The Buhl pit lake at the end of the downtown one has a nice boat launch area and dock. Stubler lake across from campground has two fishing docks but no launch Mott put in Mt Irin has a boat launch than there’s the another in Hibbing but don’t know the name
OK, I’ll give my report and see if anybody else has anything to say.
Headed out last Wednesday to Fish Lake. Just some bluegill and little perch and a couple of outside the slot walleye. Then when evening came, switch from crawlers and spinners to leeches and spinners and picked up four walleye. Three of them were within the slot.
Anywhere from 8 to 14 feet of water. A lot of recreation on the lake and it seemed the fishing for walleyes picked up later in the evening.
Just covering water on the flats and edges of weeds
Thank you for your reply Muskies!
Knowing now that there was a bug hatch going on during my last trip, as I suspected, I don't feel quite as bad about my fishing skills.
I'm really looking forward to our end of July/early August trip. This camping/fishing trip will be with and old friend that I've know since grade school days. However, the last time that we camped together was in the BWCA about 40 years ago. My plan has been to fish the mid-lake humps with crawlers on bottom bouncer/spinner rigs or just using jigs. Now that you mentioned minnows, I may try to bring some of those as well. As you using Fatheads on the jigs in late July?
Good morning Erik
If you want to fish in July and August, the reefs are a good choice. I also look for shelves along side islands. The info received from the local people is correct. Use your electronics to find active fish. If you don’t see any fish move to a new spot. Once you find them a jig and minnow is a great choice. Good luck when you cone back.
You were out in the middle of bug hatch...finally finishing up now. When you come back in late July try locate reefs in the 20-30 foot mark and you should have some luck. If you look at a map there are many in the area you were camping. I prefer using a jig and minnow as my go to but have used different techniques over the years...depending on what the fish want. Hope you enjoyed your time on the lake.
Just came across this forum for the first time.
I have been coming to rainy lake since I was born, and have always had a passion for the pre july 4th fishing in the bays and try to make it up at or before that to enjoy. This year with things in flux we will be up mid july. I know that is traditionally reef time, but have never had much success. I have read and talked with some locals who say find the reefs that come up to 25-40 feet surrounded by deep water. Does anyone have any advice on spots to hit mid july. I will find them on a map, but am definitely a novice reefer.