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kettle falls portage??


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Heading back up to namakan July 19th. We are thinking about portaging around kettle falls and fishing rainy for a day. Is the fishing any better on rainy than it is on namakan? Any suggestions or advice? Popular fishing spots around the area? Any good sights we should check out?

Thanks in advance!

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Portage cost is $40. On a normal year this would be a bit early to hit the east end reefs but temps this past 5 days on Namakan were 75-80. If you know where the reefs are that's where I would start. We hammered fish the last 5 days in 20-34' on Namakan. Yesterday afternoon inupper 80 degree heat we put a 3 person limit in the boat in about 90 minutes and threw back another half dozen. Rainy can be crAzy good, or not. Crawlers were best for us tho leeches put alot of the eaters in the boat. My .02 : )

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Thanks. I've fished namakan quite a bit and starting to find some really good spots.

I should look for the same type of structure and depth that work on namakan??

Any good sights to check out on the east end of rainy?

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Yup, same type of structure. Reefs, extended rock points. Typically the fish average size is better on Rainy, some days it was hard to move away from the 19-23" fish that seem to group up and look for keepers!

About the only "sight" that we check out on our trips to Rainy is the veranda/bar at Kettle Falls on the way back for a cold one grin

PS: If you have a marine band radio you can give them a call on channel 12 before you get to the portage and tell them you're requesting a lift from Namakan to Rainy (and vice versa when you return) and usually the truck/trailer will be waiting for you, or there very shortly.

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Lots of water going over the dam right now. Been doing really good downstream from there.

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