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2017 Rainy River Conditions

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ducksnbucks

I have been looking at the gages this morning and the L.F. still appears to be either frozen or have an ice jam at the most downstream gage in Little Fork. The discharge is not working but the water level has risen 3' since Sunday. The next upstream gage however is flowing good and has risen from 1,200cfs to 5,000+cfs since Sunday and has risen 8' in the same period. The Big Fork doesn't have cfs data so I am thinking its frozen but the height has risen 2.5' since Sunday. I would think with that flow and the warm weather it's only a matter of days until they both go.

 

Other trips like the Black River and Rapid River are all on the rise both cfs and height.

 

Also, I took a look at the Rainy at Manitou Rapids and it has risen about 2' and has gone from 14,000 cfs to 17,500 cfs since Sunday.

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Tony S

 

On ‎3‎/‎23‎/‎2017 at 8:31 PM, schucanoe said:

 

Just wanted to share info on what I know about how those USGS stream gages work.  The stream gaging station will not reflect accurate readings of stage and discharge while ice cover is present.  If you are looking at USGS stream gages you will see a little note in the data table that says "Ice Cover" if this is the case.  They won't be useful until the ice is gone and "Ice Cover" is not showing up next to the readings.  They work on water pressure to estimate the height of water above the gage.  More water flowing under the ice creates more water pressure, so makes the estimated gage height and corresponding estimated discharge go up.  The USGS gage at Manitou should be accurate (no ice cover).  The higher flow will draw the fish in better than low flow.  Another good one to check is the LWCB gages for Rainy Lake and the tailrace below the dam(s).  That will help determine if it's the Forks affecting water levels or just more water coming out of Rainy, which is nice and clear.  Hopefully it won't get muddy!  Maybe see you out there DucksnBucks.  T-Rock-1.

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ducksnbucks

T1, sent you a PM! -T2

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Ranger62200

Anyone on the river today that give us a water clarity report? 

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eskimo9

River is up to 21,200 cfs at Manitou with no signs of slowing down. Probably has something to do with lack of reports. Hopefully it stays clean and we are near the crest. Good luck everyone! Keep the reports coming 

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joeranger618t

We stayed home. Heard some reliable reports it got muddy and the fish shut off.  Anyone hear different?

 

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White-tips

I heard same thing. Already down to 6 inches of clarity with logs and branches.

 

Can anyone confirm?

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joeranger618t

Resorts don't like spreading the bad news. I get it. Pretty quiet on the social media.  

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Big A

Bueller..... Bueller.... :( 

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Rough_Fish

From Steve's Lucky Bait:

 

"From the reports we've heard they opened the dam in international falls. It's making the river dirty. I was at wheelers point access yesterday and had about 2 feet of clarity but heard birchdale had about 8 inches or less. That water should be to 4 mile bay today. Let's hope for clear reports from birchdale today. I'll keep you guys up to date the best I can. Sturgeon are snapping. Walleyes are still being caught just a tough bite."

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joeranger618t

Thanks Rough_Fish!

 

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northernfishin

The dam flow was not increased. I manage that for work

 if anything we've decreased cfs on the dam. I believe the little fork and big for are probably going out if you're seeing those issues. 

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maxpower117
1 hour ago, northernfishin said:

The dam flow was not increased. I manage that for work

 if anything we've decreased cfs on the dam. I believe the little fork and big for are probably going out if you're seeing those issues. 

 

This makes sense to me, not to mention you work there. I've watched the river gauges for the past 2 weeks and the international falls gauge hasn't budged except for a little rise in water level. 

 

Plus I can't imagine rainy lake water being dirty. It must be the forks. 

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Hines R

Heading up this weekend. Working some on the cabin and stuff. First time I'm looking at going out fishing and launching a boat this early. Most likely launch out of Wheelers Point. Just wondering if from a safety or launching the boat standpoint if I should be ready with or careful of certain things.  Any tips from a safety standpoint would be greatly appreciated!

 

Ryan

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joeranger618t

Watch for ice chunks and debris and don't get worked up about the high boat traffic.

 

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northernfishin

The dams cfs has been diminishing over the past week. I'm thinking the rivers are finally going out. Only a tough bite if you're not prepared for the type of fishing that the fish are biting on. I'm planning on picking up som vibratos in fire tiger or orange and yellow. A safety note: wear a life jacket at all times and have a throw ready to be tossed to someone. Also avoid going in areas in familiar. The river has a lot of dead heads and boulders that are in forgiving. Especially hard to see if water is silty. 

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LucasLongCaster

How long does this typically take to clear up?

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FishinFreak17

Heading up early tomorrow from Duluth and fishing out of Wheeler's Pt area.  I hope the conditions are not as bad as predicted with low water clarity.   We will give it our best shot and enjoy the time on the water.  Good luck to all others on the water!

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northernfishin

Looks like little fork is about 25% open in littlefork. Big fork was roaring in big falls. 

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northernfishin

Looks like little fork is about 25% open in littlefork. Big fork was roaring in big falls. 

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side_laker

anyone drive past the big fork and little fork where it dumps into the rainy. Wonder if it's opening up there. Hope to head up Tuesday unless there is a bunch of junk coming down the river 

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northernfishin

Yes. It's all open and flowing free. 

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side_laker

Thanks for the update

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djensen140

I have a small 14 ft boat, if I drop in at birchdale will I be able to navigate up and down the long sault rapids?

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Handsonthepole

River is dirty.  Had 4-6 days of fantastic fishing and now quite a drop off.  I believe the season wraps up on the 14th so hopefully it will clear up by then.  If not, can be the best Sturgeon fishing anywhere and a lot less boats!

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