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Meat-Run

2014 Rainy open water thread

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Meat-Run

Time to start the Rainy river thread hope the river will be open before the close of the April 14th walleye season!?

MR

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crestliner61

Looking forward to be up there. I believe we will be able to fish Birchdale first week in April. Last year they were pushing boats out of there the last week in march.

Birchdale Historic Ice Out Dates:

'12 March 18

'11 March 22nd

‘10 March 9th

‘09 March 24th

‘08 was March 28th

‘07 was April 1st

‘06 was March 17th

‘05 was March 24th

‘04 was March 22nd

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shiltsy

We're scheduled to be on the ice the weekend of March 21st.... if the ice doesn't cooperate, thinking about a backup plan. Is that way too early to think about Rainy River and open water? Never fished Rainy before, but have heard the legends!

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uffdapete

Lots of good news bad news scenarios on the river.

There have been several years I've been amazed the ice has been out on the river in March and this will be another one. But history shows that the ice will likely be out in March.

Based on Accuweather's forecast leading up to March 21st open water looks questionable but it's hard to put much stock in forecasts even 10 days out. Several times in the last 2 months they've predicted warm ups or at least normal temps 10-15 days ahead and then the reality has been considerable colder than the predictions.

There's still 28" of snow on the ground and I don't see that going down at all until this Sunday. Again they're predicting normal temps or slightly above after that. The good part of lots of snow cover the last 3 months is there's less ice than there should be with 72 days below 0 since Dec. 4.

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Meat-Run

I just book marked ClementsonAccessOnRainyRiver Resort for ice-out updates but nothing yet to report.

mr

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iceman16

im heading up march 31st. will have the boat and ice gear. last year I was up the first two weeks of april and ice fished lotw the first day I was there and was in the water out of birchdale the rest of the time. have a feeling it will be the same as last year. cant wait!

iceman

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maxpower17

Better be praying that the massive amount of snow doesn't melt first. That'll ruin everything. I too believe ice will go off the the current will be too great to see any fish up that far.

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kfk

The fish will be up the river probably more so in strong current than weak current. It's their instinct. The quality of fishing, though, depends on the temperatures which are going to affect the rate of snowmelt and also whether or not we get alot of rain will have an effect. Muddy, high turbidity water can also have a negative affect on fishing. There's alot of ice to melt also and time may become a factor too. Right now it's wait and see.

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DTro

From ClementsonAccessOnRainyRiver's FB Page today...

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Uncle Rico

I hate to say it but I am starting to lose faith. According to my phone it was -15 this morning. Later this week, while most of MN will be pushing 50, Baudette is forecast to barely break 32. Next weekend is basically April 1 already.

I am still hoping for the best, just not sure how all this snow and ice can disappear? At this rate, when it finally does open for big boats it will be an absolute zoo even by Rainy standards.

I hope I am wrong? Anyone else worried?

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vman11

I hate to say it but I am starting to lose faith. According to my phone it was -15 this morning. Later this week, while most of MN will be pushing 50, Baudette is forecast to barely break 32. Next weekend is basically April 1 already.

I am still hoping for the best, just not sure how all this snow and ice can disappear? At this rate, when it finally does open for big boats it will be an absolute zoo even by Rainy standards.

I hope I am wrong? Anyone else worried?

This is how I feel as well. Assuming it will be very late and a zoo is probably going to be reality.

Approximately 21 days left of the walleye season. I think it is safe to say there won't be considerable open water progress next week through 3/28 with lows around 0 for the next few nights. Landings and shorelines are still loaded with deep snow.

With the open water about 20 miles from Birchdale, it could take 10 days of good weather to make it there. That puts it around 4/7-4/8. Assuming the county does what they've done in the past to clear the landing of snow and shore ice, it's going to be right at the end.

Now if we start seeing some 60 degree days it could be a different story, but being real about where the river currently is and what the weather dudes are telling us, it's going to be very close. And if it's close it'll be a zoo.

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Guest

i was thinking the same thing. I as scheduled to be up there april 5-8 but may have to move it back to the following weekend. Looking at past threads and the forecast, I don't think it will even be to Birchdale by the 5th.

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Uncle Rico

Mark me down as saying there will be less than 5 days of big boats at Birchdale. Hope I'm wrong.

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goose89

I'll second Uncle Ricos' prediction...would love to be wrong, but...

btw, Uncle Rico...love the avatar....lol!! Classic character!

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Uncle Rico

Thanks man....once I came up with the name I knew what I wanted as my pic! LOL

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LindellProStaf

Dtro, that must be a pic by Loman. Or is it an early April Fools pic?

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DTro

Dtro, that must be a pic by Loman. Or is it an early April Fools pic?

no that was an actual pic. I believe just upstream of the forks

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DTro

Pelland Landing today, courtesy of ClementsonAccessOnRainyRiver:

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ribsey_77

I guessing that closer to the lake could/should be better but is the fishing up river this far still good? This access is near the hwy 71-hwy 11 intersection correct?

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RoyalDutchman

Pelland is over by International Falls, MN

My husband went out and took pictures just after 4 PM...If you would like to stay updated we do have a separate post on this forum informing everyone of the conditions.

Here is a picture of 17.8 Miles where the open water pretty much ends east of Birchdale Landing:

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Kuttes Landing in Pelland which is 30.5 miles East of Birchdale Landing:

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uffdapete

I guessing that closer to the lake could/should be better but is the fishing up river this far still good? This access is near the hwy 71-hwy 11 intersection correct?

That is correct.

There will be some resident fish there but very few to no lake run yet.

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CANOPY SAM

Don't appear to be happenin' too quick.

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James_R

I heard they're opening up the Dam in I-Falls soon. Should help with the ice but is going to kill the bite.

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Cast A Way

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Vidas Landing today

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Before Frontier

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Frontier landing

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Birchdale landing - Small parking area not plowed and had No Camping signs posted - none of the campground was plowed.

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Looking east from Birchdale

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FJ state park

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FJ state park landing

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Mile marker 164 west of Lohman

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About a mile west of Lohman

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West of Lohman

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Bigfork river looking north

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Bigfork River looking north

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Between BigFork and LittleFork

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LittleFork River bridge looking north

All these pics are from this afternoon. Above you can see the Pelland landing as of today. The landing in I.Falls behind Hardees has snow waist deep.

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