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Bringin' Friends to Rainy for the First Time

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Hello everyone. Every time I make a trip to Rainy Lake I check this forum for the latest information and it has always been helpful. Now I am in need of a little bit of assistance as I am bringing friends up that have never been north of Duluth, what a treat they are in for.

In the past we have always camped on Kawawia Island and fished in and around the islands near by or in Saginaw bay, but this trip we are staying at the Thunderbird and will likely be looking to fish nearby rather than traveling that far unless that is where the fish are biting.

Any Ideas on fishing the west end? I have heard alot about Sand bay and Cranberry bay, but I am not familiar with these areas. I have a Lowrance LMS-320 with the Navionics chip so finding our way around shouldn't be too difficult.

I really would like to make this a memorable and successful trip for my friend and his wife.

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Am guessing nobody has replied yet because we're too busy fishing the river and hunting and haven't fished the lake in the last few days. Anyway welcome to Fishing Minnesota.

On the west end you can start by looking above, under and below the Ranier bridge. Going east from there find places where the lake narrows with current and deeper water (30-45') on your map and look for fish in those areas. We've had quite a bit of rain the last 6 weeks and even more just south of here so the water levels are in good shape with good current.

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Right on Uffda! Boy I'll tell ya the weather has been tough as of late. Not many brave soles out there fighting the wind and rain on the lake lately. The areas you mentioned will likely be producing. I'll echo Uffda's response on depths, and might add that I wouldn't be affraid at all to try deeper. You can't go wrong this time of year up here, but may need to be versatile. Fished walleyes in the morning, squeezed a bit of work out this afternoon, and hunted grouse before dark. Life in the northwoods! Kudos to my new pup Trapper for flushing his first 3 grouse!!!! Anyone who has trained hunting dogs knows how exciting it is to see that shoe chewing pup have that light switch turned on in the woods! My ole hunting dog is 12, and have had to leave him at home due to sore hips and shoulders this year. I'm as sad as he is when I load up the truck without him. Great time to be in the northwoods boys!

RD

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RD how's the river doing for 'eyes. I saw D.P's truck at the mouth of the littlefork yesterday on my way back from our shack. Sounds like you guys have been putting a hurt on the 'eyes! Great I can't wait to actually fish this weekend!

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Hey TL,

How's School? Yep Dave, Doug and I have been doing quite well. The river is way way up now though. It is a whole different ball game than what we had. You literally can hardly fish a 1 oz in the mouth of the Little fork now. If I were you I'd be chasing crappies on Rainy or flushing some of our feathered friends. Good to hear from you!

RD

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School is the same old stuff, day in and day out. I envy you guys being able to stay in the best spot in the nation! I can't wait to get back and catch some fish!

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