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sachem longrifle

What can I expect opening weekend

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Is the fishing still good on the river on opener or would I be better off heading out to the main lake? I am thinking of doing an opener trip since I missed the spring fishing but never have fished the Rainy during opener. I am sure it's combat fishing by then

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You never really know about opener. A lot depends on the weather between now & then. Sometimes we catch well in the river and sometimes we run down and hit the outside of Pine Island. Lots of variables but usually find fish somewhere.

As far as a crowd, the only time I have seen much was the dog & pony show for the gov. a couple years ago.

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Satchem,

Like the Dutchman said it depends on environmental factors. I have done real well down in the silver creek, clementson, birchdale, and manitou areas on opener, but I have also done poorly too. Fishing at the mouth of the Bigfork, Littlefork, and up by the dam at International Falls is generally good. 6-18 feet of water is generally the best.

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Royal Dutchman , ( or anybody ) do you have any info on Musky Fishing on the Rainy River ? I fished Walleyes at ice out a few years back so I know there are a few Walleye but can't remember if I have heard anything about Muskies up there . Thanks .

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I had something huge hit a 18" jack I was skipping into our dock a couple of years back. Didn't get a good enough look to say and there are up to 25lb. jacks around but always liked the idea that it was a muskie.

Have had several guests bring back stories & pictures of muskies while walleye fishing. Mostly at the upper end by the dam.

I have heard and seen posts referring to muskies in the Big Fork. Don't think you'll want to try that in anything other than an airboat or canoe until the water comes up. Try a forum search and see what you come up with.

I know there are those who are more informed on the subject than I. Good Luck!

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