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Old 03-17-2011, 08:33 PM
conibear11 conibear11 is offline
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Birks,

I'm wondering about the same question.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:16 PM
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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.

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Old 03-18-2011, 10:23 AM
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Just a heads up, the ice went out two days ago, rainy is now soft water!
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:33 AM
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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!
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:20 PM
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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.

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Old 03-18-2011, 01:49 PM
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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.

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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
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:31 PM
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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.
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