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GJBison

how was the landing at Pelland? Did you have to go over any ice?

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ProGuideEyes

Hey guy, Landing was very nice no ice at all.. fished today from 8-1 only caught 1 fish.. very very slow

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fishuhalik

Fished out of pelland landing today 2 of us 8:30-630. Caught 27 fish biggest was 24" 4 sturgeon had 2 on at one time biggest was 73"!!! Midway!! River was very dirty about a .8-1 mph current too. Gonna give her hell again tomorrow fish were caught on 50/50 plastics,live bait. Deep water edges held fish

Pics or it didn't happen!

Just giving ya a hard time, but we'd all love to see a pic of that monster!

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ProGuideEyes

Ha Ha Yeah about the pictures, only pic we got all day on wednesday was of the 24' eye. Every other Picture we took didn't turn out. Partners phone had water on the lens he thinks. Pretty bumbed about it. Was huge!

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busse3775

Heading to the Rainy River for the first time with a couple buddies on the 11th and 12th of April. Have fished LOTW many of times but never the Rainy so was wondering if anyone had any advice. Such as accesses I should use..etc. Thanks! Tight lines!

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computerboy

If you are fishing on a peak weekend like that, your biggest challenge will be just getting your boat in and out of the water. It's not uncommon for there to be a 2+ hour wait at the landings when the bite it on. If I were fishing that weekend I'd probably put in at Birchdale. The walleyes will (or should) have migrated to that area and beyond by then. Birchdale has twin concrete ramps which makes loading/unloading go a lot faster. It's also the furthest ramp East of Baudette that guys typically use, so they may be less inclined to drive that far if other options are available closer to Baudette. The ramps get icy if the temp dips below freezing, so watch your step.

As far as where to fish, start at the Birchdale landing and work your way West downstream until you find some decent spots. It will be pretty obvious where fish are holding based on the number of boats there are in certain areas. You may not need to go any further than a few hundred yards from the access. I would avoid going East of Birchdale though. There can be fantastic fishing that way, but the stretch of river between Birchdale to International Falls is littered with rock hazards, rapids, shallow water, sand bars, etc. I would avoid that entire half of the river if you aren't familiar with it.

For presentation, vertically jigging a 3/8 or 1/2 oz jig tipped with a minnow is hard to beat. Jig size will depend on the current. When the bite is on, color doesn't seem to matter much in my experience. Get rainbows or emerald shiners for minnows, and plenty of them. Make sure you have a valid MN fishing license, and stay on the US side of the river at all times. Be patient, and help out at the landing if a guy needs a hand. It's common courtesy to offer someone a ride to/from the landing if you see them walking to/from their rig. That should cover the basics.

Good luck!

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YiGGiN4SLoBS

So..... nobody is fishing? Heading up sunday for the final two days of walleye and just hanging on the edge of my seat for a new report....

..............crickets...............

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JakeJ_Mn

I just got home from the Rainy. Spent Wed. and today fishing. Wed. I put in at Timber Mill landing in Baudette after they salted down the ramp from the ice and snow. It was very cold but not much wind. Fished up river to 4 mile with the better fishing in deep holes using rainbows and pink jigs. Walleyes were slow and seemed everyone I talked to told the same story. Today I fished from out of Birchdale - went down stream about 4 miles to a 12 to 15 foot deep area. A few walleye caught and the story from everyone was the same - slow. Only saw a few small sturgeon caught. It was good to be on the water. I expect this weekend with the warm weather to have better fishing and a lot more boats. Pink or green jigs with rainbows worked ok but I did catch a few walleye on the jigs tipped with pink or green ring twister tails. Hope this helps. Get to the bait shop early. Good fishing. Jake

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Pole Dancer

Fished the past 4 days on the river. From Pelland to Baudette. Surprising for how good the conditions are how bad the bite is. By far the best was closer to Baudette. Seemed like when there was a school of fish around choice of jig didn't matter too much. Was actually planning to stay the weekend but the crew tired out of cold fishless (or not many) days. If you go I would contact the Dutchman or any of the other places closer to Baudette to see how things are going before burning too much gas to get up. With a slow winter and slow spring, I'm a little suspect on the status of the fishery. Two years ago we fished in 8 deg weather this same week and did real well in much worse conditions. PD

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YiGGiN4SLoBS

heard of a few guys doing pretty decent. Whats the water temp? once it gets into the low to mid 40's whatever is in the river should be moving and biting i would think

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Tony S

Anybody fishing on the river???  It's time for some reports!

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Tony S

OK fished at Birchdale Saturday and it was horrible. Very few anglers and fewer fish.  Fished from Clementson to Pinewood Sunday and did much better.   Green jig and rainbow minnow.  Caught most of the nice fish deep, like 20 feet or so.  Wind made it tough to control boat.  Anchoring was definitely working better than drifting or going upstream from what I saw.  I think the lake-run fish are just getting up that far now.  Should be good with the continued warm weather in the forecast.  Going back for sure but not to Birchdale.

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Tony S

OK my weekend #2 report.  Fished out of Vidas Saturday for 6 hours and Sunday for 3 hours.  Parking lot was full when I got there Saturday but far fewer rigs there on Sunday.  It was so bad that I pulled the plug at noon on Sunday and went home early despite the beautiful weather.  Just a few fish and most of them small.  There are not many fish around up that way; if you're going up soon fish closer to the lake or the lake itself if you can.  Some people were scratching out limits but not everyone.  If you were up there and did well you were in the minority.

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Jarrid Houston

Was up this last weekend and drowned minnows.  Water temps were pretty cold.  I even believe that it was about 7 degrees overnight that Friday.  Saturday sun was warm and welcomed but it could still be brisk.  The current was ripping and the occasional ice float was present.  Water was also very dirty and not good for visibility.  As far as our success on our first trip up....It was a bust..  3 guys and only one caught a fish.  Oh well!  Timing is bad and my gut feeling says it wont be any better this coming weekend.  But.......... 

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556LaGue

Was a rough weekend on the river! Weather wasn't the greatest and the fish didn't snap like we had hoped. We managed a nice 27" eye and a 43" sturgeon with a good number of fish under 19". Wasn't bad but could've been better. That's fishing! We heard good reports from others out of birchdale area landings. Good numbers of eyes and sturgeon. 1 oz jig and paddle tail plastics tipped w a minnow seemed to work for us. I've heard the weather has been better and the bite picked up since last weekend! I'll be back next year....

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556LaGue

The other boat that was with us is still up there  nailing em! Nice double boys!!

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nlayne882

Had an awesome time this weekend minus the rainy weather. Water temp was steady around 42 Friday through Monday. Fished around the resorts by four mile, up by baudette, and vidas landing. Biggest was 60" between two boats, going back up next weekend looking to hit closer to 70"! image.jpegimage.jpegimage.jpegimage.jpegimage.jpegimage.jpegimage.jpegimage.jpegimage.pngimage.png

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Mark Gangl

Bay or up river producing better?

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nlayne882

Caught more fish up river but they were very spread out and we had to keep moving until we found a hole that produced fish then sit on it for awhile then pick up and move again. The fish are definitely active you just have to hop around a bit. Didn't settle for a nice hole with only one or two fish within an hour  

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ducksnbucks

Fished last Thursday night through Saturday night. Numbers were a bit on the slow side, managed 13 fish. Size was pretty good though with 2 small fish <40", one 42", 7 between 53-58", one 61", one 65", and one 67". Bite was extremely light and most were caught while holding the rods. Nobody seemed to be killing them, just one here and then one there scattered throughout the crowds. Water temps was 45.5 degrees. Good luck if you are going!

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