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Tomcat41

Late August fishing on Rainy

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Looking for information - How's the fishing on Rainy in late August? Thinking about a houseboat rental with the family during this time. Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks,

Tomcat41

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From what I here. It very good. The fish have moved to their summer grounds and weather is more stable.

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Tomcat,

You couldn't pick a better time to fish Rainy Lake!! Stable weather means great fishing and during this time of the year the walleyes will be out on the reefs in full force. Plus we have active smallmouth off the points and humps and if you are looking for something truly different...try speed trolling super shads over the top of the reefs for big northern.

A houseboat is truly a great way to explore the lake and have an enjoyable experience with teh family. There are many nice sites on Rainy Lake that have sand beaches, picnic tables, and fire rings. Plus all of them are located within a hop skip and a jump from great fishing spots! Either of the houseboat companies on the lake try their hardest to make sure you are haveing an enjoyable trip, plus they are helpful when it comes to giving fishing advice as well.

Simply put, for the vacation of a lifetime you cannot beat Rainy Lake!! As RD always says Big Fish and Small Crowds are just two of the many reasons to explore our wonderful Rainy Lake!!!

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HI T.C.,

I WOULD SUGGEST A GUIDE FOR THE 1ST DAY FORSURE JUST TO HELP YOU LEARN & UNDERSTAND THE LAKE BETTER. ALOT OF TOURISTS COME TO RAINY, NO GRAPH, NO ELECTRIC, NO 130 FOOT OF ROPE, NO 30 #LB. ANCHOR, ETC. WELL ALL OF THOSE THINGS WILL HELP YOU CATCH FISH ON RAINY. EXAMPLE...LAST SUMMER I'M FISHING A REEF WITH 2 BUDDIES. WE HAVE GOOD STABLE WEATHER & THE WALLEYE FISHING IS HOT, 3 GUYS PULL UP IN 16 FOOT SMALL BOAT WITH A 15 HORSE MOTOR, OTHER THEN FISHING RODS, THEY HAVE BASICALLY NO EQUIPMENT, ITS ABOUT A 10 MILE AN HOUR WIND, AFTER ABOUT A 1/2 HOUR THEY ARE GETTING UPSET, FINALLY ONE YELLS WHAT ARE YOU GUYS USING...I SAID SAME AS YOU LINDY RIGS. THEY SAID WHY AREN'T WE CATCHING ANYTHING. I SAID WELL FOR STARTERS, YOUR IN 75 FEET OF WATER, THE WALLEYES ARE IN 32, 2ND OF ALL YOUR DRIFTING WAY TO FAST, THROW OUT YOUR ANCHOR...DON'T HAVE ONE...THEN THEY TOPPED IT OFF, THIS BOAT CAME WITH THE HOUSEBOAT & THEY DIDN'T GIVE US

A GRAPH...I JUST SHOOK MY HEAD!!!.

THE POINT BEING, IS JUST AS ANY LAKE...HELPS TO KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING., A GUIDE THE 1ST DAY HELPS ALOT.

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

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Hey Guys!

Before posting I must comment on the great fishing information passed on by a few here on the site. Fishmeister, Tearin Lips, Uffda, Capt... Kudos for the insight being handed out to thousands of viewers to this site. There is no substitute for first hand experience on the lake. I've watched many accomplished anglers have there *** handed to them here. Even pro's will have there local guide on tournament lakes make no question about that.

I'm happy to say I've fished with most of you, and know first hand that your all sticks on the water and ice. With that being said Fishmeister hits the nail on the head when it comes to hiring a guide. I'm only one of several guides here on the lake. A big body of water like Rainy is a complex fishery with lots of dead water no matter what the season or how the overall bite is. We all have experienced first hand fishing the right pattern versus the wrong one.

I love August Fishing for Houseboat vacations. If I were to pick my favorite months to fish I would likely pick September and October, but that"s just me. Fishing is good here year round, but just depends on what methods you like to fish. Some of the things I consider when coming to that decision are lack of pressure and big fish coming into the feeding binge prior to ice up. Plus I just love fall!

Good Fishing Guys!

BIG FISH / small crowds (Thanks TL)

RD

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Thanks to everyone!!

I really appreciate the information. Having never fished Rainy, and listening to others who have, makes the anticipation almost unbearable.

I'll admidt, I am not the sharpest when it comes to what to use or when, but I know I enjoyed fishing with my father, and want my kids to have that same experience. My wife ants to catch, in her own words, "anything 40" or bigger and alive."

We're just in the beginning stages of planning and scheduling the houseboat rental, but my next question was going to be about guides on the lake. So you guys are WAY ahead of me. It's almost like you've been listening to conversations around our supper table!

I'll keep asking, posting, and checking in - I really appreciate the help from everyone!

TC

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Hello TC,

I think you will really enjoy houseboating on Rainy. Again, both houseboat companies are great. As far as the equipment goes, they leave it up to you to decide what you want. You will get the basic 16 foot tow-behind with a 15 horse outboard and anchor. You can rent depth finders and trolling motors if you like, or you can bring your own. Also both companies have Lund Alaskan fishing boats to rent. These are fully outfitted with trolling motors, graphs, and live-wells. Or, of course, you can bring your own boat. It is a good idea to have a guide for one day so you can get an idea on how to fish rainy. Usually people rent a guide right of so they can fish on their own the rest of the trip.

August is a great time for houseboating. You will not only have good fishing weather, but excellent swimming and camping weather.

Enjoy

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