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bucknduck

I am going up to Rainy Lake and going to be doing some ice fishing and was wondering what kind of hooks I should bring?? I have never been up there and don't know what to expect.

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uffdapete

If you need to buy ice fishing tackle for the trip I'd wait until you get up here to buy it. Most of the tackle shops up here are competitive with the big box stores and you can also get current, specific advice from local experts who know what's really happening on the lake.

This advice comes from someone who bought tackle down south before coming up here on vacation because I thought I was saving money. In the end I bought a lot of stuff that doesn't work up here.

If you already have them, bring 1/8 and 1/16 oz jigs, a few jigging Rapalas or Salmos, Kastmasters, Swedish pimples and some plain hooks for slip bobber set ups.

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bucknduck

Hey thanks a lot for the info I was looking at some of the other posts on here and found a lot of the same...So I will pack up my buck shots and jigging raps. I am going on a trip out of Woodys with Michael Waddell and cant wait to get up there I am going to do some fishing up there before my trip really starts you got any suggestions on a place I could go to park and fish for the day??

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By the way, welcome to Fishing Minnesota and the Rainy Lake thread.

The public landings at Bowman's and Tilson Bay provide access to Birch point and Sand bay by snow machine or ATV. Rainy Lake city can be accessed from Island View and Sha Sha resorts also.

Before heading out ask at Woodies and the tackle shops for current ice conditions and advice on locations, and then make sure you're following previous tracks on the lake.

2 factors - 25" of snow up here and high water levels from last summer and fall result in current, and then 25" of snow up here providing both insulation and weight, has slowed the process of making good consistent ice.

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89Bronco

 Originally Posted By: uffdapete
and then make sure you're following previous tracks on the lake.

Unless they lead to a big hole.... grin.gif

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Mooseart

Well stated! It's easy to find tracks from sleds that have traveled over dangerous ice! The best plan is to do your own thinking. Some ice is in worse shape now than it was a week ago.

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uffdapete

Good call - I'm thinking lots of tracks, not one lone wolf. And since I run a 3 wheeler I want to find wheeler tracks. If they've run into slush it's usually visible far enough ahead to take a different route.

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cedarnarrowsguy

While fishing the Manitou last weekend...I looked over and watched an otter come up through a hole...right in the middle of my snow machine track!

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    • osok
      Been a brutal hard water season for me as well, figured it was a continuation of my fall fishing luck. 
    • Wanderer
      Thanks guys.  I checked out Modis for ice coverage and Navionics to help understand how things are laid out.  Knowing what areas certain fish prefer and those typical depths is a big plus.
    • urbaniceteam
      My wife and I are hoping to get up to Mille Lacs this Saturday and spend the night on the ice.  Does anyone have any last minute availability?  All the resorts I've contacted are booked. Thanks!
    • Borch
      Lots of nice fish!  Central Mn is cranking out some nice panfish.
    • eyeguy 54
      I did till about 2 then just had to go for a bit. LOL 
    • IceHawk
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    • IceHawk
      Great Idea Rick 
    • Borch
      A plus is that the forecast is for a much nicer day Saturday.
    • Tom Sawyer
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    • IceHawk
      Definitely a grind out prefishing cats today for the gathering.  Weather made it to tough but I Jeff  and his brother pushed through the elements to try and find a few active schools .   Locating the schools were tough took a pile of holes and the augers got a workout for sure,  but fortunately  we did find a couple active schools. Jeff and his brother found a few on one lake and I found a decent school on another lake. The good news was that both schools were cruising shallow flats in both locations and about the same depths. Great news as this is a good indication they are feeding on these flats.   Amazeingly both schools were found on a inside corner. Bingo looks like we have a pattern formed. We iced and marked  a fair number of cats in both locations so things are looking good for Saturday. Plus is we added a few for the fish fry already  Jeff I'll keep plugging away out there hopefully I can dial them in even more I have a hunch there are a few more close by where we ended. 
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