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cedarnarrowsguy

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cedarnarrowsguy

Is the ice season over up there? Any areas still accessible to fish?

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Rainydaze

Hey CNG,

Still fishing hardwater up here. The access to the lake is getting a bit sketchy with vehicles, and my forecast would be you'll need atv's/sleds to access the lake come first part of next week. Still lots of ice out on the lake though, and not much traffic! Personal favorite time of year for fishing. Was out yesterday, and will be out roaming around today. Fish shut down a bit for us yesterday with the weather change, but optimistic about today. Afterall optimism is a key part of fishing. Good Fishing Buddy!

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Sand Bay Sultan

still fishin hard water as of 4/14 and plan on hittin birch point 2moro as well

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ChickenDinner

What's the expectation for ice out this year? Those of you with experience can probably predict a somewhat accurate date based on the weather. Might try to plan a trip shortly after ice-out.

CD

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Fish&Fowl

My guess is we're going to be pushing into the beginning of May before all the ice is gone. This warm weather and sun is helping, and rain forecasted for the weekend would be a big help too (if it comes.) Couple that with some big winds later in the month and it could be earlier, but I'm sticking with early May.

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fishmeister_86

HI,

HOPEFULLY ITS OUT BY OPENER, UFFDA & I FISHED RAINY SATURDAY NIGHT AND STILL HAD A SOLID 30" OR MORE, YESTERDAY, I FISHED DOGFLY FOR TROUT & WE HAD ANYWHERE FROM 16 TO 25". RAIN & WARM WEATHER WILL MAKE IT GO QUICK, IF THAT HAPPENS.

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

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cedarnarrowsguy

Fishmeister

What do you think about the ice this coming week end up by Dogfly? Could someone still get out on a wheeler?

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fishmeister_86

HI CEDAR NARROWS,

BOY WAS IT BEAUTIFUL THERE YESTERDAY, NO WIND, I ACTUALLY GOT SUNBURNED...WHAT A GREAT FEELING!!! HERES THE DEAL, WHEN WE WENT IN IT WAS FROZE UP GOOD, I'M GUESSING MOST PLACES THERE IS 20" OF ICE, WHEN WE CAME BACK OUT, THE ICE SURFACE WAS SOFT SOME PLACES. IF WE GET RAIN, WARM WEATHER, ITS GOING TO GO OUT QUICK. I WILL NEVER TELL ANYONE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR ITS SAFE, HAVE THEM GO INTO A LAKE ON MY ADVICE, AND END UP SWIMMING OR WORSE. I PERSONALLY WILL NOT..NOT BE GOING OUT ON THE ICE AGAIN THIS YEAR. WHEN THE ICE GOES OUT I'M GOING TO HEAD BACK UP THAT CEDAR NARROWS ROAD & FISH TROUT IN THAT 4 TO 10' OF WATER WITH CRANKS...NOW THATS A HOOT, I THINK THAT MAY BE UFFDA'S FAVORITE. THEN ON THE WAY HOME STOP & FISH CRAPPIES, DID I MENTION HOW MUCH I LOVE LIVING HERE???

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

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cedarnarrowsguy

Sounds like a good plan. I probably won't make it up that far until the ice goes out. I started fishing a little bit last spring after ice-out. Great Time! Thanks for the report.

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ChickenDinner

Thanks Guys!

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RODBENDER

Hey guys I'm new to the site. I am from Oklahoma and usually fish every summer up at Cedar Lake in Ontario. This will be my first year coming to fish Rainy Lake. We are really looking forward to it. We are coming up June 2nd - 9th to fish. What will be really good fishing at that time and location. We are bringing several yougsters under 12 along for their first fishing trip. I know perch bite like crazy up north and smallys also. We will be staying at CampIdlewood, also do I really need to get the remote access lic. Thanks you guys I have been reading up on all your forums

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pikehunter461

I will be at Rainy the same week. You should expect great fishing. The crappie may still be biting on the north end if the ice is out in May. You will experience some quality smallmouth fishing and the pike will still be shallow enough to easily find. Look for smallmouth spawning on gravel bars and shorelines. A mix of sand and round gravel as well as boulders will attrach the bass. If weeds are nearby, even better. Look for bigger pike in 10-15ft of water on submerged humps and weedlines. Try trolling for pike with white or sunfish colored crankbaits. Smaller pike will be abundant in weedy bays. Good luck- the fishing should be excellent.

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uffdapete

Come prepared to dress for a variety of weather conditions. The temps can range anywhere from 30 - 90 degrees. Don't forget good quality raingear. Even if it's not raining you'll still want it if there's much wind.

If you want to cross the border to Ontario by boat you have 2 options. You can either call ahead and their customs people will meet you at at a dock near a local baitshop on the Canadian side and they will ask you the perform the same sort of check they do if crossing by car, or you can purchase the RABC. By the way you can list your immediate family members on the RABC - so you don't need one for each person.

Of course the other option is to trailer your boat across. If you do choose to cross by car or check in with them at the dock, make sure you bring birth certificates and photo ID if it's available. If someone else's kids are along you will need those 2 things plus a permission slip from the parents.

And somebody else will probably chime in with something I forgot.

Okay by now you probably just lost your desire to fish there!

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okfisherman

One of our guys is bringing his 14 year old son with us this summer, will he need anything from his mom at the border?

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RODBENDER

Yes you will have to have a notorized letter from the Mom. We crossed one year with just a letter but they said it needed to be notorized. Thanks you guys for the info about rainy. We hope we really like it so we don't have to go so far across the border from here on out.

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Black_Bay

I just checked the 1 Stop web cam and holy smokes the ice turned pretty dark since this morning. Not much open water around the shore but it shouldn't be long for open water. Bad news is the Black Bay cam is showing what looks like the bottom to me.

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okfisherman

Hey Rodbender, I too am for the sooner state. been going to Rainy for about 20 years, you will love it. Where abouts in OK you from? Send me an email and I'll get on to some of our favorite spots. jcfree1024@sbcglobal.net

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uffdapete

The notorized thing is new twist but I've found on both sides it comes down to who the agent you happen to talk to.

When I was making deliveries across a year ago there were 3 completely different procedures within a month, all depending on the agent I was dealing with.

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okfisherman

I know, Last year was the first time in like 10 years we got an agent with a personality. She was actually kinda fun to deal with. Most of the time it's like going to the DMV.

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      Been a brutal hard water season for me as well, figured it was a continuation of my fall fishing luck. 
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