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Fishing Report 07/21 - 07-28 ( Camp Idlewood )

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I took my family (wife, 2 yr old daughter, 4 yr old son, & 6 yr old son) for a week to Rainy Lake. I have been up to Rainy on several occasions, but I have only fished East of the Brule and/or on the Canadian side. This was our first family trip of this nature (North of Brainerd), so naturally, we were nervous about all the specifics (fishing, nap times, weather, activities, and so on), but to our surprise, the trip could not have been any more perfect. The wife and boys all caught multiple Walleyes over 20", and both boys had an opportunity to tangle w/ a BIG pike (both were lost though but they caught some smaller pike). We caught a 13" crappie, multiple 15"+ smallies, 6-7 jumbo perch, and averaged 20+ walleyes per day......and we were lucky to have more than 2.5 hours of fishing per day (the beach, toys, and fun at the resort (Camp Idlewood) were too much for the kids to leave behind). Walleyes seemed pretty stacked in the 22'-30' range, and the day we were able to run east and hit some of the mid-lake reefs, the action was incredible. I was also surprised that the action was so good in the shallows w/ Husky Jerks/Rouges (8-12 ft) I am truly jealous to all you F.M's that get to spend weeks/months/years at Rainy Lake. IMO, it is the greatest place in Minnesota, and possibly the greatest place in the world. I also wanted to give Camp Idlewood a special thanks. The resort exceeded every expectation imagineable (and I am generally hard to please). The cabins are a "10", and the service and "fun" are unlike any place I have ever stayed. Some of the best views of the lake are right off the dock w/ my cup in hand. I enjoyed getting to know all of the other guests at the resort, and we look forward to seeing you next year! full-272-22737-fishg.jpg

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Hi Scott,

This is Chet from cabin #3. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We will be seeing you and your family next year. I think Greg and Rhonda have picked up the torch right were Keith and Jen left off. We are glad to see the resort traditions continue along with some new ones. Service is very important and I believe Greg and Rhonda understand that. Besides how many times can a owner show up with boat gas to get their people back to cabin. The answer is twice with a tow (inside joke for those of us that where there).

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Thanks for the kind words Scotteye. We enjoyed meeting you and your family and look forward to nex year (unless you're able to make it up for the excellent September walleye fishing here on Rainy). I won't mention the gas thing like Chet did.


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Gas Thing: That is the last time I will let my wife captain/gas the boat wink.

Being stranded 16+ miles away from the resort with thunder & lightening in all four corners while having 3-kids under the age of 6 and an overly anxious wife in the boat was actually "not" as bad as I would have thought it would have been.....prob. won't do it again though.

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