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On 8/28/2019 at 1:45 PM, Grindstone29 said:

Fishing in Canada/Rainy Lake related questions.  Fishing 9-11 through 9-15 and want to make my first North Arm run around Woodchuck/Rebecca, and surrounding area.

 

- Can I get Ontario fishing license at Rainy Lake One Stop?  Do I need one if I have MN license? 

- I can't fish with live bait except crawlers in bedding? 

- I should not have beer in the boat? 

- Can someone point me in the direction of slot limits... I understand it's 1 walleye per man. 

- How long is the run from Thunderbird? 

 

Thanks much for any insight/guidance here.

The daily limit on Rainy is the same for either the sportsman or conservation license so there is no advantage to the more expensive sportsman license. You can keep only one between 35-45 centimeters. (13.8-17.7 inches, think 14-17.5 to be safe) An Ontario license is easily purchased online as the previous poster mentioned. Only live bait allowed in from the US is crawlers in artificial bedding. Frozen shiners are an option also. You can not touch shore, anchor or pull along side another boat while in Canadian waters. If for some reason you were planning to touch shore you need a Canadian remote border crossing permit for everyone in your party and you will also have to check in with US customs upon return to the US. Absolutely no alcohol in the boat. Fishing regs can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary Border regs for Canada are here: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/pb-pp-exceptions-eng.html 

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Grindstone29

Thanks Ranger! 

 

Reata 2050 hey?  Fished out of my buddies brand new 620 FS Pro last week on Mille Lacs.  Boat envy...

 

Appreciate all the help and posts this summer from all.  Have a group of 12 and our annual "Camp Champ" tourney next week.  Tuesday night can't come fast enough.

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CaptJohnWis

Idiot loose on Rainy!

 

Day started out nice and then on my first spot am anchored up for 30 minuters and casting about 50 feet away on a reef. Here comes a big Ranger headed right at me. I figure it must be one of my buddies to come so close but I don't recognize him. Does he stop at 100 feet away? NO. Does he stop 50 feet away - NO. How about 25 feet? again no, He come withing 10 feet and then says," SORRY TO CROWD YOU BUT I AM IN A BASS TOURNAMENTt" !!!?? Then he proceeds to go right where I am casting - I lose it and go ballistic. Why does he think you can hover right over where somebody is casting? IDIOT! Whole lake to fish and he has to start TEN feet from my boat.

 

I left the North Arm where I had planned to spend the day. Didn't need to run into any more jerks. Went south. Ended up with about an 18 pound bag of 5 bass. See next video for more enjoyable viewing.

 

https://youtu.be/aGgdkHGLkvM

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On a better note, I left the North Arm and headed south. Had fun playing with my new Garmin Live Scope. I probably would not have caught anything today without it. The fish were there but extremely picky. You had to use just the right action to entice a hit. Kinda like ice fishing for stubborn walleyes. Very small lure as well. I caught everything vertical jigging where I could see how the fish were reacting - nothing casting.

 

Would have weighed in about 18 pounds if I had been in the tournament. Maybe I should enter - then if I see you catch a fish, I can hover right over your spot. Apparently paying an entry fee allows you to disrespect other fishermen.

 

 

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Grindstone29

Brutal John.  What a butt.  Love the "I've got no use for this boat, I'll run right into you!" 

 

We were North Arm that Saturday morning as well.  Could hardly get off shore on Thursday and Friday wasn't much better but managed to catch some good ones and plenty for the fish fry. 

 

Saturday walleye fishing on the North Arm, we got a 28, 26, 24.5, 24 and three for the fry pan.  My buddy also picked up a 36 inch pike which put up a massive brawl.    

 

I appreciate all the help from this forum on questions about fishing in Canada.  It was my first time under the causeway, and a very pretty morning for the drive north.  That's it for me on Rainy this season.  Looking forward to May 2020 already.  

 

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Got about 20 nice bass today. Most on TRD lure and Ned head. Also a pike and a walleye. Water back up to 60 F. These were the last two

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Fishing has been tough. Water was 58F yesterday.

 

Since I got a Garmin Panoptix Live Scope, I can tell what is going on down below much better. I never would have believed how many baitfish are in this lake. Ya, with regular sonar you see stuff that sometimes you are sure are baitfish - big orange blobs suspended over open water. But what about all those bottom huggers and those horizontal red bars at different depths (often near bottom)?

 

Well now I can verify that nearly all are baitfish - NOT insects or thermocline, etc. You can see the individual minnows on the Live Scope. You can see how the whole school reacts when a big fish or your lure gets too close. You even get a pretty good idea of the size of each minnow. These seem to be equal amounts with schools of big bait and small stuff in their own school.

 

Plenty of catchable fish showing up as well. Trouble is they are not very hungry. About the only time they seem aggressive is when you hook a bass. Then a bunch of his buddies show up and follow him part way up. If the hook falls out, wait a few seconds and you often get re-bit. Had four bites on the same cast yesterday!

 

 

 

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Got some good ones yesterday at a secret location on Lunker City Swimmin Ribster.

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41 minutes ago, CaptJohnWis said:

Got some good ones yesterday at a secret location on Lunker City Swimmin Ribster.

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Nice...very nice.

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CaptJohnWis

fishing very slow yesterday. 9 bass & a dink sauger. Nothing big. Water 55F.

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Weather was beautiful yesterday. Wasn't going to fish but couldn't stand it sittin in house. Went after church and fished five hours. 15 bass and two pike. nothing huge. Nothing trolling 10" Grandma - all on Lunker City Swimmin Ribsters and similar but larger unknown soft plastic.

 

 

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Nice report and video showing the action. 

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