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Boy.....It's been a long time for me here!! Hope to only be able to add to the great information shared here on Hot Spot Outdoors. Wealth of information for the angler. A brief introduction for those who don't know me. My add to the "Ice Team" has brought me back to my roots. Big thanks to Matt Johnson who is a personal friend for his involvement in bringing to the blue team.

My name is Chris Granrud. I am the owner operator of Rainydaze Guide Service. We've been guiding customers full time for the past 7 years here on Rainy Lake and the Rainy River. We guide summer and winter running an average of 175 trips a year between summer and winter.

I work hand in hand with 5-6 other guides here on Rainy Lake as well who are personal friends.

I am an occassional outdoor writer contributing articles to the Outdoor news, Minnesota Deer hunters Assoc. and various sponsor pieces.

Kelly and I live on the shores of Rainy lake and love sharing our passion for fishing with others.

While in the past I've filmed most of our television shows with In Depth Outdoors we look to do our filming in the coming year with Jason Mitchell Outdoors Television, Midwest outdoors and edit our short clips on our Youtube channel.

I look forward to sharing information with you all!!

Yesterday's "Hero Shots". Congratulations to Dean and Ernie for both landing and effectively releasing personal best fish. Dean's 42.5 inch Pike and Ernie's 26 inch Walleye gave two grown men quite a thrill.

We remain shallow anywhere from 2-15 feet of water. Fish are angry!! Customers are Happy!!

More detailed reports to follow. Most importantly..........Happy Fathers day everone!!full-46117-34205-003(533x800).jpg

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clKiekhafer

Hi Chris,

Looking good and waiting to hit the lake again this year you on July 14th with my two son-in-laws, Jim and Erik.

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Gritz

Chris: Welcome back - looking forward to your reports.

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harvey lee

Seems when the fish are in the shallows, it's easy pickin's from my past expierence.

Nice fish.

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Chris Granrud

Hi Chris,

Looking good and waiting to hit the lake again this year you on July 14th with my two son-in-laws, Jim and Erik.

As always I look forward to our day Chester!! I think we may have a difficult time topping last years action. 1 1/2 hour 4 man limit of 15-16 3/4 inch Walleyes sets the bar high. I like the challenge!!

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Chris Granrud

Chris: Welcome back - looking forward to your reports.

Thank you Gritz!! One thing I can promise will be a steady stream of big fish pics and hopefully enough info to keep your mind on fishing!!

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Chris Granrud

Seems when the fish are in the shallows, it's easy pickin's from my past expierence.

Nice fish.

Thank you Harvey. Yeah it seems sometimes those fish want to box themselves up and sometimes they are a bit grumpy. Either way we do our best.

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JacobG

Any crappie action chris? Everything else seems to be going bonkers figure the crappies might be as well

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Chris Granrud

Any crappie action chris? Everything else seems to be going bonkers figure the crappies might be as well

Hey Jacob!!

In all honesty we've been running Pike and Walleyes and I haven't spent a day fishing Crappies yet this open water season. Sad I know!! Water temps are right and I presume those slabs are on spawning grounds. I just haven't been fishing them for a first hand report bud!!

SAD....considering my love for the "Donks".

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JacobG

Thanks chris. I like the honesty! Im fishing crappies tomorrow for one last time this year before I start fishing muskies. Already have had a very solid crappie season and the muskie season is off to a good start as well. Time to switch gears.

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Chris Granrud

Good Luck!!

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lzika

Hi Chris. I remember reading in some of your past posts that you had great success with Max Raps for shallow water walleyes. I'm wondering if you have had any success with Max Raps so far this Summer? What's your best color? Thanks.

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Chris Granrud

Hi Chris. I remember reading in some of your past posts that you had great success with Max Raps for shallow water walleyes. I'm wondering if you have had any success with Max Raps so far this Summer? What's your best color? Thanks.

Good memory!!

Yes we have murdered the Walleyes on the Max Raps!! Of course they are apparently not in production and longer. We've been buying them up!! LOL!!

Purple Ghost and any Perch imitation colors like the Olive.

Great suspending stick bait!! I would have thought our guide service alone would keep them in production. LOL!!

Other options are suspending rogues, Xraps, Floating 13 Raps, Husky Jerks..... All have been fished withs success.

Each bait gives you a slightly different action.

Remember this; Tight wobble in cold water, Loose wobble in warm water as a rule of thumb.

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Chris Granrud

The big fish continue to increase metabolism rates as the water warms. Yesterday found the fish to be absolutely snapping!! Biggest Walleyes of the day were respectable 26 and 26.5 inch fish. Biggest Pike was a Personal Best for customer Jeff taping an even 37 inches.

Some fish are transitioning scattering fisherman Shallow, Deep and In-Between! It's that "In Between" area where most fisherman truly struggle.

It's that precise structure that can hold tremendous volume and quality!!

We were reading 64-68 degree Surface temps yesterday.

Tight lines team. We received another hard rain, and I wouldn't be shocked if Kettle Falls opened up the gates again increasing our rate of flow.

Tight Lines Team!!full-46117-34365-954841_1020144078644076

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Chris Granrud

Closing Bell 26.5!!full-46117-34370-954841_1020144078644076

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clKiekhafer

Well Chris have to ask what did you have your camera set on to get those pics?

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Barry45

Nice looking fish!! It kind of looks like that camera may have gotten wet one time too many though. I will be up there next week and hope to be finding the good spots too.

Regards

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Chris Granrud

Kelly takes care of most of my picture editing and so forth. My only job is catching fish!! LOL!

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Chris Granrud

Do you know how to work Cranks?? Yes most of us can troll crankbaits, but how about learning how to trigger fish in a cast and retrieve cadence that simply angers big predator fish?

Been a dominate pattern all year long!!

Sometimes it's as simple as fishing for the fish you want to catch. If your looking to box up 11-14 inch fish......Go get em!! If your looking to box up 16-30 inch fish........I'd suggest you fish FOR them. Early in the season anglers often struggle finding the elite caliber fish.

July comes around and the lake is HOT right?? Nope......The fish are biting all year.

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Chris Granrud

Devoured a Xrap!! One of 18 over 20 inches yesterday!!full-46117-34391-1002070_102014484032311

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Fishing has been fantastic, but anglers need to recognize the warming water has fish on the move. These fish will soon be showing up in proximity to early summer patterns. Right now they seem to be stuck in that fuzzy "In Between" area.

Limits of nice 15-16.75 inch fish have been the story of the last days with several bigger Walleyes and a few big pike and smallies on accident.

Water levels seem to be dropping with resort docks looking better by the day.

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Congrats to Seth Lockertz on his 37.5 PB!!full-46117-34476-001(800x533).jpg

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Arizona boys Catch limit of Rainy Lake Walleyes and enjoyed a great shorelunch during the trip!!full-46117-34477-994783_1020146249014334

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Fishing remains fantastic here on Rainy lake. Mayflies.......Still showing up, but I feel safe to say that they are in the final stages. Fish have migrated to breaklines and reefs in large numbers. Many different presentations will turn fish for anglers. I do like both crawlers and leeches this time of year. If your a jig fisherman, July through October is a fantastic time to "Get your jig on".

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    • mrpike1973
      Hi all hope to make it this Saturday. Depending on the snow coming we should be able to drive on correct?
    • Hoey
      This past weekend, only two were caught by our group of three fishermen and they were small, in the 10" range.  
    • Hoey
      Why not go out of Swift?  I nothing about the Warroad access, sorry.  
    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

      Sunset Lodge
    • JBMasterAngler
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    • cat44
      Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike.  The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
    • Hoyt4
      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
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