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You’re doing what a good guide does...always let the guest do the catching...when possible! Lol. Looks like it will be a little nicer this afternoon.

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Thank you for your many posts.  Left our cabin  on Rainy Lake in September, 2019.  Your pictures and posts have certainly helped!

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6 hours ago, sherbear said:

Thank you for your many posts.  Left our cabin  on Rainy Lake in September, 2019.  Your pictures and posts have certainly helped!

Thank you! Glad to share with everyone with more to come this year...

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Great pictures!  Sure miss being there.

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17 hours ago, smalljaw said:

Great pictures!  Sure miss being there.

The bass darted out from under the dock which caught my eye.  That was on Wednesday during my lunch. Don’t think the border will be open until September-October  at the earliest.

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The heat is oppressive on this Ole Man. I come north for the weather of last week and now I'm cooking just past mid day.  The fishing has been very slow for everyone here at Rainy Lake RV, most everyone is running down beyond Black Bay. I have another week and hope to catch something late in the evenings before we depart. Time seems to be passing me by.  Below is the best I could do. (<:

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I know how you feel. I was turkey hunting last weekend and it was stifling! I don't deal nearly as well as I used to with the heat! At least you are in one of the most beautiful places there is! I will be on Kabetogama in a week and half and I really hope the weather changes for the better! Enjoy your time on a special piece of water!

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Finally able to get out. Took my daughter and boyfriend bass fishing for a few hours. Caught 13 and had many tail boils. Neither had caught a bass before so loads of fun. Using poppers, shallow diver crawfish and vibrex spinners. All caught in 4 feet or less casting rocky shorelines. Nothing large with the biggest 2 1/2 lbs. After found a few walleyes hanging out along deep weed lines in 15-18 feet. One 19” and the other 26”. Walleyes are transitioning out to deep water. Also mayfly hatch happened last weekend. Water temp at 68-69 degrees.

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Went out for two hours this morning. Mayfly hatch has been finished for two week but a lot of carcasses floating in the water. Found walleyes in 18 feet using jig and chub. Caught 12 - 11”-12” and kept 4 - 14”-17” for supper. Still a lot of smoke in the air from fires near northwest bay. Surface water temperature was 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Looks wonderful. If the border isn't open, we'll be back for September, as the area is a nice place to get away to.  Love all your pictures !!!

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Finally was able to get out today for an hour from 10-11am. Picked up 5 walleyes with the largest being 17” and 2 - 28” northerns. Took a screen shot of my depth finder to show the fish are out on the reefs. All were caught using jig and minnow.

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Excellent, We appreciate you sharing the pics and info. We will be back in about six weeks, Good Lord willing !!!

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Went out for with my wife for a few hours on Sunday afternoon. No wind and pretty warm so only fished for two hours. Did catch 5 walleyes with the biggest being 23” and a 29” northern. We kept three 15”-17” for supper. Had a loon swim up to our boat a dive under it popping up five feet away each time. It did this for 15 -20 minutes then swam off. I guess there was a bunch of minnows in the area.

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Any fishing is always good, but the animal contacts are always priceless. About five weeks and we'll be back again for another sample of northern life.  Thanks for the posts, Enjoy the good weather !!

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13 minutes ago, Mtnman said:

Any fishing is always good, but the animal contacts are always priceless. About five weeks and we'll be back again for another sample of northern life.  Thanks for the posts, Enjoy the good weather !!

It’s been nice but because of the dry weather the fire hazard is extreme. No open fires allowed through out northwestern Ontario. Reefs are starting to heat up. Hope it cools down by the time your back.

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Out Sunday morning for two hours. Picked up 2- 20”, 2 - 16” (kept for lunch)and 8 12”-13” walleyes along with a 29” northern. Fishing 20 feet of water. Water temperature at 76 degrees. Used jig and minnow. From the pictures, you can see how much smoke is in the air from all the forest fires in northwestern Ontario. Hoping for some rain!

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Yes it is very smokey up there I was in the vermilion section of the bwca for a week you could smell the smoke most days I do not know exactly where the fires are located a guy at an outfitter in Ely said there was four going within a 25 mile radius of them. That was a week ago so I do not know the updated info. 

