We've told about Matthew Swanson reeling in the record catch-and-release northern pike on Rainy River in May. However, the December issue of MidWest Outdoors reports that Maddie Ogg reeled in the record setter in October. The confusion is caused because Swanson did not submit his catch until after Ogg's had been submitted and reported to MidWest Outdoors.
Matthew's Rainy River Pike is the record at 45 1/4 inches. Maddy's fish is also a huge one at 43 1/5 inches. Congratulation to both.
Meanwhile, Rainy Lake anglers are walking out on the protected bays to try for some early ice walleye. Always put safety first, you need 4 inches of clear ice to support walking on the ice, and you should check the ice depth frequently. As to success, anglers say it is hit-and-miss, you need to be in the right spot. Jigging with minnows seems to work the best.
Our forecasts are calling for freezing temperatures and little if any snow, so we will see good ice forming.
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