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Dutchmantoo

Back from Birchdale, still not launching big boats yet but heard county is going to clean landing off Monday. Frontier had small boats going out of there today. Not many fishermen out yet but did talk to 4 groups coming off the river, two at Birchdale and two at Frontier, with one group of five that had ten keeper fish with a released 23". Two guys that asked me not to mention names, had one walleye and one sturgeon, that's right isn't it Byron? The guys at Frontier had four keepers. Ditches were starting to run today but feeder streams seem to be holding steady.

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Dutchmantoo

Sorry Fisferguy09 for not responding to your post till now, but when it comes to predicting what the river will do I'm usually wrong 90% of the time and not right the other 10%

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shamrock7

A little shore ice at Frontier otherwise open shore to shore and north. There was no water there when we went through there Thursday afternoon. Should be to Clementson before long.

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Dutchmantoo

Talked to guys coming in at Frontier tonight, said they had a 24" and 26" with 4 keepers. Should be able to launch large boats by Monday or Tuesday. Did find out one fish over limit does set you back $165.00, NOT ME, but the guy that got busted kept one yesterday and two today. Would like to see a little slower ice off, but we get what Mother Nature give us.

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Random guy

Would like to see a little slower ice off, but we get what Mother Nature give us.

No doubt! I had the sled up north in the back country (your south country) before this big thaw and there is a lot of snow sitting in those river flats. Is she busting up so fast it is a constant rumble again?

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gizmoguy

Possession limit is based on the water you are fishing on. He must of still had the cleaned walleye in his possession from the day before. Technically if you have your possession limit cleaned and stored or in the live-well you are done fishing until you eat some. If you catch your limit that day and eat them you are still done for the day. Make sure everybody in your party has the same story or it could be a very expensive shore lunch. cry

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Dutchmantoo

Run off is still going fairly slow, most of the snow is already gone. We had less snow here than they had south of here. Run off is more a trickle than a rumble.

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Dutchmantoo

Just had some fishermen check in and said the couny cleared frontier landing a few min. ago. River is open to Clemenson.

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ccarlson

Dutchmantoo,

To give us an idea of river flow and what to pack the most of, what weight jig is being used now?

Also, so I have it right, both birchdale and Frontier are open for big boats without having to drop over shore ice?

Thanks,

ccarlson

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Dutchmantoo

Yes, both Birchdale and Frontier are go to go for big boats, no ice on the ramps. As of today 3/8 oz. jig is working fine, may want to bring some heavier in case the flow picks up a little. Water clarity is still holding good.

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slammer

When the forks bust loose, typically how long does the water stay muddy? Once it clears does the fishing pick up? Has there ever been a year where there was no dirty water?

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swampbuck

I just got back from a day trip, The ice is cleared at both Frontier and Birchdale, had to wait at BD for cty to finish and then saw them a while later at Frontier. We caught 17 fish today all males 17"-23" Missed at least that many fish! (Rusty) No bigger fish, We caught most of them in two short stretches and moved on to try to find more/bigger fish. Didnt happen so we went back and caught more. Should not have left fish to find fish. 1/4 oz Northland Thumper jig with a slurpies grub and fathead was the ticket today. They really wanted it dragging down stream about the same pace as current 1.0 to 1.2 MPH GPS speed.

Not much for current and water was fairly clear no grass or debris (other than a few ice bergs)

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Tim_Anderson

When the forks bust loose, the water is typically dirty for at least a couple of weeks. I have been doing this for over ten years now, and I have never seen a season when the water remained clean (and fishable) the entire season. Rather, two weeks or less is usually what you get. My advice would be don't wait too long. The next 7 to 10 days should be the ticket. And once it gets dirty, don't expect it to clear up before the walleye season closes. If you're after sturgeon, you should be able to get back up once it clears.

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Royal Dutchman

Hey Tim,

Have to believe we will run into each other over the next few days (not literally I hope). Are you still in the green Ranger? I'm still in the blue & White Smoker.

My memory is sometimes distorted with time but we recall a full season in '03 & again in '07 or '08. Could be wrong.

