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2016 Rainy River Conditions (Ice Out)

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LucasLongCaster

I was up there last year also..cold, same conditions. Not much jigging all day so switched to sturgeon set up also. Made a big Mac out of worms and shiners and caught some pig walleye.

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CLPDB

I had a tripped planned to come up this Friday for the weekend.  I heard the river is pretty dirty.  I'm sure it's a guessing game but on average how long does it take for the river to clear up?  I'm after walleyes.  Would it be best to wait and come up April 1st weekend?

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Uncle Rico

Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that the conditions will be perfect at any time.  We had a year where we waited and waited for the "perfect time" and we would have been far better off going a couple weeks earlier when things weren't just right.  We wound up going the last couple days of the season and it was miserable to be out there and fishing sucked.  We will never make that mistake again.  I would think the conditions in 4 mile bay will be better sooner than in the river, and every fish that enters the rainy will come through that bay.  Just my .02.....

Good luck!

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B-man715

We had our asses handed to us on Friday and Saturday...and so did everyone else. Packed up early and headed home Saturday afternoon.

 

I caught one 20'' walleye.....that's it (caught it Friday). The DNR creel survey guy said we did the best that day......the only other walleye caught out of all the boats he checked was a single 11" walleye..... Unbelievable....

 

We were planning on going next weekend but now looking to push it back until it clears up.

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IceHawk

Unfortunately when its muddy in the river its pretty much hopeless. Been there a few times in those situations and wont do it again. My group is scheduled for April 2nd weekend for 4 days. Crossing our fingers it clears out but with all the tributarys  and the last 10 inch snow dump it may be a dump wil see. We are hopeing its open out to the main lake gap area better chance of finding clearer water and better fishing. Gues we will see where things go next week or so.

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ANYFISH2

Just an option for those there and those who are still going, the area from the Pelland access and east to the International Falls dam is not effected by the Forks muddying the river.  You are fishing almost exclusively river fish there but the fishing can still be very good, just not as many big fish.  Trip will not be a loss at least!  We have had many 50+ fish days in this stretch.

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CLPDB

We decided to wait and go up April 1st.  Talked to a resort and their is a small channel open to the gap and some boat are fishing in it.  Hope it clears up.

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shamrock7

The Little Fork was almost open around noon today and level was about normal.   Still about 1/2 mile of ice holding but open water could be seen south of the bridge so there shouldn't be any big impact when it opens completely.   Big Fork will be a different story.   That river is quite high and holding tight.   

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slammer

So where is the mud coming from?  Runoff or the Little fork?  Another blast of mud from the Bigfork when it opens?  River could stay dirty for awhile.

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LucasLongCaster

Drone footage 

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556LaGue

Hopefully she's good to go by the weekend of the 9th! Coming up that Friday and staying the weekend. First time trying the walleye run up there for this guy! Great drone footage by the way! 

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LucasLongCaster

What was the river like over Easter weekend? 

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IceHawk

Had some friends up over the weekend. Water clarity was about 6-12 inches eye bite was pretty much non existent but the sturgeon were going good! Water temps were around 34 give or take depending on day. A lot of scum hanging on there jigs they tried rippin raps jigs plastics cranks all with little success. Key is clarity if its dirty in my experience its pretty hopeless. Heard the water clarity is about 15 inches up by birchdale and a few eyes getting caught so there is hope. We  had our trip to rainy this thursaday -sunday but rescheduled for the last weekend. Our group of 9  decided  to hit Red Wing pool 4 for our annual run this wknd instead of rainy/  Looking forward to couple fun trips!

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LucasLongCaster

Ya a couple of us will be up the last weekend also. Thanks for the updates. Hope to hear some more throughout the week.

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Shane shadrap

Does anyone know if the main lake will be accessible through the rainy river closing weekend.  Gophers4L and I will be coming up to slay some eyes.

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slammer

Look at the MODIS satellite.  Part of Four mile bay is starting to open.  Might be close as far as getting on the lake.

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elusivecrappiecatcher

Once the big fork river lets loose, its a good 8-10 days before it MIGHT clear up at best.

I am planning on being up there April 8th for the weekend.... I honestly think it is going to SUCK. By that I mean chocolate milk and LOTS of debris on the line and cleaning non stop. All the years I have done it I can tell this year will be miserable, BUT I am still going. Better than sitting on the couch.

Key to when this happens is fish SLOOOOOOOWWWWW Honestly catch more walleye on sturgeon setups than pitching plastics and jigging. Walleye cant see in that crap. Or if you do fish walleye  Obviously like i said slow is the key and use plastics that give off vibration. Puls-R's, Moxie's, things like that. Pitch up to shore and drag really slow almost letting the current do the work. Your hoping for the eyes to key in on the vibration rather than seeing the bait.

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LucasLongCaster

So who has a report on the big fork? Do we need to get some guys together to open it up:boom:

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elusivecrappiecatcher
2 minutes ago, Gophers4L said:

So who has a report on the big fork? Do we need to get some guys together to open it up:boom:

YEP!!!!!

 

I think it was maybe Walleye Central that had a picture from the other day of the Big Fork all jammed up with Ice and rising.

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Uncle Rico

I will preface this by saying I have not been there this year yet.....

That being said, following the precip on or around the 16th, the little fork blew up by 16 feet according to its gauge.  It has been on the fall for well over a week, and is now only a couple feet above winter levels, and flows are stable and ice free according to the gauge.  

The big fork blew up by about 4-5 feet after the precip, and have since settled back to within a foot of winter levels, and again, flows are steady and ice free at the gauge.

While there may be some ice on the forks yet, surely most of the debris flushed out a while ago, and this has been verified by almost everyone lately, who have said that debris has been improving.  

I also have it on good authority that the dam will be pinched down soon, so that will lessen flows on the Rainy also.  Flows on the Rainy have already dropped almost 10,000 cfs (33%) since about 10 days ago.

What I am trying to say is that in my humble opinion the worst has passed, barring weather events.  It will happen soon, and there are some good sticks doing pretty decent for a few days now.  Good luck to everyone!

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LucasLongCaster

I have read that the bite has picked up quite a bit in just the last couple of days. Hopefully that keeps trending upward.

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Shane shadrap

Hey guys.  If both the forks are down and ice free now, and both at dropped winter levels the rainy should clear up soon which is awsome. If the river does clean up by the 8th weekend, and current is low is it best to fish the deeper holes in the river.  I've heard when it's muddy and current is strong that fishing the shallows is best, with plastics.  Like the pulse Rs.... would live bait rainbows or chubs be better fishing deeper if the water is clear. 

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Ivy

I believe Uncle Rico is spot on with his assessment.  The worst thing that could happen now is a big rain.

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rschmidty

I saw pictures from someone fishing up their the past 5 days that both the Big and Little forks have officially let go and are flowing freely into the Rainy River. The USGS is reading flow levels now as well. I think Uncle Rico is spot on as well and with the rivers letting loose, conditions should only improve from here on out.

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slammer

Was planning to go up this weekend but heading West to the Big Mo.  Much better reports than the Rainy.  Good luck to those up there and hope the fish show up for you.

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