Rainy River Fishing Report Fishtankfacts.com In the last few weeks, the Hang Loose Crew has gotten out of town and headed to the Rainy River. With the ice free weather in early April, the river is open for fishing. There is a lot of open water to fish, compared to other lakes and rivers, such as the Leech and Mille Lacs.
Walleyes are hitting on minnows near the windswept shorelines of islands
Windy weather is the perfect opportunity for anglers to target walleyes near the windswept shorelines of islands. Typically, wind activates walleyes near the windward side of islands, and the current spurs feeding activity on windswept, shallow submerged reefs. Windy days mean that walleyes will be on top of these reefs, at depths of six to eight feet.
As water levels stabilize, fishing for walleyes and smallmouth bass is getting easier. Use a jig with a natural-colored twister tail for best results. Fishing with a smallmouth bass jig in shallow water is not a bad idea.
During the fall season, walleyes are moving deeper into the lakes, and are hitting on a variety of lures, including small minnows. The key depths for jigging are eight to nine feet, and a 3/8-oz jig with a shiner minnow has proven effective.
Good colors for jigs are blue, chrome and chartreuse. After dark, jigging with a floating minnow bait has been effective, and the best location for trolling has been near large windswept points.
While fishing for walleye in Rainy River has slowed down, anglers can still find a few good bites. You can catch them on jigs with live minnows or on a live bait rig. The striped bass have been biting on crankbaits and topwater baits, as well as on jigs trolled with live bait.
Clear, natural lakes make for a great environment for jig fishing. This means that walleye are spread out along the edges, and the fish are easy to locate with a depth finder. The weed edge and sand grass beds are also prime locations for fishing for bass.
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Smallmouth bass are hitting along the rocky shorelines
Smallmouth bass are starting to show up in anglers’ daily catch reports and are a popular target. These fish are hitting soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and whopper ploppers.
The bite has been best on rocky shorelines, especially on cloudy days and in the early morning hours. Anglers are targeting shorelines with large flats, scattered boulders, and downed trees. Large spinnerbaits and tube jigs will also work well in these areas.
Fishing for smallmouth bass is excellent at the Angle. Anglers are finding a variety of fish using spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and minnows. Muskies are also hitting spinnerbaits.
The Rainy River is also a good place to target walleyes and sturgeon. The river is currently slowing, but anglers are anticipating good fall fishing. The river’s shiners begin to move into the water in September and continue through October. Anglers can also target sturgeon by trolling crawler harnesses or jigging with frozen shiners.
Stream trout are still active on many lakes and rivers around the area. While smallmouth bass have been the hot bait this week, anglers have been able to catch a variety of species with spinnerbaits and night crawlers under bobbers. Smallmouth bass are also being caught using large minnows in rocky areas.
The current water clarity is about 5 feet and the water temperature is 60 degrees. The water temperature is ideal for jigging and casting soft jerk baits. Crappie are also present. Channel catfish are also in the water near the spillway.
In the deepest parts of the rainy river, rocky shorelines and rock bottom are ideal for walleye fishing. A jig with live bait, such as minnows, can also be used to catch largemouth bass. Also, anglers are reporting good catches of crappie and black crappie with light jigs and minnows. Light jigs with minnows are still the best technique for targeting these fish.
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Crappie are hitting in Black Bay
The rainy river is releasing its fish early this year and you’ll be able to catch crappie, bass, and pike in the shallows. These gamefish are looking for the warming waters to find prey, so you’ll need to find a protected area. Red Gut and Grindstone are good spots to start, but there are other areas that have produced slabs.
If you’re looking for crappie, try jigs tipped with smaller minnows fished near the edge of deeper transitional holes. If you’re targeting larger species, try using a larger minnow. Whether you prefer a large or small minnow, there’s a good chance you’ll catch a large number of crappies if you’re using a live bait rig.
Crappie and sunfish activity has been up in the Alexandria area. Lakes like Clearwater, Leo, Moss, Birch, and Mayhew are producing good numbers of these species. Many of these lakes have good walleye fishing. In the evening, you can find big walleyes in depths of 20 feet or less. And if you like fishing for northern pike, try fishing in the weedlines of Clitherall Lake.
If you’re looking for the best spots for catching crappie, the Rainy River has a number of options for you. If you have the time and patience, you’ll be able to catch some quality fish. The Rat Root is a popular fishing spot for fall fishing, and it’s full of quality fish. You can catch walleyes, jumbo perch, and crappies here. Fall colors are another great perk.
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Crappie are hitting in Sand Bay
During the day, anglers are targeting crappies and walleye in Sand Bay. They are using jigs and minnows to attract the fish, with glow jigs working best. If the weather is cloudy, they are using hammered brass jigs, while in the sunshine they are using lite weight dark houses. Crappie are also being caught in Black Bay. To catch these fish, use a spinner rig with a large minnow and smaller hooks.
Big Sandy Lake is producing a decent sunfish and crappie bite. In the 16 feet of the lake, crappies have been hitting on shiner minnows. Crappie and sunfish are also biting in weedlines in Big Sandy Lake. Anglers can find limit-size crappies and sunfish in the 12 to 14-foot weedline in Sand Bay.
As the emerald shiners move into the river, the walleye action is also starting to improve. Jigging has proven most effective in 14 to 16 feet of water. Anglers are also reporting success with sturgeon in the deeper holes of the river.
While walleye are on the move, the panfish bite is still very good. The sunfish are hanging out near docks and in the shallows. Crappie minnows worked on jigs are also producing a good bite. Several largemouth bass are also hitting well. While there are fewer reports of goose action, jig and minnow fishing are still highly effective.
Crappies are also hitting in the deeper waters of many lakes. During the lowlight hours, there is a good chance of catching large and small crappies. While you are in shallow water, try using sucker minnows to find some large crappies.
Crappie are hitting along the rocky shorelines
Fall fishing is a hot commodity in the Rainy River, where anglers are preparing for a flurry of crappie action. Though the lake remains low, crappie are putting on a show in areas with rocky shorelines and woody structure. Most of the action occurs near woody structure, where crappies are taking minnows and small jigs.
Crappie are in various parts of the river, including the south shore. The south shore is producing a good mix of fish, with most anglers finding fish while anchored up jigging with frozen shiners and fatheads.
Many anglers are also finding good numbers of walleyes when trolling crankbaits at low speeds. Fishing is also good on Big Birch Lake, where anglers are finding good numbers of walleyes in deeper water.
Crappies are starting to move into rocky points along the south shore. Jig and minnow combos are working well in three to seven feet of water. Anglers should also look for sunfish near the shorelines. Crappies are also being caught in shallow water on Lake Washington, Sugar Lake, and the Madison Lake weedlines.
Although the crappie bite has been slow in recent weeks, anglers are finding sporadic bites. Most anglers are using small crappie minnows on jigs, but some anglers are also using soft plastics tipped with large minnows. Jigs can also be used to find schools of biters. It is also recommended to fan cast, as this method helps to determine where the schools are moving.
For walleye fishing, smallmouth bass are still finding shallow water to feed on minnows, but larger panfish are in deeper waters, eight to 15 feet. During low-light hours, jig and minnow fishing is best along the weedlines of Kegg’s and North reefs. On the northwest side of the lake, anglers are finding plenty of northern pike and sunfish in eight to ten feet.