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Hi, have been coming up to rainy lake the last three years. Love it up there. Am coming up the last week in September, staying at camp Idlewood. What can I expect, will be fishing for smallmouth, pike and walleye. Crappie if I can find them. Any input would be appreciated.

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just to add a little, last year was up there the 9th of September. We were catching smallmouth and pike on white 3/8s terminator willowleaf spinnerbaits, had one smallmouth that was 5lbs and caught a nothern that was 41 inches. was catching some walleye and smallmouth on a 3 inch curly tail with a spinner on the rock piles. The walleye we found were in between 35 to 37 feet out by three sisters.

We did not find any crappie, caught a couple by accident while catching the walleys in the deep water. Question, will the crappies go shallow up there in the fall and be in the weeds in the bays?

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HI SHOOTERC,

WELCOME TO THE RAINY LAKE FORUM!!! AS FAR AS THE CRAPPIES, THE MOST COMMON DEPTH IS 30 FEET AT THAT TIME OF THE YEAR., THE BETTER CRAPPIE FISHING WOULD BE ON THE CANADIAN SIDE, HOWEVER THE CRAPPIES ARE BECOMING MUCH MORE PLENTIFUL ON THE AMERICAN SIDE., AND THERE ARE MANY PLACES YOU CAN CATCH THEM BETWEEN THE RANIER BRIDGE & BUSHYHEAD.

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

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Not familiar with bushyhead, what or where is that? When you say they are often if 30 foot of water how far down do they normally suspend? Would you be casting and counting down or slip bobbering? Are they in large enough schools that it would be obvious on the electronics? I don't believe that the way you all catch crapped there is how I would do it here. Here is in central Illinois. Normally in the fall the crappie here will go shallow.

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