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RoyalDutchman

2014 Rainy River Conditions by Royal Dutchman

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Fish Head

So we gained 2-3 miles the past 2 days. Sure why not that current is eating away at it.

That stretch from the upper sault to the Manitou runs fairly shallow for that 6-7 miles so if/when !! the open water gets to the Manitou maybe the pace will pick up a tad with the warmer weather coming and the likely increase in flow/current.

Fish Head ya never know and if your bringing a small skiddable boat you may be good to go Sunday ??

The window of opportunity so short again this year.

Unfortunately, I don't have a small skiddable boat. I'm still keeping the time blocked off on my work calendar, but it isn't looking good.

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RoyalDutchman

April 3rd, 2014: We had temperatures in the high 30s today but it was cloudy most of the day. We went and checked the river about 4 PM and hate to inform everyone that it has maybe moved 2/10 of a mile making it 8.5 miles east of Birchdale Landing.

Here is a picture of the end at the Manitou Rapids:

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RoyalDutchman

April 4th, 2014:

I made the trip east to check the river because we had calls asking if it was 5 miles east of Birchdale Landing. I hate to inform everyone I did go 5.1 miles east of Birchdale Landing and all I saw was snow and no signs of open water. These pictures were taken just before 4 PM and temperature was 38 degrees the whole time. I was able to see open water about 7.3 miles east of Birchdale Landing and then I wasn't able to see the river anymore. So it might be a little bit closer to Birchdale Landing but I know for sure there was still open water at this point.

I took this picture at 7.5 miles east of Birchdale Landing because it didn't have as many trees blocking my view:

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Here is what it looked like at 5.1 miles east of Birchdale Landing. It's not the greatest picture but shows there is still snow and no signs of open water. I tried walking down the hill but the snow went above my knee was very wet. The river is right behind these trees:

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goose89

The "reports" were 5 miles east of FJ...not Birchdale...ahhh, the hysteria!

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RoyalDutchman

I only stated that because of phone calls I had that were asking if it was open 5 miles east of Birchdale.

April 6th, 2014:

We checked the river around 2:40 PM and went right back to the spot that was about 5 miles. There is open water there now!! There aren't many roads to go down to check the river between Franz Jevne and this spot but we did find one that got us close to the river. We found that the river ended just 3 miles east of Birchdale Landing so it opened up just over 4 miles in less than 48 hours. I am really sorry that the pictures aren't as good as they normally are but I (Alyse) forgot the SD card for our big camera in the computer and we had to use our cell phones.

Here is about 3 miles East of Birchdale Landing looking straight ahead:

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Here is 3 miles looking to the west and you can barely see there is open water:

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Here is about 5.1 miles east of Birchdale Landing where less than 48 hours was completely snow covered with no signs of open water:

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goose89

I only stated that because of phone calls I had that were asking if it was open 5 miles east of Birchdale.

RD, that in no way was directed at you, or anyone in particular...If anyone, it was at the folks calling you with wrong info, or wanting you to verify what they read incorrectly on other sites. Not your bad...I appreciate your checking and honesty...Your honesty will pay off in the long haul!! People remember it...We get a little wound up this time of year, and sometimes we "read" what we want to read...."5 miles east of Birchdales "reads" much better than Franz Jev"...Thanks again for all you do!!

ps...that's a great update! We still might get in some Rainy time this year!

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agkimm

Thanks for all of the insight here! The boys from Iowa are pretty curious as we have full open water here for a couple weeks now! Thanks again!!!

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RoyalDutchman

Thank you guys! I know people get so excited when the River starts getting closer to Birchdale and it is fun to hear the stories about how they do it every year

April 7th, 2014:

We checked the river just before 4 PM and there is open water in front of Birchdale Landing! The temperature when we got there was 42 degrees and the sun is shining. On our weather station at home said it was in the low 50s today. You can see the end of the open water just to the west of Birchdale Landing. We talked to a guy from Birchdale that said Koochiching County is going try to bring a bigger hoe and break up the shore ice at Birchdale Landing tomorrow. There are people pushing small boats off the shore ice at Franz Jevne. We will go back tomorrow mid-morning or early afternoon and see if they were able to open the Landing at Birchdale. Also the back parking lot and some campsites were plowed out today.

Here is Birchdale Landing showing how much shore ice there is:

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Looking to the East at Birchdale Landing:

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This is looking to the West at Birchdale Landing showing where the water ends:

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Franz Jevne showing that people are dragging small boats into the river:

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fishuhalik

Outstanding report as always rd!! Thanks a bunch. I won't be making it this spring again but I love following the spring reports. Also, we love staying with you guys for our annual mid-July sturgeon trip. We're already making plans & hope to fill up a few more rooms this year

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NKLCOLT1911

looks to be shaping up nicely!!

