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I am leaving for Rainy Lake on Tuesday evening and would liek to hear some current fishing reports. I will be staying at Woody's.

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W,

We fished the on Saturday and had great results.

One of our favorite spots is near an island with a shoreline which runs North to South. The adjacent area is a basin of 40 foot water. There was a strong North wind that day, so we started a controlled drift at the North end of the island, using the bow mount trolling motor to control our speed and direction.

We used one ounce bottom bouncers fitted with a chartreuse spinner and half a crawler. We worked the bouncers directly below the boat in about 29 feet of water. Over the course of three hours we caught 40 fish, including two 17’s, two 18’s and a 19. Mixed in were plenty of 15-16’s and no wieners.

Water temp was 59.

Have fun,

Berng

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My wife and I spent last week on Rainy in a houseboat and the fishing was pretty slow for us. The weather probably figured into it, affecting the fish and also keeping us in camp more than I would have liked. The scenery was great though, both fall colors and wildlife.

We fished mostly near Big Island, SE of Brule Narrows, hitting mid lake reefs, and island points and flats. We marked a lot of fish between 50-70 ft, but no concentrations shallower than that. We pulled up small sauger from those depths, so the walleyes should of been shallower, but we couldn't find them. We tried drifting the shallower flats, even though we didn't really graph anything, just to check it out. We did catch fish, but mostly only small ones, far and few between.

I'm sure that Rainy has good fishing based on this and other forums, but it didn't work out for us last week.

I would highly recommend spooling up with Fireline or some other no stretch line. If you end up fishing deep you will need it to feel what is going on way down there.

Jeff

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Just got back from woody's. Fishing under the bridge on friday yeilded a couple of 22's and a 26.5 with many eaters. The wind was fierce out of the east and this was the only place for shelter. Saturday the wind shifted from the north east to the north and so we wondered out towards 3 sisters. Only one over the slot that day. Seems like a few people were pulling plugs with about the same angling success we had out by the blinker. Conditions were tough but we were able to adapt.

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Hi Jim, how was your canoe trip? I ran into you guys at Super One in 2 Harbors in May. We had great fishing on Crescent It was good to see you again Went to Houghton a couple of weeks ago and did some visiting. Fished Portage and got a few. Spent more time visiting than fishing It was great to be back there. Hope all's well with you.mike

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Hi Serti

Just got back from Houghton late last night. Had my favorite dinner......a Pat's IGA pasty. Thought about pulling the boat up for after the meeting, but the weather forecast was not so favorable. I wounder if the PWT has had an impact on those piggy fishing ground. Had some real good success in the fall back in the day. Stoped in at moi's house. He is doing well. Talked to Brian Hannon...He's promoting the clean snowmobile challenge amoung other things. Brought back some of Peterson's smoked trout for the wife.

The fishing back in phobe and grace was not nearly as good as I remimber. Wow the traffic back there, you were absolutly right about it being a busy weekend. Weather was extremely hot, tough to find deep water on those lakes. Good to here from ya, If you need an excuse give me a call. vizanko@aol.com

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    • Stick in Mud

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      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year. 

      Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.

    • Stick in Mud

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      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. :)

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    • FrazerBay

      Posted

      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.

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    • delcecchi

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      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.   

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    • bassbouncer

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      I'm a local and yes we boycott the place. Friends have been told that they aren't wanted there that they only want the tourist business. Wife and I boat to Wolf Bay when we go out. We live 2 miles from the landing and wish it was still run by Jack.

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    • CigarGuy

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    • Stick in Mud
      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year.  Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.
    • Stick in Mud
      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 
    • ZachD
      if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you
    • FrazerBay
      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.
    • delcecchi
      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.    Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it.