Did see her clear up for the last day of the season after getting ugly for a week. Was too late to let anyone know so M & I were the only boat on the river. Just hammered pigs in total solitude. Tough job but somebody's got to do it!

Fore cast looks good for continued good fishing (with no guarantees). The snow is virtually gone here, although I haven't been east or south, so can't see that run-off can be a real big problem without some significant rain.

Temps will start back down after a couple more days and actually firm things up at night so feels pretty good fo now. Can't believe we are looking at the potential for a month of river fishing! Can't believe we won't lose it at some point also.

Heard an unconfirmed huge number of fish caught by a party yesterday. Won't feed the nay-sayers by putting in the number but hope to generate our own confirmed number today!

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SM1

Yep Doug you are right, I was fishing the last weekend in '08 and the river was clean and producing.

I hope everything holds out til easter weekend because thats the earliest I can fish this year. grin I guess time will tell.

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Tim_Anderson

I should rephrase. We were fishing the end of the season in 08, but I don't remember the river opening until very late March or early April. I guess my point was that the season USUALLY is only two weeks long or so because of mud and debris. I hate to see guys wait too long and then have a bummer trip. I had stuff scheduled for the weekend of the 27th, but decided to move things up.

Oh boy do I ever hope you are right and we have three or four weeks of great fishing this year! Twould be great for everybody. My philosophy is, best to get up there and get it done right away. Then maybe if it stays good, I can go back up for another trip.

Yep Doug, I'm still in the green Ranger. If you see me, stop by and say "hi". I'll keep my eye open for you. Will try to give you a "bonafide" report sometime this week. Would like to see you get full up and stay that way!

Good luck fishing guys...

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fishuhalik

I definitely appreciate you guys keeping us posted. If I read a couple of good reports I may be able to talk my dad into going up there for a day/weekend trip, just make sure you post some pictures for me to show him, he's one of those guys that won't believe it until he sees it, and after last year's disappointing day (around 15 small eyes, 1 sturgeon hookup/got off, 1 ticket for expired tabs) he said he won't go back unless they're jumping in the boat

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bri_bigeyes

Tim & Dutch, I have also been going up for over ten years. I watch hydrographs and every other available bit of information. Every year I think I become closer to figuring things out...and then something changes. There's just so many variables (fall river levels, winter flow, ice thickness, snowmelt rate...you name it). I would have to agree that on a typical season once the Forks break it is pretty well a done deal. However, this year I'm thinking things might be different. From what I'm hearing the flow seems to be normal as of right now, and I understand most of the melting and runoff has occurred. The Forks look like they went up about 3-4 ft. the last couple of days. Typically, this is when they break loose because the ice essentially becomes a floating mass as the water rises and the combination of the increased flow causes the river to break. It looks like the levels have stabilized and if it doesn't break before they come back down then the ice will just slowly melt day by day with warmer temps. Of course a big rain event or snowmelt from a spring storm would change everything. If we weren't to get either of those, I think we would see an entire season here. Of course, I pushed my trip back from this weekend to try and wait for more big fish to enter the river based on my theory...watch it bite me in the butt!! Can't thank you guys enough for all of your helpful posts. Can't imagine trying to plan thi strip 20-years ago. Draw straws I guess!

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panmaster

Hey guys, Any new updates?

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Royal Dutchman

Trouble posting. Keep it short.

Clarity returning. Some pigs reported with 30 1/4 tops.

Will post more soon

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Royal Dutchman

Thanks for all your hard work Rick and gang, to get us back up!

Thanks Tim A for checking in, hope clarity at Birchdale improves daily, which cool down should do.

Best group on Wed had 8 over 24" with 29 1/2" big. On Thurs. had 28 & 30 1/4. Four of 6 guys had lifetime best eyes. Not bad. Twister tail & minnow.

No great numbers yet. Fish are schooled in certain areas, if you find fish, stay with them.

Will report more later.

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Mike Stark

does the season close april 14th?

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walros

nope closes april 15

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fisherguy09

Hi guys, Hows everything looking after the weekend? Did the clairty improve and temps come up?

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Random guy

Water temp was 33.4 on Saterday and pretty chalky as of yet.

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