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markinthemslabs

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markinthemslabs

Just wondering how the bite is. I'll be coming up in mid march to try my luck. Where would I have to set up? Never been on Upper, so anything helps.

Thanks!

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Barbelboy

Mid March should be good. I'll tell you the same thing everybody else will. Drill, drill, drill and drill some more. Continue to search and you should be rewarded with some slabs. OH, and bring your extension! Last March I was up there, kind of looked ridiculous, 5'6" guy, 5'9" auger, but after 45-50 holes, bingo!

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CC Rocks

BBB, When your out drilling in March is it mostly during the day or do you see nothing until dust? I see threads that people go out and drill 100+ holes all day. If the day bite isn't on what's the point of 100 holes? Generally do the slabs bite during the day in March?

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mnhunter 3815

in march and april you should be able t ofind the crappies during the day.every late ice i have been successful with finding the crappies during the day.

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iceman16

you think there will be ice in the end of march? i know now one will know what mother nature will give us but what about in years past. i have the last week in march off and would like to burn a couple days before i go on my trip. thanks for any info.

iceman

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mnhunter 3815

like you said depends on mother nature..i been out on red in april before.it sure is a blast.nothin like getting a suntan in april while ice fishing.

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bigdaddy1968

fished red tonight. went out of jrs road 1.5 miles. 25 walters in three hours. no crappies

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markinthemslabs

Well thanks everyone. I might have to go buy that augar extention tomorrow, just so that I have it. I can't wait for the trip. Should I have someone guide my party? I'd hate to go out there and not catch a thing. If I should get a guide. Who is the best? How much do they run? I do have a GPS. Will that increase my chances on finding fish? Thanks for the info.

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kosterguide

there are plenty of guides but go to the guys on the east side there good people and what i have been reading they have been doing the best,

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markinthemslabs

How could I find a guide? I have no idea. I hve never gotten one before. How much do they run? On Average. Who would you pick? Just wondering. Thanks alot!

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Tyler D

The first thing you should do is look at the very top post on the red lake forum it lists guides, rental places, and resorts. Fishing Red lake isnt terribly hard you should be able to find some fish even if you do go it alone. Stay away from other people and move around until you start catching/marking a lot of fish. I usually move around all day and then a couple of hours before dark we decide which spot we thought was best and go back there and hop around.

On the other hand a guide from the area could be very helpful for finding some crappies as they probably are more on top of where they are.

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t rex

we have tried a few dif guides,we have been and will keep goin 2 johnny p....keeps ya on fish,nice houses,away from the crowds.good luck 2 ya

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markinthemslabs

t rex. Where can I locate this guy at? I might be coming up sunday. So it would be great to get that info. Thanks again.

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t rex

markinthemslabs.it is outdoorswithjohnnyp.he runs out of hillman. their num is 218 647 9030.hes a younger guy,but [PoorWordUsage] of a guide,well respected around that area.they seem 2 always stay on fish,for ya.nice shacks

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markinthemslabs

Awsome! Thanks so much. I'll give him a ring. He'll know what to bring and what to use right. All we need is someone to put us right in the zone. We pretty much got it from that point. I can't wait.

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t rex

O yeah.He sets a guy up really well,always been on fish,he will say glow red 4 colors.We have done good on glow pink 2.jigging spoons in glow colors work well 2 call em in.Demons with fatheads seemes 2 be the ticket this year.

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markinthemslabs

How is the fishing in Mid March? I will be up there for sure if the ice is still good. That would be so fun to land on top of some slabs. I hope the ice holds out. Anyone been on the ice in mid march? I sure hope I can make it up there. Spring Break. Lets keep the fingers crossed.

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Borch

Last winter my last trip was the last weekend in March. We'll be up there March 14-16th. It's a great time to be on the ice.

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markinthemslabs

Thanks Borch! So there was plenty of good ice when you were up there? I'll be there March 21-24.

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t rex

There should b plenty of ice til late march this year.I'll be up March 10-12,out in one of Johnny P's 6 man shacks.They say the best crappie fishing on red lake is when you throw one of them slabs on the ice,it tries 2 swim away in the melting ice that you are standing in.Mid March is slab time!!!

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