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Upper Red Report 12/10/07

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As the ice begins to thicken closer and closer to the point of safe automobile travel some cannot wait making the trip out with ATVs and snowmobiles drilling the first holes into the snow covered ice of Upper Red Lake.

Walleye have been very active anywhere you can make a hole in the ice over six feet of water or more. Rattling type jigs have been producing well in the yet unsettled and slightly cloudy water. Look through your tackle box for reds, white and orange glow colors to dress up that minnow for the walleye.

Crappies are few and far between as of yet although nobody is looking. Buddy took a few minutes from working on his road to try a little fishing and hooked into some crappies before returning to work. Like I said only a few people have ventured out to the crappie grounds on the fresh ice, I’m sure as we began to look around they will be ready and willing in the normal haunts.

Soon anglers will be out in full force and good reports to follow as we begin the annual rediscovery of the Upper Red Lake ice.

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some people say crappies sit under pressure ridges waiting for food, any input on that idea?

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Well, the idea is the ridges creat a hiding spot for baitfish and the crappies tend to roam under and following the ridges eating. My dad and his buddies did this and they all limited out so there may be something to it...

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Structure is structure. When you have a lake with very limited structure the smallest things become very important.

..although targeting pressure ridges on Upper Red is Just asking for trouble. Cracking , sinking shifting and flooding at your feet all in the one day would make me nervous sitting in a portable.

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