Larry Keep Rainy Lake Oil July 10-14

We hosted Rainy Lake Oil for four days on the Chairman II.  Larry and Steve have been using the Chairman for the past three years. The trips are different than regular trips in the respect that they bring in guests for a day and a half and then bring in new guests. We get to meet new people; most are from northern Minnesota although this year we had a father son from the Eau Claire Wisconsin area.


We left port a little after 12:00 PM on Thursday. Our mooring site was Harbor Island East. We were off fishing by 2:00 PM. Fishing was pretty good on the west side of Brule Narrows. Both island points and break lines were good using ¼ ounce jigs tipped with leeches. Sunken islands on the high spots were good also, ¼ oz. slip sinkers with a 48” snell and leech seemed to be better than jigs. Steve Vanheel had the big walleye of the day, 28 ½ “.  Several large pike would grab on to the walleyes and guess what the walleyes would vacate the hump in short order.

Friday was even better, limits of walleyes; shore lunch, a 6:00 PM dinner and a trip back to base. New customers came back to the Chairman and it was back to the walleyes Saturday morning. We fished new humps and found massive schools of walleyes. Snell’s were hot but slip bobbers were hotter. Fishing could not get much better. Ryan had to leave after breakfast on Sunday morning even, Mike and Carol, and Dan stayed for Sunday fishing.  It was unreal; Mike, Carol and Dan fished with Jon Balaski Sunday morning. Dan said he had to quit, as his elbow got sore! Mike said it even better “ I have never had that much fun with my clothes on”.

Thanks Larry and Steve! We can’t do it without you.

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