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#3285538 - 07/08/13 10:30 AM rainy lake
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Great trip. my dad turned 80 July 1. our average smallie was close to 3-1/2 lbs and caught them by the bunches, 75-80 per day between the 3 of us. 20+ smallmouth in the over 4 lb range. Nothing that made 5, my dad had one on that was for sure over 5 but it got off with a huge jump. They were just starting to spawn so they were hungry and shallow. Many times, when someone had a fish on, you just threw in behind it, and you would hook up also. We had many doubles and even some triples. Most of the time when I caught fish on a spinnerbait, another smallmouth would be hitting the blades trying to take the spinnerbait away from the smallmouth I had on. It was good to say the least.

Wore the walleye out also. My brother had the largest that was 7 lbs but we averaged about 30 per day between my brother my dad and myself. Average walleye was close to 4 lbs. Tough to catch keepers. You can only keep 2 per day and they have to be between just over 13" to just over 17" or 1 of the 2 can be over 27". We caught plenty to eat though and you know, they are ok to eat. We do not troll, caught them all casting. Caught more pike than we cared to and even perch, some just shy of a pound. Saw a world of eagles and it is by far my favorite place to fish there is.

My dad will not stay in a lodge. We tent camped on an island as we have for over 30 years. My brother got a yamaha generator, super for charging the 2 trolling motor batteries in my boat.



























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#3285553 - 07/08/13 10:48 AM Re: rainy lake [Re: Headhunter]
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great trip! I fished Clearwater lodge on the Pipestone chain of lakes several times. It is hard to imagine the smallmouth fishin if you have never been! I didn't fish Rainy Lake but I drove by it every time I went to Clearwater.
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#3285561 - 07/08/13 10:55 AM Re: rainy lake [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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I have canoed the pipestone lakes several times, we never fished pipestone, but fished despair, stonedam, footprint, loonhaunt, etc. Stonedam was my favorite. Did not catch many out of stonedam that were under 4 lbs. That was a "few" years ago.

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#3285568 - 07/08/13 11:08 AM Re: rainy lake [Re: Headhunter]
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Awesome trip!
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#3285612 - 07/08/13 11:49 AM Re: rainy lake [Re: SilverFox]
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#3285673 - 07/08/13 12:52 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: RUGER]
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#3285729 - 07/08/13 02:18 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: Crosshairy]
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The rock behind my dad and myself in the picture with each of us holding a smallmouth was just polluted with walleye. We caught them around it for about 45 mintues as fast as we could throw and obviously a smallmouth or 2 would show up.

Fishing was off the chart good. We were worried the first evening. A massive mayfly hatch had just happened. By the second evening it was on though. If you like to catch smallmouth Ontario is the place.

One of the best things was the lack of bugs. Very few, I went barefooted in my boat the whole trip. Very few black flies or mosquitoes. Very little trouble in camp also.
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#3285746 - 07/08/13 02:37 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: Headhunter]
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Wow! Sounds like an awesome trip. Great pictures, thanks for sharing.
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#3285792 - 07/08/13 03:31 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: Dbllunger]
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What does your trip up there each year cost you, if you don't mind me asking? I always see your annual post about going up to Rainy and would love to do that sometime.
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#3285817 - 07/08/13 03:59 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: mossyhorns300]
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