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.
For generations, fishing enthusiasts from around the globe have debated on which is best: bait or lures? It’s a question worth asking, but the fact remains that each option has its own pros and cons and in the end, there’s a lot to be said about personal preference. If you are still on the fence, take a look at both sides of the lures versus bait debate.
THE BENEFITS OF BAIT
Obviously, we would not be having this argument if neither option had its advantages, so let’s begin with the benefits of bait. Bait is very effective at fooling fish into believing that there isn’t a trap, says Fix.com. It also is very cost effective, especially if you catch bait fish or pick worms yourself. Perhaps best of all, the fish usually do the heavy lifting with bait fishing as they hook themselves when they bite or swallow the bait trap, meaning there is less guesswork involved when you think you feel a tug on your line.
DISADVANTAGES OF BAIT
Bait needs to be kept fresh if you hope to fool fish with it so extra work is required to hold it in this fresh state. Even if your bait stays chilled, it often smells, and a day of fishing will mean getting the smell of bait handling all over you. Bait also is like a buffet, which means small and large fish will both show up to take a bite from your hook. Finally, if you plan on catch and release fishing, hooks can often end up deep as the fish mistakes your bait for an actual snack. This swallowed deep hook can do a lot of damage which may make a safe release impossible.
BENEFITS OF LURES
While some people live and die by bait, there are just as many who prefer lures. As far as advantages, the main one is that they can get you more involved in the action. Bait typically is a passive fishing technique – throw and wait. Artificial lures, on the other hand, have little tricks that they perform, including vibrations and noises that attract the fish. Lures can also be cleaned and used over and over again, which means if you’re buying bait every time you fish, you can save money and get more bang for your buck by investing in good lures. Finally, lures are more adaptable, meaning you can get a bit more targeted with the type and even size of fish you’re looking to draw by selecting the right lure.
DISADVANTAGES OF LURES
While you can get your money’s worth out of an artificial lure, you can also find yourself emptying your wallet for some very expensive lure options. Also, some of the more intelligent smarter fish can detect the fakeness of many lures which could mean that your dream fish might not go for it. Lures also have a habit of getting caught on rocks, trees or weeds, so caution is necessary. Cutting off a caught bait hook is pennies lost, while a stuck lure can mean several dollars or more claimed by the water.
THE DEBATE RAGES ON
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I'm new to this forum, so I thought that I'd make my 1st post about Rainy.
I was up there for a 4 day / 3 night camping/fishing trip, around the end of June, with my grandson that is 14 years old. Our camp site was about 16 miles east of of the visitor center ramp by boat, but probably only 12 or 13 miles as the crow flies...... Around the Kemp Channel Entrance. This was before the hot weather hit, so we had nights in the low 50s and and days in the mid to low 70s.
We mostly cast jigs with soft plastics into 3 and 4 ft water then retrieved out to about 12 ft of water. A lot of the time was working the windy side of rocky shorelines and a few exposed reefs. Was disappointed in the size and number of Smallies that we picked up, but we did pick up several eater and over slot Walleyes in the process. We also did a fair amount of trolling with #7, and a little deeper with #9 Shad Raps. This got us a few more Walleyes, 2 decent Pike, and a couple of little Smallies.
We did find a small hump fairly near an island that had good marks in small groups, that I was sure were Walleyes. We drifted it several times with jigs and crawlers, and only caught 4 small Walleyes. I'm pretty familiar with my bottom machine's readout, and the marks were not the small fish that we caught. Just could not get the better marks to bite.
Near camp, and in many other areas, the depth finder was showing mid water column round blobs. I was thinking that these could have been bug larvae working their way up in the water column prior to hatching? What do you think those blobs were?
I'll be back camping at the same spot at the end of July into early August. Hoping for bigger fish this time.