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2013 River Conditions for Spring Fishing!

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goose89

What's the problem with the big Rangers? Id rather have one of them go by me at 60 mph than a sixteen foot Lund with four guys in it slow down to be courteous and create three times the wake.

Amen!! The 3' "courtesy" wakes created by going 1/2 throttle are way more annoying and frightening to small boats, than the small wakes created by going by on plane. Sometimes you have to slow down to make it through boats safely, for sure. But then use common sense... take it ALL the way off plane and idle through.

The "60mph" fly by's aren't being arrogant or showing off, as felt by some. I don't have one of them "60" mph boats, but I appreciate it when they roar by, don't throw a giant wake, and don't look, gawk and spot when a net is raised.

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Double A

What sort of landing is Timber Mill? Is at the park in town? What's the parking like? Thanks for the info.

Here's the view from above.

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TMF89

Thanks! So is there overflow parking or is that lot just it?

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Big Country

Any one have an update as to where the river is open up to as of today? Heading up with a group tomorrow afternoon. Staying near 4 mile but figure we will have to trailer to Baudette still to put in. Thanks. BC

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hammerfive

Any updates on how far the river is open? We will be heading up tonight just curious how far to the west we will be able to fish.

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DTro

As of last night it I heard it was open to town, but Vidas was the furthest West open launch.

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shamrock7

When I left Sunday afternoon, it was open north of the airport. Would imagine it is getting close to Wabanica by now

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TMF89

Well at least the weather is better up there than it his down in the Cities right now!!

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Ballyhoo

It's open out to the resorts. Saw a boat fishing in Sportsman's webcam

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LindellProStaf

Hi Grant and Elyse. I just wondered if you ever got that monster up to the boat the other night? Must have been huge. I am thinking it may have been a Tuna like on that TV show Wicked Tuna.... Love that show. Wish we had a camera along.

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jason1lane

I was up there yesterday and here's what i saw

ifalls to littlefork river water was clear but up like 10 ft

littlefork to bigfork water was mucky and lots of debris. and small ice chunks here and there hard to hold bottom with 7oz of weight

Frontier had 15 ft of ice flowing along the shore and cleminsons was shore to shore ice chunks. don't know about baudette area but id assume its not good

in my opinion it is a waste of time until the river clears a little

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    • Jarrid Houston
      Roads to the islands always need to be taken very cautious and I would encourage going with someone who knows the area..  I believe they were shutting down the highway H extension due to this recent weather we just got?  Plenty of fish and opportune situtations in the bay.
    • cookie129
      Another crazy busy weekend is in the books. I really enjoy giving out my fishing/what's happening on the lake reports but finding the time has been tough. To say its a grind is a understatement.
       I can tell you again as the season winds down I'm never ready for it to end, as I truly love being out there in my trucks, moving houses, plowing the  hillmen highway, giving advise, helping other fishermen when they do something silly, Driving into a snow bank, dropping there gun down a hole or any other important object like there keys. Every year all the workers seem to get a little grumpy as fighting mother nature, going from sun up to sunset takes a toll physically and mentally. It also seems I ruffle a few feathers every year and its never my intent  so I have to chalk it up as a long season. If I stepped on anyone's toes it sure was not planned or intended as all most every day plan a turns to plan b and c. Mother nature dictates where I go sometimes as well as any plowed roads that can make our job easier. The cookie shuffle worked very well this year as I tell everyone that gets lost in my maze of trails. I'm not a road engineer.
       Man did we get overwhelmed with wheel house's this past weekend, any fish coming from southwest had to go threw a gauntlet of hooks to find my fishermen.
       I had two wheel house's  that I set up at the end of the hillmens highway and was surprised how bad they did. I guess I should of went south not east? The nw road has gotten to much to maintain, there's one lone house out that way that will need a new trail made .
       Its all started Thursday as jonnny boy and I prepped for the weekend with Joe, Zack, Adam and   his crew arriving fro florida. Zacks birthday wish was fishing red lake, they had a blast. They went to westwind where they enjoyed a fish fry, plus they took home a few fish with a couple even getting a ride in florida fish house as we moved a small distance to put it on fresh ice for there last night sunday. Last year when they came we landed on the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie mother load? I think  they had dreams for a year of repeating that. Every year is different and again this year was no exception.
       Ben who proposed in old Minnesota to Shawna 8 years ago were in old Minnesota with there two adorable kids. Louie the fishing machine and his little sister Willa plus there friend Nelli.
       They had a blast also with Shawna getting a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie to boot. They also managed to take home a nice batch of upper red lake walleyes.
       Hunter and his two buddies were in north Dakota. It was slow but they also managed to take home a batch of fish.
       Charlie and Rizzo were in montana , They were very serious about there fishing and went home with there 8.
      Jeromy and his gal were in north Carolina Saturday, sunday . They also managed to get there 8.
       Sunday was a very tough day as we had all 5 houses re rented. I was planning on moving all of them so we battled mother nature the whole time as a ne wind with 2 inches of snow made it impossible to see. At one point I was getting sea sick as I struggled to see, With the sky, horizon and the lake all the same color. wow what a struggle.
       It took us  7 1/2 hours but we got every thing cleaned, moved.
       Mother nature has given us another bout of snow so tomorrow I will let every one know how the houses did the last two days as its time to check the fluids and fire up the fleet
       
    • nickeleye
      Figured I should report back... I fished prime time on Saturday morning and Saturday evening. No action. It didn't help that I forgot to grab the vexilar on the first outing, but it didn't help to have it on the second outing either! ha! Marked a few but couldn't get them to bite. Used a GPS chip to punch some holes over structure, but when I came back with the vexilar, they weren't quite as deep as I hoped. Thanks for the pointers BrianF
    • LucasLongCaster
      Around this time last year this thread was started by @Royal_Dutchman. I got my trip planned for April but by the look of the extended forecast it's not looking to promising, especially compared to where it was at last year on Feb 23rd. 
    • osok
      Been a brutal hard water season for me as well, figured it was a continuation of my fall fishing luck. 
    • Wanderer
      Thanks guys.  I checked out Modis for ice coverage and Navionics to help understand how things are laid out.  Knowing what areas certain fish prefer and those typical depths is a big plus.
    • urbaniceteam
      My wife and I are hoping to get up to Mille Lacs this Saturday and spend the night on the ice.  Does anyone have any last minute availability?  All the resorts I've contacted are booked. Thanks!
    • Borch
      Lots of nice fish!  Central Mn is cranking out some nice panfish.
    • eyeguy 54
      I did till about 2 then just had to go for a bit. LOL 
    • IceHawk
      Nice fish guys. Royce doesn't look like you took the day off 
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