Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
SCUMFROG

How's the bite been?

16 posts in this topic

My brother-in-law and I are planing on heading up there Thursday and just wanted to know if any thing is bitting?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would say you have a good chance to catch fish. The incoming weather could stall the ongoing frenzy.

The day bite had been excellent. Sunday,for me the best fishing was between 2-4 pm. I've been hitting the lake over 10-15 times a year and the big swamp just keeps magically producing volumes of fish.The bite seems the same as it was 4 years ago..hit the right day and it doesn't get any better.

Tips that help me:

Get away from the crowd...I mean miles away....you have that luxury.

Don't be afraid to supersize the minnows. These pigs can get your bobber to pop when they inhale a 3" long shiner.

Jig style and color don't seem to matter to much right now. A plain hook has been very successful. I've had luck on glowing rocker spoons and a minnow head later, but walleyes seem to favor these.

If you get set up and don't have fish on the ice in 15-20 minutes, move even if it's -20 winchill. I know it's work, but 20 yards can mark or break a successful trip.

A scanning two-way radio comes in handy to let you know if the bite is on around the crowd. Plus, you can heckle your buddies during slow times.

Good Luck SFROG,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, I have never even seen this lake or even know were he is talking me yet. So any help would be great. And I've only been ice fishing 2 times..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is it worth it to come there from grand forks?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Definitely. Grand Forks isnt any further than the majority of people who drive to Red, and unless you have a better lake in mind, well, make the trip grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

people come from alot farther, you might get some, you might not, I will be up there friday, might do good might go home whooped (done both) if you have never been there before its worth it to at least come once just to see the lake. my opinion anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes its is a great lake.

But with this weekends weather I would stay home and play it safe. blush.gif

Plus the fishing has been mediocore at best. Nothing to see here please move on grin.gif

No its well worth the trip. Hell its worth 5 or more every year!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I will be up on fri. night with the bitter cold and all. Hopefully we will be able to get something in that cold weather. Even with the -40 outside it will be 70 and comfy in my house, and it don't take very long to ice down your beer either!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll be tehre in a few weeks maybe then. We went to devils lake monday, and i have been to red as well. But not this year, we were there right after ice off and them walleyes are pretty vicious there at that time. We didnt get one, the walleyes wouldnt let us fish properly as sad as that sounds. We were just off of that first little drop to 8 feet where the rish comes in... i have no idea where to try for crappies in the winter though?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mike-

You ask where to find crappies in the winter. Its pretty simple. I'd suggest picking a resort- Rogers, Morts, Westwind, Hillmans and pay the money to use their road. Drive out until you run into the city of houses. Get out of the truck and drill some holes.

If you haven't done it in the winter, use the cluster of houses as a guide and fish in the 'proximity' of them to start. Now I'm not telling you to crowd the houses but rather use them as a guide to the general area of where the fish will be. Maybe set up a 1/4 mile from the closest person and you should have a good starting point. If you don't catch anything in a 1/2 hour, move and try a different area.

I don't feel there is any rocket science to the location. You just have to remain mobile and be willing to adjust locations if the fish aren't biting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well the bite was pretty good for us today!

My wife and I made a day trip up there. The bite was excellent the entire 2 hrs 45 minutes we fished until we had our limits.

Get away fromt he crowd. You don't need to get that far away. I parked the truck about 200 yards from the nearest house/fisherman. Then I started drilling holes. I drilled about 40 holes over a 200+ yard area. Then I checked each of them with the depth finder before I even unloaded the fish house or any of my gear. I found fish in only one of these holes(another 200 yards away) which we used as a start point. We never needed to move.

Hot baits for us were a large crappie minnow or fat head on a glow demon. Although I had my best luck on a large ratso in glow or chartruese. No need to tip it with live bait. These have been my hot bait the past two winters for crappies. The URL crappies really liked them as well.

Also did alright on 1/8 oz go devils with a minnow head. But had more takers on the ratso today.

The crappies were in smaller schools where we were at. You'd pop a couple out of each school and they'd be gone. A few minutes later a new school would show up.

Tally for the day... 9 hrs driving, 3 hours(or so)fishing, two limits of crappies, Sharing it with your lovely wife.....priceless!

Definitely worth it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

congrats,and thanks for the info on what to use.

good luck fishin!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

awesome... how big were those puppies? Me and a buddy are coming sunday hopefully.... got a pretty good idea on what the deal is. I hope they continue to bite with all this cold coming. Any other info would be sweet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I am not going now cause of work. So I guess I'll stick to the lakes down here to start my ice fishing, but not his week. tongue.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:


awesome... how big were those puppies?


Ours all ran from 12-15". Most were 13-14". All very nice crappies.