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RoyalDutchman

April 8th, 2014:

Just got word from our cousin at about 11:20AM that small boats can get in at Birchdale Landing (pushing off the shore ice) and that the guy opening the access is hoping by the end of today it will be open for big boats! We will wait until later this evening to go check the river and the access so we can have pictures of what it looks like when they are done clearing it out. Thank you to the Koochiching County worker for clearing out the access!

We were able to check the River around 4 PM today after we had received word that the Birchdale Landing is open to all boats! The River is open about 3 miles west of Birchdale Landing and has about 5 miles til it is in front of Frontier Landing.

Birchdale Landing all cleared out and ready for all boats:

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Looking to the east at Birchdale Landing:

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Looking to the west at Birchdale Landing:

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This is about the end of the open water which is by the wayside rest just west of Birchdale showing the geese enjoying the open water:

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agkimm

So that 64 degree day yesterday (4/10/2014) do any good? i would expect a bunch more open water?? Thanks for all of the pics! smile

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RoyalDutchman

Thank you so much!

April 10th, 2014:

Sorry we weren't able to get out and take pictures of the River yesterday we both were busy and didn't want to leave with all the check-ins. Grant was able to go just before noon and check it out. The temperature was in the mid 40s and it has been windy all day. The River is open just less than a mile west of Frontier and the ramp isn't open to big boats as of noon today. Thank you everyone and hope you have a great time fishing!

Ramp at Frontier:

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The end of the River which is just less than a mile west of Frontier:

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RoyalDutchman

April 11th, 2014:

The Frontier Landing is now open to all boats!! Grant checked the River about 1:45 PM and it is about 4 miles West of Frontier just in front of the White Church on the Canadian side. The sun is shinning this afternoon after being cloudy most of the day.

Last night some of the guests told us that fishing was slower today (April 10th) than on Wednesday. Still some nice ones caught with many in the mid 20s still. Also some groups reported catching some sturgeon while fishing for walleyes.

Frontier Landing open for all boats:

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About 4 miles West of Frontier Landing near the White Church:

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RoyalDutchman

April 14th, 2014:

Today is the last day of Walleye Fishing until the opener in May! We would like to thank everyone for the kind words and having fun even if fishing was slow most of the days. Now it's time to think about Sturgeon Fishing which is catch and release right now and the season is open April 24-May 7! We can now see open water from the front door! It is just starting to come around the bend.

Open water will be in front of our docks soon:

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Wensel

RD

Thanks for all the info and work you put into this. What a short window for 2014 walleye!

I do have one question so when the season closes on the 14th that means at 12:01AM on the 14 correct?

Thanks again.

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NKLCOLT1911

what is the status of the forks?

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side_laker

What landings would people recommend to go out of for sturgeon. Planning on making a day trip on April 25th. Usually go out of one close to baudette but would be willing to try one by the falls or anywhere In between

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WWW

Try birchdale. Fish right out in front. Pick a spot just about anywhere.

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fishuhalik

It all depends on if the Big & Little Fork Rivers break loose by then, & if they do, what the water looks like. If the river is ripping and really dirty, most guys will put in right next to where the river dumps in to the lake & fish the river channel out in the bay. Keep in mind though, those fish are still in the river and can be caught! If the river is semi-clear and not too much debris/flow, just pick a deep spot in the river. When I say deep, it's relative to the area. If the surrounding water is 15' & you find a 20' hole, try it. If the water is 25' & you find a 30' hole, try it. And don't fish a spot for more than 45 mins without getting a bite. Keep moving, 50 yards or so at a time. You'll get into em. Don't be afraid to try contour breaks too, they can be hot at times. I think thats why I love the river so much. There's always community holes, but if you wanna get away from the crowds there's always plenty of other spots those fish are holding! Good luck!!

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vman11

I know this isn't personal feedback on river conditions, but you can use this link to see what the rivers are doing from a rise/fall standpoint.

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=fgf

Looks like both the Big and Little Fork rivers are falling, while the Rainy at Manitou Rapids is still slightly rising.

Hopefully the all-day rain gushers stay away for a while.

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JacobG

I just returned yesterday from rainy. Here are the current conditions as of 4 pm yesterday. The river on Monday night iced over with the 4 degree temps and was not accessible, re-freeze. We waited all day in hopes that the river of ice would go away we drove down as far as Birchdale 2 times with no signs of letting up. solid river of ice basically shore to shore. However I was able to fish on Monday and the conditions weather wise, were brutal. there were white caps coming down the river. As far as the river and fishing, we caught only 2 sturgeon and another boat had 3. That was fishing all day til sundown. The current was up a little, not bad and the river was muddy, but not the worse ive seen. Im heading back up tomorrow to fish another 3-4 days. 4 oz of lead was enough to keep us on bottom.

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side_laker

Thanks for the tips. Hope to get at least a few.

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DTro

Anyone know if the LF has opened up yet? I see the the level is dropping steadily. Is it cleaning out already?

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MAdDuckiceroads

Any updates on the ice pack?

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