FISHING RAINY LAKE GENERALLY- Rainy Lake has developed a reputation as one of the premier fishing lakes in the upper Midwest. Walleye, sauger, smallmouth bass, northern pike, musky and crappie are all present in large numbers. With hundreds of islands, bays, and reefs, Rainy Lake boasts some of the best fishing anywhere. It’s hard to beat a Rainy Lake fishing experience. To check out current fishing conditions, CLICK HERE.
We are located 1 mile from the Canadian Border. Please ask us about guided fishing trips on Rainy Lake in Canadian Waters.
Rainy Lake Walleye Fishing – Rainy Lake has one of the best managed walleye populations in Minnesota. Since the implementation of a slot limit several years ago, Rainy Lake has seen a dramatic rise in its walleye population. Today those lucky enough to fish Rainy Lake experience fantastic walleye action. It is not uncommon for our guests to catch several fish in the 20-inch range every time they hit the water. Our guests also catch large numbers of good “eating size” fish. For current slot limit and other fishing regulations, CLICK HERE.
Rainy Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing – Arguably the best fighting fish in North America, the smallmouth bass is truly a world- class sport fish. For our guests who choose to fish for Rainy Lake bronze-backs, they will experience some of the finest smallmouth fishing anywhere in the upper Midwest. Rainy Lake’s abundant reefs, islands and spawning grounds help produce large numbers of smallmouth bass.
Rainy Lake Crappie Fishing – It’s hard to beat a Rainy Lake spring-time crappie bite. Slab crappies are plentiful in Rainy Lake and can be caught within minutes of Island View Lodge! Rainy Lake crappies are big, aggressive and fun to catch – especially if fished with ultra-lite tackle. If you are interested in experiencing some of Minnesota’s best crappie action, plan a spring get-a-way to Island View Lodge.
Rainy Lake Northern Pike Fishing – Northern pike fishing is definitely one of Rainy Lake’s best kept secrets. Because of the walleye’s popularity, northern pike are often times overlooked by Rainy Lake anglers. Rainy Lake pike can be caught almost anywhere; with many of our guests catching large pike while fishing walleyes on reefs or smallmouth along a rocky stretch of shoreline. For those who dream of catching pike in the 30-40” category, Rainy Lake is the place to be!
Guided Rainy Lake Fishing Trips – Our guides are local fishermen who are knowledgeable and personable. You will fish from the guide’s boat and have the option of purchasing a shore lunch package at the lodge. The guide will cook the morning’s catch from your trip at if you choose to purchase the shore lunch package at the lodge. Bait, beverages, and ice for your trip can be provided at additional cost.