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2017 Rainy River Conditions

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maxpower117
15 hours ago, northernfishin said:

Yes. It's all open and flowing free. 

Huh?  Where?

 

I just drove over them. Ice on both forks under hwy 11. 

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slowpoke

Just got back from Rainy. Water is not chocolate milk. Visibility is about 12". Still good enough for walleye to see a jig. Talked to DNR guy. He said the Corp opened up the dam @ I Falls to clear all the debris that was piling up. Water rose 2 ft and current was swift . Fish are still there, look for drop off and boulders they can hide behind. Fished in the Gap on Sat. out past Pine Island, right up against the ice-pack. It wasn't hot and heavy but fish were being caught.  Lots of boats at Wheelers Landing so get there early or plan to walk a long ways. Don't know what if anything will change when the Little Fork breaks.  Good Luck fishing. 

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jeff wilson

Just got back from the Rainy River the river is muddied up.  If you look at the water temps from Pelland the water temp has increased.  If you look at the temps from the Big and Little Fork the river temps have dropped 3-4 degrees, which I suspect means they have broke.  The speed of the river has also increase and you can only see you jig about 8 inches below the surface.  We did not catch a walleye on Saturday and we were on the river until 6:30.  My experience after fishing the river for over 20+ years is that it usually takes 10-12 days to clear up.  The reports from guys we talked to said they caught fish out in the lake by Pine Island but the majority we really small.  If someone lost a rod and reel up by the church on the river drop me a line I snag one on Sat. it is a special rod so if you can identify it I can get it back to you.  Good luck fishing  

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maxpower117

Not totally sure what you mean by broke but the little and big fork rivers still have ice on them. 

 

They are very high and dumping lots of water and mud in them, but still ice covered. 

 

I drove over them at 10 am this morning plus I put my boat in at pelland. 

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FishinFreak17

We fished the out of Vitas Saturday and not a bite for 5 hours (dirty water).  Pulled out and launched at Wheelers Pt and eventually caught two fish by 6pm (16" and a slot, 24.5").  A long day and a long wait at the ramp to pull out.  Sunday was better since we found the Lake was open out to 3/4 of a mile. Fished in 15 FOW and caught fish.  Several cigars, 6 keepers and 3 nice slot fish, largest was 26".  Pulled off the water by noon due to high winds.  For the first attempt at fishing the Rainy in the Spring, it was not what I had hoped.  I will time it out better next year!  It was still great to be on the water.  Watched many sturgeon being boated.

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northernfishin

Fished above the little fork as that was pretty murky and caught a three person limit with a few slot fish. 10-15fow. spent about 4 hours fishing so not to bad. Only one female caught. The rest were Nice males. The still hadn't gone out on the little fork but the big fork was flowing hard and backed up all the way past the second bridge on highway 6. Looks like the swamps and ditches are draining nicely and river looked to be down a foot in a days time. 

For those who keep stating the dam opened, it did not. The river levels rose due to big fork having its spring run off. The cfs on the dam has actually been decreasing due to river level increasing. It's my job to manage this so I trust my source...

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joeranger618t

Thanks for the report northernfishin!   Appreciate the info.

 

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Uncle Rico
1 hour ago, northernfishin said:

Fished above the little fork as that was pretty murky and caught a three person limit with a few slot fish. 10-15fow. spent about 4 hours fishing so not to bad. Only one female caught. The rest were Nice males. The still hadn't gone out on the little fork but the big fork was flowing hard and backed up all the way past the second bridge on highway 6. Looks like the swamps and ditches are draining nicely and river looked to be down a foot in a days time. 

For those who keep stating the dam opened, it did not. The river levels rose due to big fork having its spring run off. The cfs on the dam has actually been decreasing due to river level increasing. It's my job to manage this so I trust my source...

Did you guys hear they opened the dam!?!

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Mnboater

That's what I was told at Lucky Bait. 

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maxpower117

I'm thinking that this is some kind of inside joke up there. Either that or they're trying to downplay the fact that the forks are impacting the fishing. 

 

I also fished above above the forks yesterday and saw the water level and clarity first hand. 

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SM1

Looks like little fork is on the rise even more so in the past 12 hrs than previously. I was hoping it would be going back down by now, but maybe this is going to be a second blast of debris and even worse clarity??

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northernfishin

Same here maxpower117. I also know people who live on little fork and said it hasn't broke yet. Looks to be backing up badly. Going to be big surge when it goes. I think people resort to the dam when they're not sure. Like I said. I typically post this time of year of levels will change due to flow changes at I falls dam. We're almost to a point where we will start cutting back more because rainy lake is at its minimum level for year. We never open the dam to blow out debris or whatever someone said. We're controlled under the International Joint Council who dictates flows. Pretty much Toronto and St Paul tell us what we can do and it's always about rainy lake level. If I had friends asking where to fish I would suggest below the dam in I falls. 

