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Fishing Rainy Lake


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Hello,

My son and I will be fishing Rainy Lake this summer (June 24 thru 30) from Camp Narrows on the northwest part of the lake. We'll be targeting bass and pike (catch and release). Can anyone suggest some good lures to try? I understand that the smelt are now an important food source so I guess that imitations of them will work well. Also, what is the best kind of structure to look for that time of year? I have ordered some maps and would like to have a bit of plan befor we arrive. I'm not asking for any secret spots, just what type of water to look for.

Also, any hint's for Walleye? I've never had much luck fishing for them.

Thanks,

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Dan,

My son and I fished out of Camp Narrows last September 15 to 22 or so. We had a great time and plan to return mid to late August this year.

We did so-so on the smallmouth, but cleaned up on the walleyes and pike. We caught only one walleye below the slot limit all week, and the son had one topping out at 27" Lots of pike. We both caught 33"+.

Water temperatures were 67f at the beginning of the week and 65f when we left.

Walleyes

We mostly used 3/8 oz jigs in whatever color came out of the jig box with minnows. Make sure they hit bottom and raise them 6"-8". We also found some by trolling cranks like a Bandit at about 2mph on the gps. I've never fished/don't know how to fish walleye with a worm-spinner rig so I don't know if that is effective. Maybe someone else will help both of us on that one

None of the wallyes came from the the narrow arms we fished. We found them around the islands and mainland shorelines. What we generally tried to do is start off the shoreline usually in about 6 to 8 feet of water then work the area parallel to the shore line eventually staying in 10' to 15' of water.

Pike

Look for any kind of weeds. Move the boat a cast's distance away and cast to the weed edge. Throw something big with a lot of flash. We did well with a silver "Johnson Silver Minnow" until my son thought he saw a pike up in a tree. Actually our best pike lures were spinnerbaits I made myself. blush.gif Charturese body, silver #5 1/2 willow leaf blade.

Smallmouth

When we were there Tom suggested using a white Zoom Fluke jerk bait and I think I had everything but something like a fluke. I was thinking of bringing some Flukes and some Gulp Minnows this year. I hear Mepps spinners are effective. We did not try tubes.

Tom's a great host. My impression is he likes to get on the water himself and see what going on. Hell let you know what's going on and have great suggestions for you. We liked the cabin and I thought the upgraded boat we used was terrific.

If you have more questions, shoot an email to nimstugatyahoodotcom.

Nimstug

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Nimstug,

Thank you for the info, it will come in handy. I'll be sure to post a report when we get back. Good luck on your trip in August.

Dan

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