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March Ice Fishing and Rainy River Update

Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media
Published March 24, 2017

What a great time of the year.  One one end of Lake of the Woods, people are catching walleyes, saugers, jumbo perch, world class pike and monster eelpout through the ice.  Arnesen's Rocky Point have fish houses available until April 2nd.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Rainy River is open and people are fishing in boats.  Right now, three accesses are open.  Birchdale, Frontier and Vidas boat accesses are cleared out and open to boat access.  Whether you have a 12′ boat or a 21′ walleye tournament boat, the Rainy River can work for you.  This is the time of the year that big numbers of walleyes from Lake of the Woods slide up the Rainy River on their annual spawning run.  This is also the time of year an angler can catch a walleye of a lifetime, not to mention big numbers of fish.

Most anglers will be using jigs and minnows for walleyes.  More popular are jigs and plastics.  The brighter colors of chartreuse, orange, pink and white are all popular colors depending upon many factors, the color of the water being one.

The walleye season on Lake of the Woods continues through April 14th.  The regulations on the Rainy River for March through April 14th is different than the lake.   Anglers are allowed two fish under 19.5″.  Just enough for the fry pan but most anglers aren't here for the filets, they are here to have the chance at a monster.

There are numerous boat access points along the river.  Click here for a myriad of info about the Rainy River.

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