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WallBuckEye

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Hey, all

been coming up the last few years, and have noticed big differences in the walleye fishing every year. every year it gets better. some of it might be we are getting more familiar with the lake, but i think thanks to the slots, the fishery is comming on strong.

a few years ago, we caught several 10" saugers on some flats while fishing for walleye. is there a good fishable population of saugers in rainy, or are the numbers pretty low. also, do you fish for them in the same type of locations as walleye, or is the depth and location different for saugers. never really targeted them.

will be up in a few weeks again, and just curious as to where to catch them.

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Welcome WBE,

Your observations are right on with the fishery. The fishing has been tremendous, and the slot can certainly be credited for part of the success. As to your reference to sauger here on Rainy you are probably not alone with the 10 inchers. There are some nice saugers here though. I really laid into some big saugers during the ice fishing season last year. One evening caught a 21 inch and 22 inch sauger as well as some other nice ones. In my estimation these fish often relate to current. I haven't ever tried to target these fish, but this is where I have noticed my own personal success. Make no doubt there are some bruisers in here though.

RD

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Welcome to FM WBE.

While there are quite a few saugers (& perch) in Rainy both are mostly caught incidentally while fishing for walleyes. The saugers are typically in similar locations, just slightly deeper and also run on the small side - 8-12". The exception to the size and depth is that occasionally bigger ones are caught in Black Bay in May and June.

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