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Royal_Dutchman

2017 Rainy River Conditions

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Have the "forks" let go yet? I know things turn to chocolate milk for awhile when they do... Got burned on that last year big time.

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March 20th, 2017:
   Grant talked to his cousin who knows the guy that works for the county and said they opened up Birchdale Landing this morning.  We did see a picture that Lake of the Woods Tourism posted on Facebook showing the landing was open for all boats.  Grant's cousin also this guy said the plan is to hopefully get Frontier Landing open for all boats tomorrow.  We had some projects that we had to get done around here before a busy weekend so we were not able to get to Birchdale today.  We are hoping to go tomorrow afternoon and will have pictures to share of Frontier and Birchdale Landings along with where the river is open to.
 

I am not sure about the forks as we do not travel that far very often.  Hopefully there is someone on here that drives by them to let us know.  In the past we have had a person send us pictures when they did break open. 

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Thanks for the reports Dutchmen really appreciate the updates! Looking forward to my trip up there  in a couple weeks always fun CPR some of those sumo eyes.

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The more ramps open the better to spread people out.  No offense, but the hundreds of boats that converge is my least favorite part of the whole thing.  I'm as friendly as anyone but don't really like the crowds.  And yes I know I'm part of the problem.  My best piece of advice for anyone that goes is be flexible once you are up there.  Don't hesitate to travel.  If you're camped at Birchdale and it's slow go downriver.  It doesn't pay to wait for the fish to come to you if you only have a few days to fish up there.   You'll know if they're not there after a day or so.  If the river gets really muddy go downstream and try 4 mile bay.  Too muddy for Walleye?  Bring some sturgeon gear.  Be safe, courteous and jovial. 

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March 21st, 2017: 
   Grant and I were able to go check the river around 4:30pm and found that there is open water 1.8 miles West of Vidas Landing.  We are thinking by tomorrow evening we should have open water in front of our house (4.3 miles away from our house).  The county did not open up Frontier today so hopefully tomorrow or Thursday they will be able to get in there and open it up.  We did hear that Kuttes Landing by Pelland Junction is also open for bigger boats and of course Birchdale Landing is open for all boats. 

03.21 Birchdale Landing.JPG

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03.21 Vidas Landing.JPG

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We will be up fishing Friday to sunday.  Good luck everyone.

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Any updates on river conditions? I got my schedule. Got the 3-15 April off. Hope to get in on some great fishing. Missed it last year due to training at my new job, AtlasAir. 

 

Imm baaackkk!

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Welcome back!!

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Any word on if the forks let loose yet?

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The MN DNR website shows the Big Fork just opening up upstream and the Little Fork open for about half of it's length upstream. Flows are high but have been higher in past years so may not be high enough to cause problems. I would think within 4 -5 days one will be able to tell how severe the spring rise in the Forks will be. If the upstream gages begin to drop soon it will be a good sign as it will indicate the big push from upstream is past.

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All eyes on the forks now. Weather looks perfect for a steady slow release. Minimal impact this year but I'd bet this weekend and next week will be the worts of it. 

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Nice fish, great pic!

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Beauty.

Where were you fishing out of?

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Going to hit it tomorrow. Haven't decided where we will but in at the junction or head towards birchdale. Have heard varying fishing reports. Any info is appreciated! Tight lines everyone!

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14 hours ago, ANYFISH2 said:

River conditions are nearly perfect!

 

Gorgeous day on the water today.

Fishing wasnt half bad either.

My 10 yr old Isaac and I teamed up today to land a total of 64 fish including, 23", 24", (3)25" and Isaacs new PB 29" 9lb 6oz.

 

Sturgeon became active as the day went.  Landed 3 and didnt play with 4 others.

 

Isaacs big fish!

 

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Good for him holding that big pig.

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Buddy of mine just drove past the Big and Littlefork rivers on hwy11, said ice bank to bank on both. Even saw fresh tracks from snowmobiles on them. So for whatever that's worth guys and gals. 

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12 hours ago, Poutwhacker said:

 

Beauty.

Where were you fishing out of?

 

We have fished both days out of Vidas.

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Day two was a bit different than day one for us.  Much slower mid day resulting 50 fish for the day.  A couple of 23" being the biggest.

 

 ESE wind caused a different approach Today that challenged me a bit.  As well as the river was VERY BUSY today!

 

Water conditions appeared to stay fantastic as far as current and clarity,  should be a nice week ahead for those coming up.

 

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Sunday was more of the same.  Morning bite was strong than waining midday.  Isaac and I managed 30 more walleye sunday morning before heading home.

Our biggest for sunday 27" 8lb 4oz.  We caught 6 fish over 23" sunday, (2)23, 24 

, (2)26, 27.

 

River is now open past Wheelers point.

 

 

 

 

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Anyfish2 - thanks for the reports. I believe it was you who had written a little summary that included a rough estimation of when the LF river busts open and muddies the Rainy. 

 

Can you (or anyone) comment on when that's looking likely to happen? anyone know when the river cleared the Frontier landing? I think you said that happening gives a 1-to-2 week notice on the LF breakup.

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Frontier opened up bout the 19th or 20th

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Anyone hear what the water temp is?  Just curious. Thanks

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Water temps reached about 37 degrees Sunday.  

 

I watch the USGS Rainy River Basin report for the Little Fork.

The bog sure didnt look super full on the west side so hopefully with little snow left to melt it wont build up too much pressure in Little Fork.

Little fork levels are still rising however, let hope for light rain events if any going through the season.  It is rare the Little fork dosent muddy the rainy, theres always hope.  

I personally think the river will be good through this week, then all bets are off.

 

 

 

 

 

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Any new reports on how close the forks are to opening up

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