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mrklean

Yea i know this is the st cloud section but i just wanted to say sunday i will be heading up to red for the first time ever staying in one of the sleepers, im real excited. What should i expect up there this late in the year. I have already heard that i should leave the wheeler at home. How many of you guys have taken the trip up there this year so far? Thanks guys

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IceHawk

If you look in the Red lake Forum under Slabfest "111" You will see that bunch of us were up there from here includeing me.

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Borch

The slabs are just getting going. Your timing should be just about perfect. My wife keeps asking me if we can make the trip back up there this weekend. I told her she needs to wait for a couple more weeks when we have a rental reserved.

Pick up some fatheads, bring some rattlin varmits and some glow power minnows and yuou should be set to go. Bring an auger and go to town if they are not going in the house.

Good Luck!

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mrklean

Do you know any place i can get some power minnows i went lookin yesterday and couldnt find them in town, i didnt try scheels or sportsman though

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IceHawk

Sportsmans Whse and Sheels.

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glenn57

my opinion only, red lake is over rated. i did fish it years ago still might not the lake on top of list. icehawk seen you fished with lisatealz. was suppose to meet up with her and her hubby last new years but didnt pan out. you know for growing up in richmond and living in cold spring im surprized we havent met yet. im told your better half is related to lefty and smiley.

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IceHawk

Glenn57- I had the good fortune of fishing with Lisa and Jim and they definately are a blast to fish with. Can't wait until the next time we hook up! I can tell you Lisa is a go getter on the ice. She runs and guns with the best of the boys. You are right I married there sister. I probably no your brother I beleive Gary. If you ever want to do some fishing together shoot me a email and maybe we can hook up.

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Borch

Red is definitely a different lake than it was 6-7 years ago. Overrated? Well I guess that depends what your expectations are. Last year in 4 trips I caught over 70 crappies between 9-14.75" with most being between 13.5 - 14.5". Throw in lots of eyes between 12-24" and a 36" pike on crappie gear.

Well if that's over rated I can't wait for it to start meeting expectations. \:D

This year has been tougher but the bite seems to be picking up. I doubt that Icehawk feels it's overrated. ;\)

But then again I bet he couldn't keep track of the number of holes he drilled and fished over those two days. If you work for them they will come...eventually. ;\)

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glenn57

borsch, even though we have a place aboutan hour from there i really dont much care for crappies so thats kind of why i dont like red. i prefer winnie and perch.

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icehawk yea that would be him. i know your bro-in- laws pretty good to. grew up by the chain prefer to fish by new london, but yea we should meet up on a lake someday.

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Borch

If you like perch there's no reason to drive by Winni that's for sure!

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The Donk

Hey Mrklean, forgot I was going to give you a report from when we got back. Our group consisted of 7 guys, 4 of which were fishermen. We caught 35-40 walleyes and 1 crappie about 6.7 miles out of Aggasiz' road, for a 2 day trip. Not the hottest bite as we had a little action here and there, but nothing consistent. We weren't real mobile, however, and by the slabfest reports, I would definitely recommend going out of Hillmans to get into some crappies. We didn't mark much that was off the bottom which makes me think there weren't many around. The north shore is probably where its at. Good luck up there and I'm sure you'll let us know how you did. I will be giving it another shot up there in a few weeks if I can get a kitchen pass.

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mrklean

My dad and I will be going out of Hillmans so im hoping the best just hope to catch a few fish

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