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First Ice-Mike

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Going to be up there tomorrow. Any reports?? By the looks of this forum things have been awful quite on Upper Red.

FI

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You guys dont do any fishing anyways!

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I was up earlyier this week, we did fair in the Tamarack river. Trolling spinner rigs worked much better than jigging minnows. Crawlers and minnows worked and leeches did not. Seemed like the fish wanted bigger minnows. We went a good ways up the river to find fish, the second bridge area was best. I don't think people were doing very well out in the lake for eyes'. Supposevly there is a good pike bite, but not for us.

Good luck!

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How deep is the river? Is it easy to navigate it or is there a lot of rocks and stuff to watch out for?

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I fished URL yesterday on open water for the first time. Granted, any lake can be tough for the first time, but yesterday was ridiculous. It was windy, but managable. We caught about 15 sheepshead and one 13 inch walleye. We fished any structure on my GPS in 6 to 13 feet of water with rigs or jigs. In the morning, we were the only boat on the lake. I don't think I saw more than 7 or 8 boats all day. The sheepies did keep us busy though. What did we do wrong (besides not go up the river)?

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We had a tough time on the big lake also. I couldn't believe how dead it was up there. Friday evening there were only 3 boats on the lake. I'll never go up there in August again - only earlier in the year. We pulled plugs in the River and caught some eyes in the slot - we talked to some of the boats we passed by and everyone had the same story - notta.

FI

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Don't worry I don't think it was you. I fished URL on saturday and in 7 hours I managed 2 pike and one 17.5" waldo. Towards the end I was praying for sheepshead. Never thought I'd say that blush.gif. I also tried everything from lindy's, to spinners, cranks, jigs, minnows, crawlers, shallow, deep, and different structure. At least the weather was beautiful.

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From the mouth to the camp ground there is nothing to worry about as far as rocks go, Yeah we were up there a couple of weeks ago. We anchored by the campground and caught 2 walleyes with in 5 minutes. Both 19"ers. We fished the lake for about 3 hours after that and we caught one 16"er and 4 or 5 sheepheads. I'm gonna have to make it a point to go in the spring next year. Both of my summer trips up there this year kinda sucked, fishing wise.

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My dad and I fished on the 25th from about 10:30 to 3:00 and caught 4 walleyes and 3 sheepshead. The first walleye was caught up the river just past the campground and was 19.5" the other three came out on the lake at the first hump just to the north and west of the river. 3 in the first 5 minutes. I thought it was going to be great! One was 17.75", another 15", and a 14". Came home with the last two. no fish but the sheepshead for the last 4 hours. The DNR gal at the ramp told us that we were the only ones that she checked so far for the day that had that good of luck.

Very slow but what a wonderful day on the lake, nice and calm. The water was very murky though.

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I WAS UP ON UPPER RED LAKE FOR OPEN WATER FISHING FOR THE FIST TIME AND THE RIVER WAS VERY GOOD FOR US FOR WALLEYES (WE ALL CAUGHT OR LIMIT) BUT OF COURSE NOT ONE OF THEM WERE UNDER 17". SO WE WENT OUT ON THE OPEN WATER AND LET ME TELL YOU IN A 4 DAY SPAN MY DAD AND I CAUGHT 5 PIKE OVER 40" KEPT ONE FOR THE WALL MAN WAS THAT FUN

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heading up there next weekend hoping to spend some time getting some action for my 4yo and some monster pike for me and tips would be geat will be staying in Kelliher with family.

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