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Rainy River Melt 2020 - Open Predictions & Updates


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1 hour ago, Luzaich said:

Sounds like they may leave all landings closed for corona 

Meanwhile across the border...

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I believe the discussion takes place tomorrow at 9:30 am.  I suspect we will know for sure tomorrow.   Although things change daily in the times we are living in now.  

I would love to go, and I am not at all concerned with the access or in being in the boat.  But fear transmission at bait shops and especially at lodging, alot of people coming and going, leaving the poor workers little time to disinfect rooms and surfaces.

This is such a terrible time in all aspects of life's.  

Wish you all continued health and God bless.

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51 minutes ago, Tom Sawyer said:

Meanwhile across the border...

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Day by day this pandemic (and by the way a pandemic is not a good thing brother TS ,)  is really ramping up and the confirmed cases are growing minute by minute , but the reality here is still worse than “a confirmed case scenario ” and the reality is TS that this virus is here in numbers that are a lot more than what’s reflected by the confirmed cases . Some people get that restrictions are needed and MUST be followed to lower the curve and they do a very good if not great job to do their part at helping to lower this curve , and to them I say a huge THANK YOU !!! Now comes the rest of the people who do a somewhat good job , and  the people who just do a mediocre job , and the people who do a poor job , and at the bottom of this list are people who do a darn poor or terrible job at doing their part to lower this curve , and to our society it’s this group of people that are going to end up either knowingly or unknowingly possibly infecting  many ,many , many people , and it’s this group of people who can potentially make this pandemic way worse , and they are downright scary , plain and simple . Can you personally say that your not concerned about these people who don’t do their part or minimize this pandemic, I doubt it .

    Ok onward I go to say that if the spring Rainy River season is not put on hold/canceled that many , many people will be traveling from all over Mn. and all over the Midwest to the rainy river’s numerous boat landings , and potentially making many stops for gas , into bait shops buying bait ,handling jigs on shelves ,entering grocery stores , making many transactions with cash or cards ,using restrooms at theses facilities , using satellite bathrooms at landings ,and really this list can go on . Now remember that we have the people that do a great job ,and we have the people that do terrible job at doing there part at lowering the curve , and it’s these people that do a somewhat good , mediocre , poor , or a darn poor or terrible job that make having this early rainy river season a potential germ fest,. and at this point of all our lives , and in the midst of a local and global pandemic a very, very stupid thing to have happen . And your promotion to have this season continue as normal , knowing the draw of literally thousands of people who do not all do their part to lower the curve as needed is what we don’t need to get this pandemic behind us. I  personally enjoy to fish as much as you do , and I was personally very much looking forward to this spring Rainy River fishing ,and enjoying a day or two in the boat jigging em up , but I want to live , and I want you to live , and I want my friends to live , my neighbors to live , I want strangers to live , so just remember brother that even just a handful of  the many thousands of people who would attend this event ,over a few weeks time can really mess this all up for you ,and I ,and everybody else . Promoting this event at this time is somewhat like promoting a ice fishing event on very thin ice , neither are a good idea brother , and I would hope  that you could see sir that promoting this is , in MHO is not a good thing to be doing . , I really do .and just remember it may become you that could get infected somehow , someway while attending , and then you potentially could pass it on .. again I remind you brother TS  a pandemic SHOULD be taken seriously by all , but just remember that not all do ..... peace out and goodnight !
PS :  this pandemic at this time is changing day by day , minute by minute, second by second for the worse , check out what the date is TS on the Wisconsin notice . I would say it’s old advice ,old news at this point to be promoting, hmmmmm !   Oh ya , just out of curiosity what’s your thoughts about going out on thin ice ?

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8 hours ago, Bigfatbert said:

 Oh ya , just out of curiosity what’s your thoughts about going out on thin ice ?

 

Oh brother,,,,,,?

I take every precautionary measure possible, necessary not to endanger myself, or the need to endanger others (rescuers) because I have a plan, and strong will to survive. 

