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Rainy River Fishing Report

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RoyalDutchman

My husband said the water is about average or just a little on the low side for this time of year. The current is very slow in front of our place and can get by using a 3/8 oz jig with no problems. There are a lot of fish being caught lately they are smaller walleyes with a lot of low to mid 20s slot fish. People are catching some nice ones to eat and have fish frys.

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WallEYES

Fish last weekend on da river....Pelland access...wind Friday, wind with snow Saturday, calm and cloudy on Sunday....lots of little fish with a few big girls mixed in...caught fish..it wasn't fast and furious.

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Northdrifter

Got back Sunday evening and had a decent trip... The water levels were a little low but not bad and the fishing was good, but not the best Ive had up there...

We did catch a lot of fish just under the slot and thus came home with our limit of 18-19" walleyes... The big girls were far and few, caught only 4 of them, with the biggest being 24"... It was fun and the action was continuous, with few breaks... Too me it seemed as the fish were coming and for those of you who make it this week or later, you'll do good... Gold 3/8 oz jigs with emerald shiners did the trick for us...and all fish we caught were huggy the breaks from 14-17' next to the deep holes...

The water surface temp was 39.4 F when we left Sunday.

We did find one dead head and thus the reason for having an exta prop when running the Rainy... nothing happened to motor just folded over a blade..

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Wilson

ND2 - You wouldn't by chance have a Black Lund with a Honda outboard, would ya? If so, I think I saw your bent prop at the Baudette Motel. smile We were skeptical of the low conditions also and luckily didn't find any 'hidden treasures'.

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Northdrifter

That would have been me... luckily we were just taking off and side swiped the deadhead... eek

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maxpower117

Is it April yet? What mile marker is the ice at?

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JacobG

Max I have been thinking the same thing! Already lined up my flat of crawlers. Im a sturgeon nut tho, but doesnt matter ice out is ice out! Im hoping for a quick warm up like last year. but with little snow so far this year the ice wont be giving up very easily

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LindellProStaf

I am getting the boat urge too. It won't be long now. We do have some snow on the ice so maybe that will insulate it so the ice doesn't get too thick. Might make for more runoff too. That could be good or bad.

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gloomiseye

Hoping this will finally be the year I can sneak up there for a few days!

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jason1lane

I think the word urge is an understatement as far as I'm concerned .not to mention i got the new boat blues and its wearing a hole in my mind lol

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LindellProStaf

We just had 2 days of wind and quite a bit of snow. Lots of drifts on the river by my fishhouse. Some are over 2' deep. Just looked at the forecast and after Thursday we should have temps in the upper 20's and lower 30's for at least 8 days. That will feel great!

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Lakesman12

I think it's time we start talking spring river fishing!!! Anyone got any info or anything to share?

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MAdDuckiceroads

How about some first hand reports. Coming up Friday and got a second hand report today saying fishing was pretty slow today at least

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JacobG

Here is my report for the 4th thru the 6th. The river itself is very low. the current is slow and the clarity is rather good. I was able to put in at Birchdale and drive down to Frontier without any issues of ice or deadheads.

The river was open about 6 miles west of frontier when I left yesterday. There were several boats out with just a few fishing sturgeon, the species I was targeting.

As for the fishing, it was slow and very challenging and frustrating for us. We saw many sturgeon hooked and many caught by walleye fisherman. They were caught all over the river, from shore to shore. We caught fish from 9 FOW to 17FOW. There was no real pattern to the small success we had. we did however catch walleyes from every spot we fished.

We ended up catching 16 sturgeon for the 2 1/2 days we fished. 9 of which were over 50" and two of those were over 60" (pair of 62's) one of which held a 27" girth which would have weighed near the 60 pound mark.

3 oz of lead was more than enough to keep us on bottom with the light current. I will be back up in a few weeks to try my luck again.

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DTro

Thanks! Thats the kind of report I was looking for. smile

A pair of 60's is never a bad trip.

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JacobG

No, im really not complaining. For the group we boated 3 fish at 62" so wasn't bad for big fish but the bites were very few and far between. Only had one flurry of fish Friday evening where we boated 4 in an hour.full-37402-31874-139.jpg

The wife with a nice 40 pounder

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JacobG

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62" Richards personal best

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TyGuy02

Had zero wait for birchdale today in or out at 7:15 am and when we left around 4. Must've missed the rush of boats since I had to park halfway to town. Slow fishing to say the least. Saw more sturgeon caught then walleyes. To say the current is slow is an understatement, 0.2 mph drift in most spots, and the light breeze was from the west so it almost felt like we were drifting upriver at times. Most of the boats that we saw seemed to congregate around the frontier access which seemed like a much busier access today at least. 2 wide at birchdale, only looked like one at frontier though when we went by there. only caught one 36" sturgeon for two guys, and that seemed to be the trend today for the most part! Be careful when getting in or out of the boat near shore, almost took a swim getting out of the boat onto the shore-ice!

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MAdDuckiceroads

Fished sat from 5am to 6pm. Boated only 7 eyes all day. Had a few short bites and a couple break the line. Caught our fish in prob a two hour period from noon to two. Watched a few boats fishing the Canadian side doing rather good all day even boating a few picture worthy fish. Like others said almost zero current. No females at all on the rocky flats. Water temp 37°. Not to mention first time I was able to build a snow man in our boat after the snow storm in the morning.

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jaxdog

what landings are open on the canadian side?

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wetaline1

...Canadians don't fish...

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MAdDuckiceroads

All the landings west of frontier had ice still but there was boats pushing over it

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meathunter

Ok guys here is what i know... jonny p has a new boat and you won't know its him...only recognized him from his lindy coat...he even switched coats from sun to mon... jon thelen was fishing around me yesterday trying to get some filming done...water temp 38 not biting on plastic...big rainbows and 1/4 oz jigs casted and hopped down current was the only way i caught big fish and numbers...tied my personal best 31" and 2 29" yest...now the bad news... ran all over for 3 days and only caught fish in a area the size of my lot...not the usual bite... the current picked up yesterday for sure which should help...slept in all three days and only fished 10 to 6...no wait except the usual hr to load...for all the guys that stayed home because of the water temp/waiting in line must be city boys...all in all a great trip funny how the slightest weather change will change the bite seen it multiple times and you really see it fishing in one spot. Oh ya and spot lock on my new I pilot is the deal especially in a tight area cant wait to fish the tight weedlines in the Litchfield area with it. Not great but i will take it probably 20 fish over 24" in 3 days and went through almost 2 quarts rainbows. Seen lots of boats comeing and going sometimes when you do things different stay away from a crowd it pays off. The normal spots where loaded with boats and not alot of nets...Now my fix is complete till big stone opens...AMEN

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WalleyeGod

Appreciate the report MH. Gonna scratch the itch in a couple days.

Thinking about the Ipilot myself. Sounds like I need to get one.

Good luck on Big Stone later.

WG

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Dock Boy

Fished yesterday. 2 guys in the boat. We put in at Birchdale no wait and not many boats maybe 10 or so others. Fished from Birchdale to a couple miles past the Church. Fishing sucked. We caught 6 snake northern s and one Sauger and yes it was a sauger. We saw one other boat catch a fish. No nets in the water. Fished many spots and depths. Tried long lining, casting out past boat, vertical, different colors and bait along with plastics. Report from the others at the launch were more of the same slow. Saw boats in front of Frontier at 1pm getting off the water. Not sure how accurate the reports are at area resorts with 70 fish days when we saw one other fish caught other than the snakes and sauger we caught. Good luck if heading up. Water temp was 37 to cold in my opinion for a good run. Good luck

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