open bite like the Linders won it on. The fish have turned to crayfish and perch ,and the successful guys are fishing that presentation.

Also for you pike fisherman. Many and I mean many, giant pike, are coming from the very shallow weeds. Baffling many, is where these fish are during the recent heat wave. Time to work the shallow stuff if you like slim. The reports from the bass fisherman are many 48 inch fish way up in the shallows are pestering them trying to catch brown fish. Giant fish where they normally are not during summer peak.

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Much damage to the fisheries has happened along with this new species.


What sort of damage? Just curious.

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