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1st Trip to Rainy with 10 year old Son!

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We are making our first Trip to Rainy Lake June 14 -17. Will be taking my 10 year old Son camping. Looking at the map it looks like we will try and base camp on or near Dry Weed Island. (going in at the visitor center) Whats the fishing like in this area? Would obviously like to get him on some fish! Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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My friends and I also plan on camping in that vacinity two weeks before you. We have done pretty good in that area and a bit to the west years past. This year we plan on heading to the east farther than we have before, so, I guess I can let ya know in a few weeks how we do! Seems like the bigger fish we have caught were to the east, but i'm not saying that is where they are.

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Congrats on bringin' the son to Rainy Lake. Should be a great time. I've fished the 3rd weekend in June on rainy for the past 3 years. All I can say is don't be afraid to try extremes. One year we caught almost all our fish in 8ft of water or less, most in black bay which is very close to dryweed island. The next year we found them on the reefs or in deeper water (20ft+) next to islands. Theres a few spots close by, like cranberry island to the east.

I'm sure there's folks out there that would know more than I, but like I said, don't be afraid go to plan B, or plan C. If you're not on them, don't be afraid to move. But take care, lots of rocks and low water this year.

As fishmeister would say, if you've never fished rainy before it might not be a bad idea to hire a guide if the budget allows. And the folks at Rainylake 1 stop always seems to have good info.

Hey Vister, how long have you been in Bertha?

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well, i'm 26, born and raised in bertha, date a girl from wadena. How about you, how long ya been in wadsville grin.gif

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Good Comments CG!

Seems like a fairly universal post, but unless your fishing up here on a daily basis it is really difficult to pinpoint the locations of active fish as CG mentioned. Fish are moving on a daily basis due to wind conditions, water temps, and baitfish movements. Thus determining fish locations on a daily basis can change let alone year to year. The Dryweed area typically offers good fishing. Yes the lake level is extremely low, so if your out exploring you might want to be a bit careful. Black bay will be a good bet as well as some other bays eastward. I was just in the Rat Root river yesterday and water temps are rapidly rising. It was 59 degrees in the bays which are certain to heat up much faster do to the low water conditions.

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Thanks guys, It should be a great time!! We've fished Kabatogema in the past but looking to find a few more fish, along with the same scenery and overall "Experience"

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Well I am getting to this one a little late, but I have been heavy into the books for finals week...

That area will be good to fish in early June. I would focus on windblown shorelines/structure in 15-26' of water...sometimes shallower as well. Lindy rigs with a cralwer or jigs will be an effective way of fishing at this point and time. As fishmeister often says, color doesn't matter 'cause you have to find the fish first.

Some areas to start looking for them will be in the current areas towards sand bay, like bald rock and american narrows. Sand Bay should have some good action, as well as some of the points over towards cranberry bay.

Bass should be found in shallow all the way around dryweed. x-raps and #11 floating raps will be your best bet for these fiesty fish.

Look for up-to-date fishing reports as we get closer to your trip dates.

Take Care and Good Luck Fishing!

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