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Rainydaze

Low water this year?

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Rainydaze

Just wondering what the general feeling is on the very real potential of VERY low water this open water season. As most know our water level in this region is way down right now, and so far we aren't going to have much of any snow melt in the fast approaching spring. I would imagine like this winter there will be limited amounts of current. Regardless of the fishing conditions I might suggest many lower units to be taken out too. Regardless of that unless we can climb out of this dry weather run we are having we are going to experience different conditions this year. Make no mistake these conditions are being experienced in all of Northern Minnesota, and isn't Isolated to Rainy. I'm not suggesting at all that it will be bad for fishing. I also wonder if this year will produce very poor spawning conditions. Gut feeling tells me the Ranier area close to the bridge will be stacked more so than normal as that will still have some moving water. Any thoughts?

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DancesWithWaves

Red Lake down 2'--Rainy Lake below rule curve drought line--Lake superior down 18"and heading toward record low--Not good!!!

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fishmeister_86

HEY R.D.,

YUP, LOTS OF LOWER UNITS WILL BE LOST, ALSO WHEN WE SEE WATER LEVELS THIS LOW, "NEW ROCKS" SEEM TO APPEAR. NORMALLY RANIER IS MUCH BETTER WHEN THERE IS HEAVY CURRENT., I DON'T THINK THE FISHING WILL BE EFFECTED, BUT LOW WATERS ARE NOT GOOD FOR WALLEYES SPAWNING. PEOPLE ARE FUNNY, A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I PRESIDENT OF THE R.L. SPORTFISHING CLUB, OUR WATER LEVELS WERE FLOODING STAGE HIGH, I HAD A INDIVIDUAL CALL ME UP, SWEARING AT ME & THE CLUB BECAUSE WE WERE THE CAUSE FOR THE FLOODING, I TOLD HIM GOD WAS STILL ALIVE & HE WAS THE ONE WHO SENT 9 INCHES OF RAIN IN 2 DAYS...STILL CAN'T FIGURE THAT ONE OUT. ITS HARD TO PREDICT WEATHER, MAYBE OUR WATER LEVELS WILL BE LOW, BUT I'M FAIRLY SURE SOMEDAY THE LEVELS WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL.

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

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PT73

Was wondering how low the water level actually is, have heard 18 inches, also talked to a mill truck driver with liquor on his breath who said it was down 8 feet.

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Rainydaze

Hey PT,

Popular opinion is 2 feet. Fishing likely will be fantastic, but were all doing a rain dance up here. As always be cautious when venturing out. I know my floating dock is not touching any water. Come on rain.

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Rebels75

Is the later season the same on Rainy Lake as it is on the River for Walleye? We're coming up to Red in a couple of weeks and will probably venture up to the border too. Thanks

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Rainydaze

Yes it is. Fish are still biting too!

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Is the later season the same on Rainy Lake as it is on the River for Walleye? We're coming up to Red in a couple of weeks and will probably venture up to the border too. Thanks


The same only as in both have a later season ~ see pg. 47 of the 2007-2008 regs. for details.

With milder temps in the forecast hopefully there'll be some runoff soon.

As has been mentioned in other posts we need moisture badly. Early rains would really make late season ice fishing messy but I'll take the moisture however at this point.

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PT73

Thanks for the info on the water levels, hoping for a wet spring throughout the state. I have noticed the DNR has recognised the success of the slot on our lake, and spread it into other waters of the area, Kab for example.

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Sand Bay Sultan

I live on sand bay and before the water froze last fall/early this winter, there was no water at the end of my dock, and the water is usually chest deep 3.5 - 4 ft deep at the end of the dock

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JAK

According to the Boise site that shows the rule curve, the lake is currently at 1104.9 ft. The normal water level at the middle of the curve during summer is 1107.5 ft. that means that at the most, the lake is currently just over 2.5 ft low from the average mid-summer height.

If you look at the rule curve and where the lake is currently, the lake is about 6 or 7 inches low from the middle of the rule curve.

I think people have gotten used to the extra high water levels that occurred over the previous several years.

I don’t know how much snow run off they will have or how much rain they will get, but the lake right now is not all that low. It just seems that way to some.

If you don’t believe me, just check the Boise web site that shows the lake levels

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