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DocJpa

Where would a guy put in above the Forks where you wouldn't be effected by the heavy flow and debris? Landings? Smaller boats? Concerns? Any info would be appreciated, got a trip planned tomorrow but would like some options. Just need to get out on open water and fish, I know it is sounding terrible but have the trip planned.

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northernfishin

There's two options. The landing in pelland across from junction bar (great place to get food and beer after fishing). I put my 18' big lake boat in and do most of the year there. Otherwise drive into town and put in down the road from Hardee's on shore wood drive. That's a nice big beautiful landing. From there you can fish below the dam or down river. Make sure to have a good map as there's lots of shallow areas. 

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joeranger618t

I think you'd be fine at Pelland.  I've fished there b4 and it's not near as good as it is downstream toward the lake.  I wonder if you'd be better off trying to get out on the lake and battle it out there.

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Mikeyb_official

Just got up today theres a frig ton of ice chunks gotta chip out r landing hopefully its not to friged up to get a boat out there let u guys know

Pretty friggin muddy too sturgeon dont care tho

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Big Country
19 hours ago, jeff wilson said:

Just got back from the Rainy River the river is muddied up.  If you look at the water temps from Pelland the water temp has increased.  If you look at the temps from the Big and Little Fork the river temps have dropped 3-4 degrees, which I suspect means they have broke.  The speed of the river has also increase and you can only see you jig about 8 inches below the surface.  We did not catch a walleye on Saturday and we were on the river until 6:30.  My experience after fishing the river for over 20+ years is that it usually takes 10-12 days to clear up.  The reports from guys we talked to said they caught fish out in the lake by Pine Island but the majority we really small.  If someone lost a rod and reel up by the church on the river drop me a line I snag one on Sat. it is a special rod so if you can identify it I can get it back to you.  Good luck fishing  

Sent you a private message Jeff.  BC

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tsims145

Got back from up there last night, fished Saturday and Sunday morning. River was pretty muddy and the Walleye bite was slow on the river. Fish were being caught out on the lake close to the ice, but mostly small ones with a few mid 20" fish mixed in. Sturgeon fishing was hot in 4 mile bay for the people that gave up on walleyes and targeted them. This was only my second time up there (last weekend being the first), talking to a few guides and local fisherman they were hopeful for the river to clear back up by the end of this week. Hopefully the walleye fishing picks up before the season closes. 

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SM1

USGS graph for manitou is currently reporting 28,100cfs discharge. If that number is correct it would apparently break the flow record last set in 1945. 

 

The river must really be moving. ???

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Hines R

We fished Saturday and caught a couple. One 25 inch fish on the river near the church.  That is my dad and step mom with that 25.  We need to have a class on how to hold a fish to make it look bigger.  Luckily I didn't donate any rods to the lake. We did make it all the way out of the gap on the main lake to 15 feet. It was crazy how many people were up fishing and how many boats were on the water. I've never fished this early so that was the closest I've ever been to ice in a boat.

 

Landing the boat on Sunday with the current and that wind direction was super fun. Watched a guy in front of me take about 5 tries at it before he got onto the trailer.

 

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joeranger618t

looks like the little fork dropped over night. But Manitou was still cranking up.

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northernfishin

Report last night from buddy who lives where little fork dumps into rainy stated lots of ice and debris moving on river and ice is gone now and mouth. Fished the river above forks after work.l for a couple hours. Three fish. Two nice eaters and a 20" that had shoulders like a 25". No females. Broke of one big fish that had some impressive head shakes. Got a flat tire from a screw in my truck tire at the landing. Looks like the county grated the parking lot nicely Monday. Beautiful night. 

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Poutwhacker

We have reservations at the Dutchman, so are planning to come up tomorrow. Was up last week and did well on walleyes, but realize the Rainy situation has changed. For those who know the river and area better than me, under the current conditions, does it even pay to try the Clementson area, or should we try the mouth or head upstream to Pelland? Or may it clear up enough to try Vidas, Frontier, Birchdale areas?

Thanks in advance.

'Pout

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DocJpa

Was at Frontier this morning, it was a mess! Ice and trees from bank to bank coming down stream. There is no way you could put a boat in safely without damage. I'd guess that mess will be at Wheelers Pt tomorrow. Going to take 3-4 days before that stuff clears but will still have chocolate soup water for a while.

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northernfishin

Looks like rivers finally breaking. The level in the falls crested yesterday and is down a foot plus in last 24hrs. Currently coming down at a rate of 10" per day but slowing up right now. We got an note this morning that we will be moving some water levels around on the dam and will know for sure in the coming days if it'll be slowing up the dam further or increasing flow to help drain lake further before rainy lake ice busts up. 

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