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After a very difficult and trying ice fishing season, it is now time to turn our attention to open water fishing.
Probably the most popular walleye fishery in the month of April is the Rainy River on the Minnesota/Canadian border. I would rate this fishery as the best waterway to catch a true trophy walleye with very large walleyes almost common in the month of April. The walleye run begins with them staging at the mouth of the river and then running upstream in the Baudette area and points east. The river itself isn't very wide and easily navigated in small boats preferably in the 17 to 18 foot size.
You won't be alone! The crowds that descend on this river in April are amazing. Many anglers have to park their trailers a mile from the access and walk to the landing. Yes, it's a zoo but the fishing is so good you just tough it out. Even during the weekdays the crowds are there so get used to the chaos because every day is pretty crazy.
You can get by with heavy jigs on this river because of the current and the dark water. Frozen shiner minnows work well as do plain fatheads on a gold jig head. You can also get by with vertical jigging which makes your presentation simple and effective.
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