Rainy Lake Overview:
Rainy Lake can be broken up into many different parts. The North Arm is probably the most scarcely traversed and it’s scenery is second to none, with waterfalls, wildlife and amazing fishing. The downside to the North Arm is that it is dangerous to those who don’t know where they are going. There are rocks protruding out of the water that are not on any GPS map, you can get easily turned around, there is no cell phone service, and the waves can build quickly. The Seine to Red Gut Bay area is another beautiful area but is more densely populated with cabins and homes. This area has it’s dangers also but they are better marked. The “West End” is probably the portion of the lake that everyone is most familiar with and runs from Sand Bay to the Brule. This area is well marked, often traversed and serves as the entrance to Voyageurs National Park. The East End is defined as Saginaw Bay to the Kettle Falls Channel. This is the largest open body of water and has the deepest sounding on the lake. It’s home to the best hiking trail (Anderson Bay Trail is second to none in my opinion), numerous sand beaches, and access to many of the interior lakes on the Kabetogama Peninsula. On occasion each of these areas can be fished just a little differently due to a multitude of variables unique to that part of the lake. Hiring a good fishing/tour guide is important part of a successful vacation on Rainy Lake. One of my favorite aspects of guiding is sharing the natural wonder of our area and also to help vacationers explore their camping/houseboating area safely and effectively. If you hire a guide to take you fishing and you want to stay within a certain radius from your camp site so you can try to replicate what we teach you, GREAT! That is a fantastic idea! I have been tent camping in VNP for over 40 years and owned a houseboat. I can share MANY lessons learned! :) Anyway, utilize the expertise at your disposal for a much more safe, successful and ultimately more enjoyable experience. Ok, Tangent over…
The walleyes are beginning to school up based on “year class.” When I say year-class I don’t mean the year they graduated high school! Walleyes tend to hang out with similar sized fish for survival reasons. Smaller walleye are hunting in schools in rocky shallow water and “herding” food to each other. Larger walleyes are hunting in a more solo to small pack format and a little deeper. For good numbers fish 6-15 feet of water with a rocky bottom near dawn or dusk and use a leech. You will not only catch as many 10 -14 inchers as you want but multiple small bass will be thrown in there as well. The larger walleye can be stalked using electronics and picked off one at a time in 18-28 feet of water on break lines. Minnows seem to be the bait of choice for them. The tricky thing is, depending on the day their preferences change. But movement seems to be key. Bottom bouncing spinners or lindy rigs with long leaders are working.
Blueberry Update! They are here! Blue berries are starting to ripen and I ate my first handful this weekend. Plants are doing GREAT and putting out good sized batches per plant! As always, email me with any requests, and if the boat ride is stopping you, I do know of a few good walk to spots as well, just let me know. However, before you pick, know what a Poison Ivy plant is… They are thriving this year! Enjoy yourselves and I will SEE YOU ON THE LAKE! -Capt. Brad Krasaway (email@example.com)