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03-21-2011 02:31 PM
Fire Medic 9 Thanks for the info Arnie. I am going up with birks in april. I hope we are timing it right! Hopefully with a little luck and some help from mother nature this will be one of the better fishing trips for all of us.
03-18-2011 01:49 PM
ManitouBass
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Originally Posted by went522 View Post
The ice is not off on the rainy! Not sure where your getting your info?

The rainy is a long river, just because it's soft water at one end doesn't mean it's soft all the way to lotw. As of the 16th...that's 2 days ago...the ice was at Indus, that's a long ways from lotw.
They're still running bomber/ice fishing trips out of the resorts near wheelers point and up river.

BIRDDOG
It is a large river, and ice out in Manitou/Emo areas. Sorry for any confusion about the entire Rainy river.

And I get my info visually, lol, I live just up from the shore on Rainy
03-18-2011 01:20 PM
went522
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Originally Posted by ManitouBass View Post
Just a heads up, the ice went out two days ago, rainy is now soft water!
The ice is not off on the rainy! Not sure where your getting your info?

The rainy is a long river, just because it's soft water at one end doesn't mean it's soft all the way to lotw. As of the 16th...that's 2 days ago...the ice was at Indus, that's a long ways from lotw.
They're still running bomber/ice fishing trips out of the resorts near wheelers point and up river.

BIRDDOG
03-18-2011 11:33 AM
Arnie Mn
Rainy in April

Conibear and Birks, don't be intimidated by the boat traffic. This trip is a phenominal trip probably 8 out of 10 yrs. Yes, mother nature sometimes will have snow, rain, wind.... like any trip could. The boat traffic will be heavy in some areas but move down the river another half mile and you are out of the community holes. Fish are constantly on the move, swimming up river. It might be slower for an hour or two and then its like the mother load entered into the area and you literally catch 20-30 eyes in an hour with 2-3 guys in the boat. Watch clementson resort and you will know exactly when its time to make the run up there. I will be there April 7-9th as well. Usually that time of year, no snow issues but potential for rain and yes, the ramp has been an issue some mornings if the air temp is below freezing. The best thing anglers can do is launch your boat, pull your trailer up out of the water and stop and let the water drain out/off of the trailer at bottom of the ramp.. then pull out the rest of the way. The extra 20 seconds on the ramp makes a world of difference on not getting a sheet of ice on the entire ramp. There are literally hundreds of thousands of walleyes in the river by that time of year and you can catch them in 8-12 feet of water and catch them in 17-22 feet of water. There is always room somewhere on the river. I don't let some of the less respectful idiots ruin this trip for me and my two sons. Last year we caught 19 fish over 7lbs with 3 over 9lbs. 3/8ths oz and 1/2 oz usually do the trick each year depending on the current. If ramps have ice on them, go east farther another 10 miles and likely a ramp will be open. It shouldn't be an issue though by that second weekend of April. Great memories!!

Gd luck!
03-18-2011 10:23 AM
ManitouBass Just a heads up, the ice went out two days ago, rainy is now soft water!
03-17-2011 09:16 PM
went522 One thing about the rainy/lotw during the spring...if you plan your trip in advance, your rolling the dice. We had a year where we got up there, couldn't get on the water due to ice. A few years we got POUNDED with snow or nasty cold and the ramps went from open to ice. Guys were shoveling/salting the landings, trucks sliding down the ramps or unable to pull up them. Mother nature can throw a real twist on things up there. This stuff has only hampered our trips 3 or so times in 20 years...but it happens! Trying to find out what the ramp conditions are now does nothing for next week or weeks from now. They change with the weather. Can you get a 19'er on the water..."most" of the time. But don't suprised if you get all the way up there and things don't go as planned. We generally use the public landing at wheelers point, good landing...can't miss it.

We no longer set our trip/dates in stone...we get a tenative date set. Keep up with reports/weather in the days prior and make a decision a day or two ahead of time. Ramp conditions, bite, weather, ice, open/closed dam? Been a few years we delayed a week.

BIRDDOG
03-17-2011 08:33 PM
conibear11 Birks,

I'm wondering about the same question.
03-10-2011 09:19 AM
Birks
New comer

Hello group. I too am a new comer to the rainy river experience. I've listened to people say what great fishing it is, but I have some basic questions. We are headed up there April 7-9, am I'm trying to find out the boat ramp conditions. Can I launch a 19' fiberglass boat and fish in comfort? I've heard lots of people say bring a 14' as you will be dragging it across the snow and ice to dump it in the river. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Where are the boat launches? We'll be staying at the AmericInn in Baudette. Thanks veterans for all your help. I look forward to being on the water again.
03-08-2011 06:04 PM
went522
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Birddog...... how much of a zoo is it on the water? Is it really that packed full of boats? Do you feel like you need to know all the other fisherman personally because it feels like your all sitting in the same boat? Can you really walk from shore to shore with out getting your feet wet? You get my drift (no pun intended) but I was thinking of heading up to Rainy this year. Never been there before as we always head to the Missouri river in Bismarck but the last few years with the water being so high and murky that the fishing does not get good until the first part of May. I need an open water fix earlier than May if possible. Thanks for your feedback!
I'll have do disagree with manitoubass...to a point. Depends when you go. We usually do a first/second week of April. First bend out of the river has literally 100 -200 boats packed in a small area/deep cut. CRAZY!! If you try to fish in that pack you'll be hooking others anchors, boats swinging into each other. Fish wrapping in anchor ropes/others lines. I wouldn't even fish that area, it's nuts!

Watch for drunks, every year there's a accident/collision or more involving alcohol. Last year it was a tiller, taking off, bow up and Tboned a Warrior, people thrown from the water. Not good. A few left in squad cars.

Out beyond the island/open water there's usually 20+/- boats. Much more relaxed...that said, watched a lund run over our lines and others...later that day he beached his boat...not on purpose!!

At the windsock there's usually 20+/- boats...good spot though.

We won't even fish the area down river from the resorts anymore, way busy, dumbasses running around wide open in traffic, drunks. Not safe or relaxing imho!! We usually start out at the windsock and head up river from there, find ourselves a nice cut or hole and work it over...move up river from there. Way less traffic, much more relaxing.

Over the years it's gottten more busy...people are learning just how good the fishing is. 15 years ago we might see 100 boats a day spread throught the system...not anymore.

BIRDDOG
03-08-2011 12:27 PM
ManitouBass
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Originally Posted by stinkycat View Post
Birddog...... how much of a zoo is it on the water? Is it really that packed full of boats? Do you feel like you need to know all the other fisherman personally because it feels like your all sitting in the same boat? Can you really walk from shore to shore with out getting your feet wet? You get my drift (no pun intended) but I was thinking of heading up to Rainy this year. Never been there before as we always head to the Missouri river in Bismarck but the last few years with the water being so high and murky that the fishing does not get good until the first part of May. I need an open water fix earlier than May if possible. Thanks for your feedback!
It's not much of a zoo, you'll see one or two areas with 10-15 boats, but the river is huge, and has plenty of great walleye spots. After opener, I hardly see any boats on the american side, and a few here and there on weekends.

If you wanna come here though come out, it's some of the best fishing you'll ever see, especially in spring/fall. Bass fishing though is great all year.

I'll be out the first day I can get the boat out, which looks like 2 weeks or so. Then it's on!!!

Shoot me a pm if you need any other info, tips, water levels etc. I live 300 yards from the river so I always know whats going on here
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