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Happy days are here again!  Wonder what the line will be like on 9/9?  We will be in it.  We are leaving from Florida 9/4 and looking forward to returning home after a year and a half of being locked out.

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Safe travels and may a warm welcome greet you there. Sadly, we will not see the nor country until normal returns from the mayhem.  The fish should be large and plentiful, along with the adventures and memories.  Feel free to share pictures of it all !!!

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16 hours ago, smalljaw said:

Happy days are here again!  Wonder what the line will be like on 9/9?  We will be in it.  We are leaving from Florida 9/4 and looking forward to returning home after a year and a half of being locked out.

Opps!  Meant to say “Wonder what the line will be like on 8/9”, opening day.  We begin our travel on 8/4.

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Morning Smalljaw.

This is good news for you and your family and any other US citizens wanting to come north. Hopefully the US government will soon allow travel the other way. We had a very strong storm on Friday, come through north side of reef point, Hopkins bay road and windy point areas. Possible tornado. Lots of trees down. Power has just been restored Sunday afternoon. Hope you will not have much clean up to do at your place. Safe travels and will be looking for you out north of the causeway ripping lips and chasing those brown fish.

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Thanks for the heads up.  I have a call into my neighbor to check on the property.  Haven’t heard back probably due to the power being out.  He may be up at his island cabin.

 

One of the other neighbors further down Bay Road East reported a good bit of tree damage.
 

Hopefully the U.S. will get their act together and reciprocate on the Aug 9 opening date.  Common sense and clear thinking is needed by all.  
 

I am still losing sleep over that screen shot you took on Jul 9.  Sweet!!!

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21 hours ago, smalljaw said:

Thanks for the heads up.  I have a call into my neighbor to check on the property.  Haven’t heard back probably due to the power being out.  He may be up at his island cabin.

 

One of the other neighbors further down Bay Road East reported a good bit of tree damage.
 

Hopefully the U.S. will get their act together and reciprocate on the Aug 9 opening date.  Common sense and clear thinking is needed by all.  
 

I am still losing sleep over that screen shot you took on Jul 9.  Sweet!!!

Lol….lots of fish on the reefs and you’ll be out soon. Hope your place is ok. Hydro finally on Sunday afternoon. 

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From the storm that went through last Friday….here’s a picture from the boat launch near the causeway looking north…not sure if it was a tornado or water spout…the people that took the picture is shown on the picture. Been storming off and on up here and we are finally getting some much needed rain. Will be updating fishing soon…

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tornado and water spouts are one and the same I was taught....  just sayin....

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Happy you are getting rain. Should be back on Rainy the end of August.  Cheers !!

 

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Oh man, you sure know how to hurt a guy.  ?  That's everything on my Christmas list !!!!  Are the fires getting under control ?  We really appreciate all the beautiful pictures. ?

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11 minutes ago, Mtnman said:

Oh man, you sure know how to hurt a guy.  ?  That's everything on my Christmas list !!!!  Are the fires getting under control ?  We really appreciate all the beautiful pictures. ?

 

11 minutes ago, Mtnman said:

Oh man, you sure know how to hurt a guy.  ?  That's everything on my Christmas list !!!!  Are the fires getting under control ?  We really appreciate all the beautiful pictures. ?

Lol…The fire crews are working hard but still a lot of smoke in the air. It seems to clear a bit when we get a north wind.

