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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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    • perry p

      Posted (edited)

      Thanks Workin, Bart and especially Jim for the replies. My family really enjoys fishing on Clearwater lake.

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    • muskie-mike

      Posted

      Good walleye bite on leadcore..40 walleyes in 25-28 ft of water,mid lake..None over 16 inches...

    • JBMasterAngler

      Posted

      First time up in Brainerd in 3 years. Went to big trout on Friday, thinking it would be a guarantee (which it usually is). Nope! Not even the rock bass were hitting! Only ended up with a couple pike and a couple largemouths. The inspector at the boat launch was showing me some pics of a couple lake trout this one guy had caught a few days earlier, a 34 and 36 incher! Saturday we were going to fish gull, but it was jam packed with people! Was there a tournament going on? Ended up at a secret little lake where my wife caught bass and pike one right after the other, while I couldn't get a bite to save my life! Was good to be back up there after a 3 year absence. Hopefully I'll find the time to get up there again.

    • Cliff Wagenbach

      Posted

      Very nice walleye no matter how the picture came out! Do not see many of those each year!

      We ended up keeping 9 walleyes and releasing 3 slot fish between 19" and 23".

      Cliff

    • LBerquist

      Posted

      Here's the proof of the 28" I told you about today cliff. Unfortunately this picture doesn't make this fish out to be nearly as impressive as she was in person. I'm gonna need to work on my selfie skills.

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    • my family and I new to the area this summer we have been fishing the shore lines around maple lake and have done.  I am not familiar with the are a around here, we would like to get a few more times and ideas or how to advice would be appreciated, I also have a 4 year old we are just introducing to the sport  i don't have and am not really in fishing catfish, just to get out a bit more before things freeze up 

      thank you Mike in Crookston 

    • bassbouncer

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    • monstermoose78

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      8 hours ago, ZachD said:

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      Posted

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    • Cliff Wagenbach

      Posted

      I would say that we are about 1/4 into fall colors in this area.

      Cliff



  • Posts

    • perry p
      Thanks Workin, Bart and especially Jim for the replies. My family really enjoys fishing on Clearwater lake.
    • muskie-mike
      Good walleye bite on leadcore..40 walleyes in 25-28 ft of water,mid lake..None over 16 inches...
    • JBMasterAngler
      First time up in Brainerd in 3 years. Went to big trout on Friday, thinking it would be a guarantee (which it usually is). Nope! Not even the rock bass were hitting! Only ended up with a couple pike and a couple largemouths. The inspector at the boat launch was showing me some pics of a couple lake trout this one guy had caught a few days earlier, a 34 and 36 incher! Saturday we were going to fish gull, but it was jam packed with people! Was there a tournament going on? Ended up at a secret little lake where my wife caught bass and pike one right after the other, while I couldn't get a bite to save my life! Was good to be back up there after a 3 year absence. Hopefully I'll find the time to get up there again.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Very nice walleye no matter how the picture came out! Do not see many of those each year! We ended up keeping 9 walleyes and releasing 3 slot fish between 19" and 23". Cliff
    • LBerquist
      Here's the proof of the 28" I told you about today cliff. Unfortunately this picture doesn't make this fish out to be nearly as impressive as she was in person. I'm gonna need to work on my selfie skills.