 

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Crazy times, just crazy. Try to keep it together folks. 

 

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38 minutes ago, Tom Sawyer said:

 

Oh brother,,,,,,?

I take every precautionary measure possible necessary not to endanger myself, or the need to endanger others (rescuers) because I have a plan, and will to survive. 

 

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Hey there TS ,  yes it’s great to have a plan , especially if one is reckless enough to venture on thin ice and I’m glad that you do indeed have a plan ,  and I hope that you also have a plan B , and also glad to hear of your strong will to survive ,but sometimes plans fall thru (no pun intended) ...  ok you ran on the thin ice part of my very long above post , but I’m so very curious as to your thoughts on my last post , I really laid it out plain n simple , do you think it makes any sense at all ? Take care brother !

  

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We cancelled our trip for 4/5-10. The three of us are all self-employed and all of our jobs we had booked through June have been cancelled. We all work in video production. So it was a quintet threat between the virus, ice, ramps closing, lodges closing and no money coming in, it was an easy decision for us. Best of luck to everyone during these unusual times.

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So to clarify social distancing while fishing:
1.)  I need to stay 6 feet away from Tom while we're fishing.

2.)  If he catches a nice one, I can still cast my bobber RIGHT next to his...

3.)  He can't come slug me for this because that would violate the 6 feet rule.

(He could, still, chuck a small rock at me...--If he takes the contagion guidelines seriously, he should wipe the rock down with purell prior to chucking it.)

 

I've also heard recommendations that fisherman should keep 1/4 oz egg-sinkers and a thick rubber band (2 fingers + one rubber band = homemade slingshot!) in the tackle box to "salute" fisherman (or jetskiers*) that might be violating etiquette--PING!!!!  ? 

 

Hopefully we can all maintain our health (physically and mentally) and our sense of humor through this.

Blessings and safety to you all.

"We're all In this together."--Red Green.

 

(*jetskiers violate etiquette simply by existing; let those egg sinkers or extra split-shots fly!!!  Oh, and the floaters in the minnow bucket are fantastic to save for the passing jetskier!)

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Isn’t silly town on the other site??  Lol

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I've been lucky enough to fish the Rainy River Spring season every year since 2001.  It is a trip I look forward to all year.  Each year a group of three of us leave the great state of Iowa and make the 11 hour drive to enjoy World Class Walleye fishing and friendship on the Rainy.   I decided a few days ago that it would be irresponsible for me to drive that far and risk contacting and delivering this viscous virus to this pristine landscape and the the wonderful people who make it their home.  I can't imagine the Health Care situation in this remote area has the infrastructure to handle a pandemic.  

If the ramps get shut down, it will most certainly hurt the local economy hard, but in my opinion the health of people that live in the area is way more important.   I feel bad for all businesses in the area and hope they can survive this loss of revenue.  I personally feel bad for businesses like Rainydaze Guiding, The Royal Dutchman Motel and the many other locals that post information on sites so people like me can make informed decisions on when to come up.  This is just my thoughts and actions and in no way am I dictating what anyone else should do.  Were all adults and can make our own decisions.   I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.   

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I think at least some of the accesses will remain open but its very likely that all of the lodging options will be cut off.  So you'll either have to sleep in your truck or drive home.

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I’m glad they shut everything down. Let’s hope it works out for the better and we can all fish again during regular walleye season starting in May. 
 

stay healthy. 

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Probably for the best.

 

I hope for the best for the business community, as this has starting to look like a difficult year.

 

Thank you to all of you up there that graciously deal with us springers each year.  We will be back, when possible.

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6 hours ago, gimruis said:

Scrap that.  The county just decided to close all four access points along the Rainy River for the early spring catch and release walleye/sturgeon season.