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    • AnglerJake
      By AnglerJake
      Heading up to Garden Lake Resort Sep 16 - 24. Any reports or tips from up there? Thanks!
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Another really strong week of walleye fishing.  
      One of the main areas to fish is still deep mud.  Basically 28 - 34 feet of water.  Various schools of walleyes move around the basin relating to different kinds of forage.  
      Big walleyes eat a lot of everything but really key in on tullibees (ciscos) who live primarily in the basin.  Other forage can be perch, perch minnows, emerald shiners, blood worms, crayfish, and the list goes on.  
      Various schools holding shallower, over rocks or sand, based on bait options in that area.  Reefs are still holding fish, normally on the sides and base where rock meets the mud.   
      Drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits are still very effective for catching walleyes this week.
      As we approach mid to late September and October, the jig bite will fire back up!
      On the Rainy River...   Walleyes hanging out in some of the deeper holes throughout the river.  Moving up and down the river, hitting numerous spots until you find which areas have walleyes is a good method for success.
      Some anglers trolling crankbaits to cover water.  Oftentimes, walleyes won't show up on electronics if they are laying in a depression in the river bottom.  Only way to know is to fish the area.
      Bass and pike are plentiful on structure, docks and weed edges.  Hitting various "goto" spots up and down the river is a fun and normally productive day.    
      The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Great fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 28 - 33 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler is effective.
      Underwater points, sunken islands and neck down areas with a bit of current in 18 - 27 feet holding fish.  These areas are good areas to jig.
      Pike and muskie anglers are still finding good fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. 
      Travel via vehicle through Canada to the Angle is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
      A complete list of lodging and fishing packages around LOW, the NW Angle, Baudette and the Rainy River at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging.  


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • smurfy
      🤣 neighbors don't bow hunt and they might just get a deer iffin a deer happens to run over them.😉   Thanks!!👍
    • Wanderer
      Is that that little guy at the feeder with the cr*ppy rack?    Your neighbor got the ‘tirdy pointer last weekend with his bow. 😉😝   Good luck Smurfy!
    • smurfy
      To the original intent of the post, I fished about 10 days ago and now done. Time to play with guns. Got the home front and cabin pretty much all set up for winter. Next up go get dat turdy pointer.
    • smurfy
      I hear ya bud, just pulling your chain a bit .😉
    • smurfy
      My in-laws used to live just down from morning star. They weren't on the lake but they supposedly had access to the lake near morning star, some lake easement for residents living on the opposite side of the lake.
    • deanbaron1990
      One last morning on the water this past Saturday before we took the docks and lifts out in the afternoon. Trolled the Morning Star bay for crappies. It was slow with just 2 or 3 crappies, although they were big ones. We could have kept them but chose to release. Also got a couple of northerns. I got skunked but my girlfriend got a good size northern. Biggest fish that any of the four of us caught on Saturday.
    • leech~~
      Well, actually going on family life expectancy.  Not many man on my dad's side made it past their late 60's.  On the other hand my wife's side most lived to late 80's into 90's.  So again, I really don't want to leave me wife in an area she is unfamiliar with or know anyone.  If she should pass away before me for some unknown reason.  Yes, they will find me dead in a cabin in the woods. 
    • ozzie
      Well I had to go north this weekend with the predicted weather and boy did it not disappoint!   What a great weekend of perfect weather!!  Hit up Gull Lake Saturday afternoon equipped with a dozen lite pike minnows and a plan to move until we graphed fish and move if they don't bite.  First stop we searched and found one spot with bait balls and a few fish but nothing was biting so we went searching.  Searched alot of ground over the next hour and half and didn't mark a fish, so we went back to the spot with fish marked and as we pulled up there was one boat right on the spot...catching a fish!!  We trolled around with this boat exchanging information and catching fish for the next 2 hours.  We ended up catching 9 throwing back a 25" and keeping 8 from 13" up to 23" that was gut hooked.  Fished in 20-32' of water using lindy rigs with lite pike minnows.  Some fish we would give a lot of line to and they would have the bait swallowed and other times we would give line and find the hook just barely in the lip!  Missed a lot of hook sets but could not beat what was possibly the last fishing trip of the year for me...GOOD LUCK 
    • ozzie
      I have been gearing up getting ready to walk again after 10 weeks!  I have been lucky enough to get out fishing a few times and can't wait to get out in the deer stand...bad thing is I have a basketball tournament for my 4th grade son on opening weekend of deer season and I am the coach!  Oh well I have used enough patience getting this far, what are another few days!  Otherwise not much for me to do...
    • smurfy
      i think Leech is using his wife as a an excuse not to actually live out in the sticks in fear of meeting up with bigfoot!!!!!!!!!!🤣🤣🤭
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