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Jonny P report 1/2/08 (with pics)

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As we feel the affect of a nasty cold front and easterlies for three days we look forward to soon warming temps and steady barometers. Anglers are coming in with mixed reports and mixed feelings about the infamous Upper Red Lake and all of her twisted ways. The anglers putting in pure fishing time are coming in very successful, card players and dice rollers are not doing so well.

The walleye bite decided to change time zones and peak from 10:30PM through 2:00AM. This went mostly unnoticed as many anglers felt the need to sleep, I’m guessing the guys staying up late did not wake their buddies and let them know about this.

Walleye would react to a good one two punch combo. One jigged spoon or rattling type lure along side of a dead sticked or bobber rigged minnow on a very small presentation. Walleye have been coming in to investigate the action of the jigged spoon only to turn away and pick up the dead sticked minnow on the way back to the bottom, this is a very common trick for cold front walleye on Upper Red Lake that has paid off for anglers willing to give it a whirl.

Jonny P and Tina with some New Years early morning walleye that fell for the one two trick.

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The crappies have begun to start showing themselves in small pockets attacking small minnows on glow green Demons, Forage Minnows and small Rattlin Varmits in both red and white colors as the sun just begins to dip below the horizon. Large schools light up the Marcums with a few selected fish beginning to feed as they pass through.

Pikester and one of the first signs of the crappie movement.

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The pike waged war last week with the anglers of Upper Red, many fish caught in the 11-12 foot mark on smaller sucker minnows below tip-ups and jigged spoons. Main waves of attack came from 1:00PM until sundown.

Steeplechaser's 40"+ pike. As you can see by his finger and mess of lines this pike almost won the battle.

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The guys looking for perch are finding them over the small rock piles and heavy gravel bottoms in 9 feet of water. Best presentation has been a minnow head on a small green dropper rig or pounder jigs doing as the name suggest, pounding them on the bottom.

Steeplechaser's crew does it all as his sidekick "Perch Hunter" sent a few to the frying pan.

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Good Luck and enjoy the outdoors

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I vote no more pictures of JonnyP, just pictures of TeenieP! grin.gif hehehehe

Good report Jonny... The mess below that pike looks a lot like my Christmas tree... smirk.gif

Good Luck!

Ken

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My vote is also the same as labs, more teenieP, hehe grin.gif. great report jonny

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Hey John you gotta smile more with fish like that. Nice pictures though

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Quote:

Hey John you gotta smile more with fish like that.


Hey man thats my happy face!... and is was 2AM. grin.gif

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Hey JonnyP,

Nice Walleye. Myself and a group of 7 guys will be up looking for some Walleye and hopefully we can find some crappie. We have a 5 and 3 man shack rented from Kelly on Jan 25-27.

We are trying to put together menus and things to feed all the men. I am wondering if you and Kelly are allowing people to cook fish in the shack on the stove. Also, what is the rule about cooking fish? 1. Do we have to keep the carcas intact so it is measurable? 2. Can we catch 4 walleye per person if we eat 2 per person? How does all that affect your limits. Limits are based on possession not a daily limit right? Help me out...don't want a nasty visit from the CO and be in the wrong! confused.gif

See you in a few weeks and keep up the great fishing reports. How is the ice doing off of the main road? Getting thicker?

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You may want to read the fishing regualtions too before heading up, just to make sure you have a good understanding of all the laws. Bring the book with so others can read it too. The COs on Red don't kid around with warnings!

Your daily limit IS your possession limit. The only fish in Minnesota that has a possession limit different form a dialy limit is perch. Thus you can only keep 2 walleye per day on Red and you cannot keep anymore UNLESS you eat your two from the previous day. Once eaten, you cannot keep 2 more for that day. The DNR is recommending that you keep the cleaned carcasses available for measuring. You cannot clean a fish except IMMEDIATLEY prior to cooking them. Meaning you can't fillet out fish all day for tonight's supper.

Make sure you use a bump board when measuring your walleye. Lay them flat with nose against the board and pinch the tail to get an accurate (the way the CO will measure) measurement. A 17" fish IS NOT legal. They must be under 17" or over 26".

Those are some of the over looked regs...

Have a great trip! You will have a ball with Jon and Kelly !

Jon and Kelly will fill you in more I'm sure, here and when you check into your house.

Good Luck!

Ken

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great report JP and good advise as usual labs-

the pics did not come thru for me. What's the trick to viewing?

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TeenieP..Yikes Jon you need a different nickname man!!!

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R there any isues getting big houses off the main roads, we will be bring 2 18' and a 20'

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No, take your time and pick a path and you'll be fine.

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I believe "TeenieP" is referring to the lovely angel standing next to Paul, hence her name is Tina P.

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That was a wonderful report! My buddy is just coming back from URL and I between 4 of them they got 12 waldos and 4 perch in four days...YUCK! So it is nice to see that the bite still exists!

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