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sachem longrifle

fall questions

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This year will be my first fall trip to rainy/LOTW. I want to know several things to be prepared.

1) If you could pick the one time to go in fall, when?

2) how does the border thing on the river work? Do you get 2 liscence or just stay on the Minn side?

3) Bait and tackle?

4) Is the fishing just a river fishing or do you fish the bays in fall also?

5) Can anyone recommend a good resort?

6) any dock or shore fishing opportunity at any resorts?

Thank you in advance

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I mean rainy river.

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Here you go.

1. October-November the best time to go. The later the

better but it also gets pretty cold. October is fine.

2. The border is an imaginary line down the center of

the river. You just stay on the US side of the river.

3. Local shiner minnows and jigs are what you will use.

Everybody will have the minnows, no need to bring

anything else along. The current will dictate how big

a jig you will use. Trolling crankbaits is also a

very good method if you are a troller.

4. You fish the river, the bay and the lake. Anchor up

and hold the jig 6 inches off the bottom and just

give a twitch or touch the bottom with it once in a

while.

5. There are many good resorts that handle fall fishing.

you can check the sponsors of this website first. I

recommend River Bend Resort (one of the prime spots

is right in front of the resort) and Zipple Bay Resort.

Zipple Bay is not on the river but has real good fall

fishing in the lake.

6. You could fish off of the docks at most of the Resorts

along the river. You dont see it done too much there

isnt any reason why it couldnt be ok.

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Clementson Resort is a good place to stay for October/November river fishing, since you would be close to where the good fishing is. In the area near Clementson you have diversity of fishing walleyes, meaning flats or the the area that has alot of structure. If the shiners are not running good, use a silver jig, I found that works great. You can anchor, drift (if current is strong enough) or troll. Try Clementson area all the way to Birchdale! Good Luck!

frown.gif I am going to miss the fall fishing this year!

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Thank you to both of you for the tips. i have already made my reservations at riverbend for the weekend of OCt 20. This will be my first and i hope the weather cooperates

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Sachem: I think you have picked a good weekend for your trip. Curt and I both have places across from River Bend, and I for one will be up that weekend too. The shiners should be running and the Hogs usually follow them. I'll be anchored on the river in front of the Wind Sock, bouncing heavy Jigs and Minnows.. Middle of October is a fantastic time of the fall fishing... Kaz smile.gif

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Kaz, If you save me a seat, I'll put it on my calender. I can be up Thursday and/or Friday depending on when you're coming. Talk at ya soon.

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Does anybody use heavier jigs than 1/2 oz on the river this time of the year or is 1/2 big enough?

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I reckon it would depend on just where a person is fishin eh. Depth and current will dictate your jigs needed weight. With the flows we have this year I bet I won't use a jig heavier than a 1/4 ouncer where I usually anchor down.

Bring on the Shiner run!!!

fiskyknut

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With all the great plug fishing on teh main lake leading up to the shiner run fishing in the river anyone looking to or considering pulling plugs out from the gap. I've made runs out to the main lake in many October visits in years past but jigs were the only presentation. Anyone ever pulled plugs late in the main lake with any success?? I'm looking ahead to alternate options with the low water levels. Expecting the fishing to be very challenging this fall in the river. Visiting week of Oct 15th. Guess fishing the falls will be an easy NO this year.

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I've done a bit of plug pullin over the years on the lake and/or the river during the fall run. Some days it works and others it don't!! After many weeks of that mid and late summer troll-a-thon that jiggin rod sure feels good!!

I have high hopes for the fall run, low water or not there will be fish to be caught with the jiggin sticks for sure!

fiskyknut

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I hear you on the jigging rod. Been doing the shiner run for over 10 years and we're almost exclusive on the plugs unless the fish or weather tell us otherwise. We tend to do better on size and typically always figure them out with plugs unless the waters down. Good year to keep an open mind but would like to hear of any success stories pulling plugs in the main lake in October. The plugs we've had most success with in past few years have been the shortest Deep Husky Jerk (size 10) in Gold, Clown and Fire Tiger along with Dave's Kaboom in red and FTiger ( or the old Thundersticks). Shad raps have really stopped working in the past few years or slowed considerably. Never pulled Taildancers but thinking of hitting the deep holes with the Deep TDs you guys have been pulling this summer.

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