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Rainy report and a question

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To any who are interested, my family was on the Rainy River this past weekend and did really well. They brought out my 4 year old nephews and got them some walleyes. Nothing too big, but lots of nice males (17-22 inches). Related to this is my question- I know in the spring the males make the trip up the river before the females, is there a similar pattern to this in the fall or is it likely that more females are staged outside the river in the lake still? Or, are the females likely still in the river, just with a case of lock-jaw? 90 some percent of the fish they caught were males.

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I have no idea, I was supposed to go up to Baudette this weekend but my buddy(The guy with the boat) has to babysit his nephews this weekend. I guess I will be deer hunting this weekend. We might try to get up fishing the next weekend Nov 16-18. Please let me know if you hear any more reports up until that weekend. [email protected]

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I was up this past weekend and did ok. My parents were up all week and knocked the crap outta them every day (especially mornings) in the river down by the resorts. When I got there however, there was a small front on Sat. that slowed things down considerably. We did manage a decent number of fish, but nothing like what was caught all week. Still catching mostly smaller fish with a couple of bigge kickers thrown in.
Good luck if you go,

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The Rainy is still giving up limits of walleyes. We are just starting to see bigger walleyes this past 4-5 days. More of the 24" to 27" with the biggest caught a whopping 32" this last weekend.

I don't know the answer to if the females come after the males up the river in the fall. It would make sense that they come in groups of males and groups of females. I'll see what I can find out.

Anyway this weekend should still be good with nice weather all week. After this weekend, no promises.

Reports that fishing near Sportsman was good this weekend, also Ballards reported good walleye action near their resort.

We here at Clementson are catching an average of 30-35 in 4 hours of fishing. With some 25 of these stringer size or better. We are catching and releasing at this point, looking for the hawgs. I have a 28 1/2" so far weighing a hefty 10 1/2 pounds that I released, so I have done well this fall.

Good Luck this weekend.


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