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2017 Red River Reports- From Capt Brad Durick

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The snow last week put a hiccup in the catfishing but things are now starting to come back together.  Anglers are reporting mixed success on the catfish front this week.  What we know is the water is warming back up, the forecast is stable and there are lots of fish around the Grand Forks area.

The best fish are being caught on the edge of the main channel in the faster water. Fishing near structure can help also.  Fresh bait has been the best bait.  Some days the bigger sized baits are working and other days you have to downsize to keep the fish from stealing it.


Over the weekend and into the week to come the bite will become much more consistent.  Water conditions are perfect in Grand Forks and all accesses are open.

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River conditions are perfect and catfishing is OUTSTANDING!  The catfish are feeding hard in preparation for the upcoming spawn that is still weeks away.  With water temps just nearing 60 degrees everything is in high gear and there are lots of big fish in the area.  The best locations are break lines and current seams, structure does help but does not seem to be necessary for success.  Give a spot 15-20 minutes without a bite and move on.  All baits are working.  With the nice forecast ahead it is a great time to catfish.

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Catfishing remains excellent this week. There are still lots of big fish around to be caught. The cold front that moved in earlier this week has pushed the fish out of the main current but they have not gone far. Just small adjustments to stay on fish is sufficient. They are short biting a lot so downsize bait a bit and make sure it is threaded on the hook well to increase catch rate.  Until things warm up again. It may be a good idea to sit on spots a bit longer to. 20-30 minutes.


Bait is pretty anything fresh.


River conditions remain great so now is the time to enjoy it.

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