Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Trick

First time fishing the river

5 posts in this topic

I kind of decided today that I was going to do something wild & crazy & drive up & fish the rainy river this weekend. I have never done any river fishing before & was just wondering if anyone could give me a few pointers on jig size or bait or anything else that might help me out. I have just pretty much fished the shallow lakes here in sw mn, so I'm sure this trip will be a whole different animal. I think I will pretty much be targeting walleyes, but if a stray pike or two show up, thats fine too. Thanks Fellers!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually fish the rainy river year round. I'm not sure where you are planning to do your fishing but around the birchdale area seems to be a good spot from what i have heard. Usually i use about a 1/2 oz jig tipped with a shiner for the eyes and i am sure you can get a few pike in there too. The water depth is righth around 10-12' and there may be a layer of slush. If you can try drilling a few holes and see if you can fish the edge of the slush this seems to be the best area and it is alot easier reaching bottom...good luck you may also want to contact tearin lips i hear he will be down there this weekend maybe he has some more tips?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the tip. I fished for 5 days on the river & did pretty good every day & had a ball doing it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any tips Trick for others wanting to give it a try?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used 1/2 oz jig head tipped with a shiner. I dropped it til it hit the bottom & then set the bobber stop about another two feet above that point. I didnt jig constantly, but would jig one line, let it set a bit then jig the other. Seemed like they bit better right away in the morning. Thats about all I know!, hope it helps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • grundy
      I used XR5AH (which are 5amp) DeWalt 20v max batteries last winter and never ran out of power.
    • Rancid Crabtree
      I scored a set of Striker Hardwaters for 25% off   bibs+coat. I fish early ice alone, decided to pull the trigger on a warm suit that can float if I end up breaking thru.  That crowd was insane. Happy to see the big turnout. All of the TV dudes were roaming around too, talking with ppl and taking pics. Had a great time and I'm happy to see how big the ice fishing community is getting. Just stay away from my holes!!!     jk. Looks like we could be gaining up to an inch of ice/day in metro lakes if this forecast holds. 
    • Big A
      That ion x does look sweet! Not sure if I can justify the switch from my current ion... what was your out the door cost?
    • vanwalleye
      I was thinking the same thoughts, I saw the pond by my house locked up, figure someone will be sitting in front of the courthouse before you know it..
    • Jim Uran
      I have to add that my buddy has had the Eskimo propane auger and loves it, he has a season and half using it and it hasn't given him any problems.