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2014 Rainy River Conditions by Royal Dutchman

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side_laker

I have some left over cyscos from northern fishing this winter would it be worth bringing them up for sturgeon or better to just use crawlers.

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fishuhalik

Just use crawlers & live fatheads. I've tried using tullies & didn't have much luck

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Hello Everyone!! I am so sorry I haven't been on here updating as well as I normally do. We have been busy and were gone this weekend I kept the facebook page updated the best I could from my phone but it is so hard to update information on this site on my phone. Here are the past updates.

Yes the big and little fork have broke open as of today. We had some friends check it for us as we did not have time to drive up there.

April 22nd, 2014:

Just got word about 3:30 PM that both the big fork and little fork are open.... There is not much debris coming past our house as of 3:45 PM. Grant checked the river just before dark and didn't see any debris coming down the river. The water looked a little cloudy/dirty.

April 21st, 2014:

We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! We were able to spend time with Alyse's family for the weekend. We did get word that the river is open past Wheelers Point it opened up quick in a few days. A group that was fishing today mentioned the river was a little dirty but not bad at all.

April 18th, 2014:

When we woke up this morning almost all the shore ice was gone and you were able to get to the docks with a boat.

April 16th, 2014:

Late afternoon the river open up in front of our house!! There is still shore ice and the dock isn't quite open yet but it is open at least!

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.

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RoyalDutchman

Also, I hope to have a sturgeon report tomorrow morning as the group got in late tonight and I never got a chance to talk to them.

To Answer the question about Walleye Season closing you and can fish all day April 14th, on the 15th you can not. Sorry I didn't get back to you faster.

Here's to everyone having a great Sturgeon Season and we hope you catch some monsters!

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RoyalDutchman

I never saw any huge ice chunks or logs coming down the river at all today

Talked to a few different groups today and sounds like the sturgeon are biting!! One group said they caught about 15 sturgeon for the last 2 1/2 days with the biggest one being 73 inches and right before that he landed a 59 inch one! Another group that fished most of today caught 8 total and had a blast! Can't wait to get pictures of that 73 inch to share with everyone he figures it was well over a 100 lbs!

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Pictures please! BC

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    • Rick
      Nice video. Thank you @papadarv NOTE:We will be updating the forums and all videos uploaded here will go straight to a player that folks can just click and watch instead of downloading and watching.
    • papadarv
      Out Saturday afternoon doing some sight fishing with my camera on one of Chisago County lakes. Water was a bit dirty and with 26 inches of ice camera clarity was a bit lacking. Did get some nice video of the afternoon. Battery augers failed after a couple of holes so went with the Eskimo gas. Lots of fish above the weeds in 10 FOW.  EazyCam site fishingHB.mp4
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
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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
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    • Hoey
      Why not go out of Swift?  I nothing about the Warroad access, sorry.  
    • Hoey
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    • 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
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
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