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Rainy Lake Fishing Reports & Conditions

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Nice fish; looks like fun -- were you back at Camp Idlewood Chester?

That sure looks like a North Arm Pike.

Who would believe 80 degrees at the end of September?

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Yep, we were back to Camp Idlewood. That makes 4 weeks there this year for me.

The northern pike was caught in the north arm, but we did get some mid 30" fish on the Minnesota side.

Looking at the weather this week, we certainly lucked out. Next year we could have the weather we are having right now. One just needs to pack extra cloths for all kinds of conditions.

The guys are already making plans for next year and it is possible to have several more in our group. Once the word gets out how good the fishing is and going with people that have many years of experience on the lake, we have to limit the numbers. But, then again more the merrier some same.

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Stayed at Kettle Falls May 15th (Friday Afternoon) thru May 19th (Tuesday morning).  Rick and crew were great hosts.  Fished the Canadian side (Stokes bay, Friendly Passage, Cormorant and Moose Bay).  Did very well.  Caught 40-50 fish per day as a whole within our boat (3 fisherman).  Largest walleye was 26".  Caught a couple 25".  Caught four northerns that were in the 35-36" range.  Trolled floating Rapalas.  As for Rapala size, the two hookers were better than the three hookers in my opinion.  Trolled near shore - shallower the better.  Trolled at 1.35 to 2.00 mph.  Just simply casted the baits behind the boat - not more than 35 feet behind the boat.  There was a good pile of fish in Slims hole just east of Hole in the Wall at the entrance of Friendly Passage.  Weather didn't really bother the fishing.  Caught fish before the cold front and after the cold front arrived.  We never fished before 9am and we never fished after 7pm.

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My and a buddy are going to try Rainy Lake for the first time ever, we are targeting bass and crappies but will take anything haha! Any tips/advice for a couple rookies to the lake?

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you guys have any ice up there im from brainerd where we got slushed out. looking to travel

 

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 Fish Tuesday through Friday of last week saw quite a bit of the lake water temp started at around 50 , pike were already startimg  to move out to the rocks from back bays upper 50s by the end of the four days of sunshine water temps were closer to 60 main lake. We caught bass on the points earlier in the week and by late in the week the Smalleys were to be found down banks near spawning  habitat but not on Beds yet had fun using stick baits,  had great trip.

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Has anyone been doing any good fishing for walleyes east of brule narrows plan on heading over that way a few times this weekend and was just wondering how the fishing is. Any info is much appreciated thanks!

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Put the boat in on the lake for the first time this year. Ice went out on April 18th. No markers yet, but word from coast guard is this weekend to next week providing weather is good. Water is very low. Lots of debris floating around. Found a 20' tree floating in the middle of channel in rainy lake city area. Pulled it to shore to save someone's lower unit. Water was 57 in black bay, 46 in main lake areas, 48 in the bays we fished. Pike caught we're laying eggs. Beautiful day to be on the water. 

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Much different lake from a week ago. Snow on shores and ice in reeds. Water temps were down quite a bit. 42 in main lake 45 in shallow bays. Had a few followers on spinner baits but no hits. 

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Did you fish CA or US side?

 

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Canadian mostly. 

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