Smart move !  I’m glad we have some wise people looking out for the better of us all . What ya say now all you naysayers that thought that a massive ,sudden influx of people from all over the Midwest was a good thing to have happen smack dab in the middle of a global pandemic...     oh how ignorant, and un informed some people are about this all , and a big  thank you to all that showed some wisdom towards this issue and did the right thing to shut landings ..

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8 minutes ago, Bigfatbert said:

Smart move !  I’m glad we have some wise people looking out for the better of us all . What ya say now all you naysayers that thought that a massive ,sudden influx of people from all over the Midwest was a good thing to have happen smack dab in the middle of a global pandemic...     oh how ignorant, and un informed some people are about this all , and a big  thank you to all that showed some wisdom towards this issue and did the right thing to shut landings ..

BigFatAlbert: are you an infectious disease doctor or an epidemiologist?

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      I posted some of my not needed ammo on IDO…I could use some steel if you have it too…
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  A really good week of fall walleye fishing.  Big numbers of fish being caught.  It should only improve as water temps get cooler.  This fall has been unseasonably warm. Big numbers of walleyes and saugers are set up along the south shore and anglers are catching a lot of fish.   Most anglers are anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner.  Live shiners are available and effective.  There are still a lot of walleyes being caught on spinners with minnows surprisingly.  Trolling crankbaits has also been catching a lot of fish. The best reports are coming from 18-28 feet of water across the south shore in areas such as Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach, Long Point and Rocky Point.  Various schools within these depths.  In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon and even a few crappies are in the mix for walleye anglers.  On the Rainy River...   Emerald shiners continue to run in the Rainy River and more and more walleyes are entering the river each week.  Fishing has picked up but most believe when water temps reach the 40's, it will get even better.  Currently, temps are in the low 50's. Jigging with a frozen or live shiner, is the go to method.  Emerald shiners are tough to beat this time of year.  Some reports of big fish being caught, but not in big numbers... yet.   Sturgeon activity continues good.  A gob of crawlers and/or frozen shiners on a sturgeon rig (18 inch leader made of 60lb test, circle hook and a 2-3 ounce no roll sinker) is the ticket.  The catch and release season continues through April 23, 2022. Up at the NW Angle...   Fall fishing up at the Angle continues to be excellent.  Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or jig and plastic.  Some strong reports with warmer than normal water of spinners with a minnow or plastic being the hot bait.  Gold, pink and/or glow colored jigs and spinners are doing well.  Reminder, no live, frozen or dead bait being able to be transported over the border from the U.S. into Canada, consequently anglers boating into Ontario waters reporting various plastics on their jigs and spinners working great. Various areas of structure such as points, reefs and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold good fish.  12 - 26 feet is the range depending upon the spot.   Big crappies are in their fall spots and being caught on jigs and minnows in 25-30' around various structure. Muskie anglers report good fishing overall.  Trollers reporting mixed results.  One day is great, the other not so much.  Covering water trolling is a strong fall muskie technique and should get better as water cools.    Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.   Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.    
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, in partnership with Wildlife Forever, will host the 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest. Open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, this free art competition aims to introduce Minnesota youth to the wonders of fish, the joy of fishing, and the importance of aquatic conservation.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications now through Nov. 16 for projects through its Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Approximately $500,000 will be available for projects to begin fall 2022. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management provides the funding for these grants.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, in partnership with Wildlife Forever, will host the 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest. Open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, this free art competition aims to introduce Minnesota youth to the wonders of fish, the joy of fishing, and the importance of aquatic conservation.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications now through Nov. 16 for projects through its Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Approximately $500,000 will be available for projects to begin fall 2022. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management provides the funding for these grants.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • leech~~
      Kind of a similar thing and how I got into hunting. It was more of a forgotten item though. I went fishing the St, Frances river by Zimmer with my dad when I was about 16. Some duck hunter had forgotten his hunting ammo box-seat packed full of shells. I didnt have a shot gun but my buddy had an old H&R single 12g. We went up by Cambridge and spent a good part of the day blowing up a few $100s worth of shells at trees and craap! 😁
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