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spent a week on rainy, novice report.

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I just came home from rainy and here is my report, I'm pretty much a Mississippi river fisherman so lakes are pretty new to me.

We fished black bay and the reefs.

In black bay on the north shore near the mouth of the rat root we destroyed the northerns, they were up near the reeds and were bonkers over a large beetle spin lure.

my girlfriend was using a zebco closed reel that didnt retrieve as fast as my spinning reels so her beetle spin lure was deeper and slower moving so she really toor up some big ring perch which made up the majority of keeper fish for our trip.

we could go into any area that had reeds or weeds and repeat catching northerns and ring perch this way.

There was a wind storm Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon that after it stopped we immediately hit the rocky shorelines in black bay that produced 4 keeper walleye and quite a few northerns.

I was using an olive x rap the girlfriend was using a beetle spin lure still, she caught 3 of the keeper walleye.

we went out to the reefs every day and caught big walleyes, the biggest was 26 inches, not 1 keeper fish.

we caught them in 10-15 foot of water a few different ways.

I mainly cast a olive x rap over the edge of the reef and gave a couple tugs and let it sit then repeat, I also used husky jerks with limited success. it was really exiting when the sun was at our back wearing polarized glasses, you could see the walleye home in on the lure and go after it, they made big arcs in the water when they went after it, that was the high lite of my trip.

My girlfriend who still was using a beetle spin lure must have caught 200 smallies out there, they went after her lure in droves, most were small but she did catch several in the 15-20 inch range, we didn't keep any.

She also caught the biggest northern of the trip out there, it measured 38 inches.

She caught quite a few big walleye out there just casting a minnow out on a Lindy rig, it was kind of a pain in the butt considering the snags trying to fish on the bottom.

we also caught a few walleye using slip bobbers on top of the reefs in 10 foot of water, we used minnows and leeches.

all in all we probably caught 50-60 walleyes out there and not 1 keeper fish which I'm not complaining about, we had a blast out there catching those fish.

The fishing was best from 11-4, we literally caught nothing from sun up till 9am.

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never heard the term "ring perch"--yellow perch?full-34915-34864-001.jpg

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never heard the term "ring perch"--yellow perch?full-34915-34864-001.jpg

yep yellow perch.

I've always referred to them as ringed perch because of the vertical bars .

Must be a geographical thing.

That's a nice one in your pic.

I was kinda amazed that the perch were real plump on rainy but the walleye were really skinny. Down here in iowa the river walleye are fat like those perch are. Must be because of the long winters up there .

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Chris Granrud

The Walleyes are actually normally pretty fat. The main basin fish are the last to fatten up as the eating isn't quite as good out there yet. The weed Walleyes are fat as bowling balls!! LOL!!

Nice Perch and Nice Pike!!

Glad you had a great time.

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    • 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.  
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      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. 

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