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RoyalDutchman

2013 River Conditions for Spring Fishing!

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JacobG

yup! ill be scratching that itch really hard next Thursday!!!! Cant wait

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RoyalDutchman

March 30th, 2013:

We went and took pictures of the River this morning around 10:30 AM and the temperature was around 35 degrees. The River is open about 1 mile east of Frontier hoping to be able to push boats off at this landing tomorrow. The shore ice at Birchdale is less than yesterday but still pretty thick by shore so it will probably be a few days until it gets open up for big boats. When we were at Birchdale Landing we counted 31 boat trailers and there were still boats headed that way when we were leaving.

Here is Birchdale Landing:

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1 Mile East of Frontier Landing looking to the west:

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1 Mile East of Frontier Landing looking to the east:

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ProGuideEyes

So will the fork rivers have an impact this year as of now? Are they close to breaking up or not even?

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maxpower117

Yes and no.

Or is it no and yes?

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Fish Tales

Took care of some of the shakes . Went up yesterday just for the day got home this morning at 2 a.m. Got to landing at 6:15 and fishing by 7:00. Fishing is good caught them jigging and casting. The bigger fish came from casting. We caught 61 total 3 biggest 30 1/4 , 29 and 28 1/4 . Lots of cookie cutter 17.5 inch fish Water clarity is at 5 feet awesome. Current is slow but still good for drifting can easily get 1/4 ounce jig down and maintain vertical drift. All boats around us catching fish. Only going to get better with each day. Can't wait till next weekend longer stay shakes will be back.

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jwilli7122

Any guesses on when Wheeler's Point will open? Still a week+ away, I'd guess?

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maxpower117

Any guesses on when Wheeler's Point will open? Still a week+ away, I'd guess?

More like 3.

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RoyalDutchman

April 1st, 2013:

We didn't go check the river yesterday because we spent time with family. Today the river is open about 3.5 miles West of Frontier Landing. They are pushing boats in at Froniter and Birchdale still. We did talk to a county worker and he said there was someone coming from International Falls to clean out the Birchdale Landing but it would probably be a while on the Frontier Landing as there is still quite a bit of shore ice. We will know tomorrow if the landing was cleaned out for big boats. Fishing this past weekend averaged about 50-60 fish a boat with some guys doing good and some doing not so good. We heard of some slot fish, suckers, and sturgeon being caught.

Here was Birchdale Landing this morning:

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Here is Frontier Landing:

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Looking to the West at Frontier Landing:

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JacobG

Just got off the phone with a gentleman from Kootch county. He said they opened up birchdale access this am!

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Meat-Run

Just got off the phone with a gentleman from Kootch county. He said they opened up birchdale access this am!

The parking lot or both lot and the actual access down to the river for bigger boats??

MR

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RoyalDutchman

April 2nd, 2013:

The Birchdale Landing was being cleaned out with equipment this morning and should be ready for big boats later today or tomorrow morning. Frontier Landing still has some shore ice and they are pushing boats in. When we arrived at Frontier there was a 17 foot Almuacraft that had been pushed across the ice. The River is open 4 miles West of Frontier it is getting very close to the white church on the Canadian side.

Birchdale Landing:

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Froniter Landing:

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Fish Head

Awesome! Thanks for posting. I'm headed up next week.

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ProGuideEyes

Thanks for the update!!!! Anybody have a fishing report? Are the forks going to be an issue in the near future with the warm weather?? Thanks!

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goose89

what warm weather??

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CrappieAttitude

See you next week Rainy. Gonna be up there mon-wed. Can't wait!

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meathunter

T minus 7 days till the forks go almost always 5 to 7 days from first boats over ice until big boats at birchdale then 7 days till the flood especially this year with all the snow. Correct me if im wrong. Was up in Feb on the lake and there is LOTS of snow!

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jwilli7122

T minus 7 days till the forks go almost always 5 to 7 days from first boats over ice until big boats at birchdale then 7 days till the flood especially this year with all the snow. Correct me if im wrong. Was up in Feb on the lake and there is LOTS of snow!

Is this accurate? Is weekend of the 13th a bad bet?

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chochie

Nope, there is no magic # as to when the forks let loose. Has to do with temp and the melt. Lots of scientists on here though that seem to have it nailed down to almost the exact hour and minute each spring.

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jwilli7122

Let me rephrase. Is the the weekend of the 6th a significantly better bet than the weekend of the 13th?

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Walleyehunter82

I disagree with meathunter! Im not saying some years cant be like that but this year is not one of them. I would say you have more like a 10-14 day window after open water hits the Birchdale/Frontier area on average. Now obvisously its different every year but with forecast pretty mild this week theres not gonna be a tremendous amount of run off this week. The lows this week have been single digits and low teens and highs in the mid 30s, thats not going to get the forks busting loose anytime soon. I'm going up next Tuesday staying til Sunday at the Wig Wam. $28.50 per person per night for a cabin is pretty cheap! I perdict next week we are going to hit the timing perfect and we are gonna hammer some walleyes!!!!! Just my opinion

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meathunter

No scientist here just from past springs if you have ever been up there when it turns to chocolate you would be trying to time it like myself. Maybe I am wrong but To answer your question the weekend of the 6th is probably safer however the later it gets the warmer the temps and the chance for 100 fish days increase. I have driven up and met rigs giving me the thumbs down you might as well turn around. In general you got about 7 days from big boats at birchdale 6 hrs is too far to gamble might as well fish the Big Bend Dam. Oh and the 6th will be a zoo if only one access is open so be prepared.

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meathunter

I am leaving Fri and fishin till Tues. Play it by ear and watch the river graphs that is about the best thing to do if you are going later also if rain is forecasted proceed with caution. Hope Im wrong and you HIT IT!

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Lostbay

Seems the last several years fishing has been good till season close, with an exception a few years ago. Some of those years the ramps at vidas or further were clear and open around this time or the coming weekend.

Hopefully we get some more landings open to spread everyone out a bit. I've only fished the rainy 11 years now and have only waited more than 30 minutes at a landing once, in or out. The worst was a rainy Friday at frontier on the way out two years go. Even then people were even keeled and patient. Several of my friends fished it back in the 80s and 90s and described the landings as the Wild West, with fights etc... In the same breath they say those were the good old days!

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bak2MN

I will be up on Thursday for the day. Have to get the boat ready tomarrow!!!

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