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1st Trip to Rainy River - A Blast

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Just got back from our annual trip to Kabatogama. Because of the winds, our resort host suggested trying the River in the Falls. We put the boat in at Shorewood Dr and proceeded to have a ball catching Bass and Northerns on the Flyrod and our ultralights. Fished a total of 3 days with the following results.

24 Sep Fished from double Island below plants, down to Island and first big bend. 10AM to 5PM 24 bass, avg 14-16? largest 16.5?, 12 Northerns, avg 26-29?
25 Sep Fished from double Island below Plants down to Rock Reef near Golf Course 10AM ? 4:30PM 33 Bass, 14-17 avg, largest 20?, 31 Northerns, 26-29? avg, 4 fish over 29 inches, largest 37?.
27 Sep Fished double Islands to golf course 10AM to 5:15PM, 34 Bass, avg 14-15?, largest 16.5?, 19 Northerns, avg 26?, 2 Walleye, largest 20?


Bass and Northerns were caught using Rappala #4 Shadraps, #4 Jointed Shadraps (Fire Tiger and Perch), Tiny Torpedos (Fire Tiger top water lure). Some bass were caught on Fly rod using a red/white deciever pattern or a weighted black leech pattern. Most of the big Northerns were nailed with the Red/White Deciever fished with a moderate retrieve in the slack water below the islands and inside shoreline eddys.

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That sounds like bigtime fun for sure. I love catching smallies on my 7wt magic wand!


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We won't be back to the Falls until next Summer, but I'm wondering how well the river fishes when the water is higher. The low water made locating fish extremely easy. They were very predictable. When the river is up, say 5+ feet more, does it fish as well? We fished with a traditional bass boat, but I'm wondering what a stronger current might do?


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