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A question for people who consistantly fish Rainy for walleyes... Normally where are some good key areas to start checking for fish during the end of Febuary first part of March? I am planning a trip around this time and was just curious on to how the bite is during this time, where a person could best locate these fish (depths/structure), and what techniques/lures shine on this lake? Spots are not needed, but general areas of interest would be great. Any help would be great!!!

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fishmeister_86

HI JKH,

I'D FISH RAINY LAKE CITY, EARLY MORNING & LATE EVENING., IN 12 TO 20'., DURING THE DAY I WOULD FISH 30 TO 40 FEET., AT BIRCH POINT. THESE ARE THE ONLY PLOWED ROADS., IF YOU HAVE A SNOWMOBILE...YOU CAN GO JUST ABOUT WHERE EVER YOU WANT(EXCEPT CURRENT AREAS) IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE LAKE, BE CAREFULL, OR BETTER YET HIRE WOODY 218-286-5001.

MY FAVORITE COLORS PLAIN HOOK & A BIG SHINNER, I LOVE GOLD KASTMASTERS & A MINNOW HEAD, A REGULAR PINK 1/8OZ. JIG, I LIKE A 1/8OZ GLOW IN THE DARK WHITE WITH RED EYES, EARLY MORNING & LATE DAY. HOPE THIS HELPS.

SINCERELY,

FISHMIESTER

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Jim Hudson

Fishmiester,

Thanks for the post!! I suppose the end of Feb first part of March the walleyes are pretty finicky huh?

Also, for the 2005-2006 regs what do the limits look like? I heard a new slot and a lower limit will be introduced for 'eyes?

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HI JKH,

WHAT YOU NEED IS STABLE WEATHER, NORMALLY THAT IS WHAT HELPS THE BITE. FISH SLOW, AS I REALLY BELIEVE THE FISHES MOTABOLISM SLOWS WAY DOWN. AS FAR AS THE WALLEYE SLOT ON RAINY, I BELIEVE YOU WILL SEE THE 17" TO 28" NO WALLEYE... WILL STAY IN EFFECT FOR A LONGTIME. IT IS WORKING VERY WELL, SO WHY CHANGE IT. SOME PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THE LOW END OF THE SLOT MOVED TO 19", HOWEVER, WE KEEPING GETTING EXCELLENT YEAR CLASSES., SO AGAIN I THINK WE NEED TO LEAVE IT ALONE. I TRY NOT TO KEEP FISH SMALLER THEN 12"., AND THE LAKE IS FULL OF 12"-17" FISH. SOMETIMES ITS TOUGH TO CATCH FISH UNDER 17", BUT IF YOU WANT FISH TO EAT, SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO CHANGE REEFS., ESPECIALLY EAST OF THE BRULE.

SINCERELY,

FISHMIESTER

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Jim Hudson

Sounds good Fishmiester... Do you get out on the ice quite a bit?

And about currents, what are the main places of interest for the spots you described to me? I live on the south shore of Lake Superior, so current areas are not new to me, but I take it this area is more of a river type current? I will be on snowmobile and fising out of Sand Bay...

Also, for live bait, you said big shiners.. like emeralds? Goldens?

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HI JIM,

IF I'M NOT WORKING, I'M FISHING. OUR WATER IS CONTROLLED BY BOISE CASCADE, WHICH IS REQUIRED TO STAY IN A WATER RULE CURVE. THIS IS REGULATED NEAR SAND BAY., HOWEVER WITH 40 BELOW WEATHER, OUR ICE IS GOOD SHAPE. LOOK FOR FISH ON THE BREAKLINES AS MENTIONED. YOU CAN'T GET EMERALD SHINNERS IN THE FALLS, NOR DO YOU NEED THEM.

SINCERELY,

FISHMIESTER

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