For years I havent been able to break the 27.5 inch barrier! This year I have landed two 28.5's broke off on one i would say was 30 plus lost another pig in the hole and broke off and lost another couple pigs. It has been a unreal year for big fish up there. I am guessing by saying we landed 8-10 from 27 to just under 28 and probably 2 from 28-just under 29. The only one over 291/4 was caught by my girlfriend on my rod!! She also got a 28.5 this winter, she actually brought up the idea of buying a wheel house I think I have a keeper there.
I just noticed the season closes on LOTW and the Rainey River I've always thought it stayed open year round on the Rainy at least. I suppose a one month closure isn't so bad it probably helps the Spawn in the River?