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Old 03-06-2011, 08:42 AM
conibear11 conibear11 is offline
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Oops...This should not be in forum...Sorry... I can't figure out how to delete it...I Apologize!

Where is a good place to stay during April near the Rainy River in Minnesota to try the April fishing? I've never been up their and I'm curious.

During June, I go to Risingeagleresort.com north of Deer River on a great lake named Big Jessie. It is a reasonable resort for the family or a couple of fisherpeople I hope this helps someone looking for a family resort in the summer.

So, can anyone help me out with the Rainy River area in April?

Thanks!!

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Old 03-06-2011, 10:25 AM
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we are going to the rainy in april and are staying at sportsmans i was wondering about Rising eagle resort and Big Jessie thinking about bringing the family there what did you think of the resort and the fishing and the cabins and other things to do I would be going with my wife and two daughters ages 7 and 2 any input would be helpful thanks


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Old 03-06-2011, 01:08 PM
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We have been going there since '95. The owners are great! They become friends in a hurry. I have had good luck fishing in June and July on the lake. The cabins are nice! Kitchens, showers, bedrooms, etc. The owner is constantly working to improve the place year around!

My son grew up going to the resort since he was 1. He always enjoyed the water and the beach area. It is usually nice and quiet! It is very beautiful! I sit in the morning and watch the sunrise from the cabin deck every morning around 5:30 am before I grab my nightcrawlers and leeches and head to the boat.

You would really like it! I live about 3 hours southwest of the resort.

I've attached a picture of a 1lb. sunfish that I caught and released last June.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:55 AM
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There are a few good options, but I'm on the Canadian side.

Personally, I'd stay on the canadian side and just pay for a hotel, it's much cheaper. Unless your looking for guiding services and boat rentals etc, then I see where your coming from.

I'll see you out there more than likely, stop by and say hello
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:40 PM
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I've been going to the Rainy for the spring run since 1999. We have always stayed at the Walleye Inn, right in Baudette. I think the best thing about it is they have plug in hook ups for recharging the boats each night, in every parking space. The rooms are very reasonable to as you are on the water all day, you really just are looking forward to a place to sleep. They also have coffee, donuts, toast/muffins, and cereal for a quick breakfast before you hit the water for the day. I even happen to have the phone number saved in my cell phone... 218-634-1550.

Gd luck, will be there April 7-10. Last year was nothing short of phenominal. 19 fish over 7 lbs with 2 just shy of 10lbs.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:19 PM
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I've stayed at just about every resort in the 4 mile bay/rainy area over the years. Cabins are all the same imho, beds, kitchens, bathroom, tv. The bars, most are all pretty much the same...they serve alcohol, if you want to "party" the sportsmans or wigwam, their food is also good but they are more expensive than others we've stayed at. All the resorts in that area are within a mile or so, very close, often cases, a block away...so if you want to go out for food, drink, it's not far no matter which resort you choose. They really pack the resorts in there.

Really, what one guy says or thinks is the best...the next guy prefers a different place. I'd look for the cabin/docking/ammenties that fits your needs. From there you can hit different resorts for food/drink.

In 2-3 yearly trips up there over the last 20 years, all the places I've stayed...I couldn't say that one is really any better than the other. Might not be the info your looking for but imho, it's the way it is.

This April will be the first spring trip I've missed up there in many years!! The sturgeon fishing is a blast and in recent years we've disregarded the eyes all together to target the sturgeon. I guess this spring the florida keys and Tarpon fishing will have to do! Have fun...the rainy is a great trip.

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Old 03-08-2011, 05:40 AM
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I've stayed at just about every resort in the 4 mile bay/rainy area over the years. Cabins are all the same imho, beds, kitchens, bathroom, tv. The bars, most are all pretty much the same...they serve alcohol, if you want to "party" the sportsmans or wigwam, their food is also good but they are more expensive than others we've stayed at. All the resorts in that area are within a mile or so, very close, often cases, a block away...so if you want to go out for food, drink, it's not far no matter which resort you choose. They really pack the resorts in there.

Really, what one guy says or thinks is the best...the next guy prefers a different place. I'd look for the cabin/docking/ammenties that fits your needs. From there you can hit different resorts for food/drink.

In 2-3 yearly trips up there over the last 20 years, all the places I've stayed...I couldn't say that one is really any better than the other. Might not be the info your looking for but imho, it's the way it is.

This April will be the first spring trip I've missed up there in many years!! The sturgeon fishing is a blast and in recent years we've disregarded the eyes all together to target the sturgeon. I guess this spring the florida keys and Tarpon fishing will have to do! Have fun...the rainy is a great trip.

BIRDDOG
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!
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:27 PM
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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!
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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Old 03-08-2011, 06:04 PM
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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.

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Old 03-10-2011, 09:19 AM
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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.
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