I'd think that by Sunday the crappies would adjust to the weather change. It's not like it was balmy yesterday. It was -12 degrees when we got there and -3 when we left the lake. But with no wind to speak of it was very pleasant.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thats the awesome part about red... you can catch them, and they are just huge. I love that. I can catch crappies by the hundreds on the lake i have my icehouse oin northeast minnesota near eveleth. But the biggest we have pulled out of there was 10.5. The next closest was 9.5 n the majority run about 6-8. The lake i actually live on has really nice mostly 10-13 or 14's even, but it has been fished pretty much out of them. I guess i am going to have to figure out where those landings are... i am guessing they don't charge that much right?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Rick
      Minnesota state parks have made it easy—and free —to experience the fun of fishing.  “We’ve eliminated some of the barriers that were keeping today’s busy families from getting out fishing,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “Now, you and your family can try your hand at fishing – at no cost – before investing in equipment or purchasing a fishing license.” People are able to fish from shore without a license in most state parks on a lake or river that doesn’t require a trout stamp. Other rules and regulations still apply, such as the number and size of fish that the person can keep. Details, including a map showing where to find the free fishing opportunities, can be found online. Free fishing kits, which include a rod and tackle, are loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis at many state parks, thanks to funding from the DNR’s MinnAqua program. “These fishing kits make it easy for families,” said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills leader for DNR’s fish and wildlife outreach section. “The many fishing opportunities state parks offer are a great way for families to have fun, learn together and build a tradition that connects them to the outdoors.” Beginners and those who haven’t fished in awhile can brush up on their fishing skills at one of many I Can Fish! programs this summer. These hands-on learning opportunities ($5 for adults and free for children under age 12) cover fish identification, casting, knot-tying and more. Fishing gear is provided for use during the programs, and fishing licenses are not required. Experienced anglers will demonstrate skills and then give participants time to practice. Participants will also get a small tackle box to take home with them. For a complete schedule of I Can Fish! programs and information on how to register, visit www.mndnr.gov. For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday). Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • overdalimit
      getting thicker now. no big slicks on lake yet probably another week and the "carcass trails" will start showing up.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Fish Head, I believe that only applies to winter entry. Cliff
    • Rick
      Cost for hunting and fishing licenses won’t increase until 2018 The Department of Natural Resources reminds state park visitors, snowmobilers and ATV riders that modest fee increases will go into effect on July 1.  However, the cost of fishing and hunting licenses, including deer licenses, won’t increase until 2018. “I want to thank the many Minnesotans and state lawmakers who supported these modest increases in parks, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, hunting and fishing fees during the recent legislative session,” said Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “These fees will help maintain quality outdoor experiences for now and for future generations. We are fortunate to live in a state that offers such great outdoor opportunities and passionate citizenry that supports those resources.” One-day state park vehicle permits will increase $2 to $7 and year-round vehicle permits will increase $10 to $35. These fees have not changed in more than a decade, and the increases were needed to continue to provide quality facilities and services at these important places at a level that maintains their nation-leading status. Also effective July 1, the fee to register all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles will increase and a $15 license will be required for ice shelters that do not collapse, fold or disassemble. “ATV and snowmobile clubs throughout the state provide a large and well-maintained system of trails throughout Minnesota,” Landwehr said.  “These trails are supported in large part by the user fees that contribute to the state’s grant-in-aid trail systems.  High-quality trails give snowmobilers and other motorized recreation enthusiasts a reason to travel, which bolsters tourism and strengthens local economies in Minnesota.” For a list of all the Parks and Trails fees that are changing, visit the fee details page. Effective with the 2018 license year, the cost for some fishing and hunting licenses will rise. The cost of a resident fishing license will increase $3, from $22 to $25, and a resident deer license will increase $4, from $30 to $34. A complete list of license fee increases is available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/LicenseDollarsAtWork. These increases won’t build fish and wildlife programs but do ensure that fish stocking will not be reduced; deer management and research will continue at current levels; and nuisance wildlife and wildlife damage complaints will be answered in a timely manner. For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday). Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • smurfy
      I've never fished it but am very familiar with the area. Here is what I know of it. Good bass fishing. There are muskies in it. Walleye fishing is best at night. There is a place called frontier sports in Marcel that may give better insite to the lake then I, also info on guides. It's a pretty lake with cery clear water.
    • Rick
      Active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States Armed Forces and veterans with a service-related disability are now eligible to receive a free year-round vehicle permit, providing unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.  These new benefits were proposed by the Department of Natural Resources and approved by state lawmakers during the 2017 Minnesota legislative session (Minnesota Statutes, section 85.053, subdivisions 8 and 10). “We are grateful to the men and women who have served in the military,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “Providing free access to Minnesota state parks is just one way to thank them for their service and sacrifice.” To see all of the licenses, permits and passes that are available to military personnel and veterans, and the form of identification that an individual needs to show, visit www.mndnr.gov. The DNR is recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Company for its support of active and retired military personnel and their families. “We invite active military personnel and veterans with a service-related disability to come get their free permit over the Fourth of July weekend,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “Minnesota state parks and recreation areas offer a firework-free environment for those who want to celebrate the holiday in peace and quiet.” A list of especially quiet getaways is included in the summer guide on the Parks and Trails website. For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday). Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed construction project to widen and manage flow rates for a section of the Mississippi River channel near Hastings that has narrowed with sediment build up.  Changing sediment patterns have made it difficult and costly to maintain safe navigation through this river channel. The St. Paul District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to remove sediment and build two new rock sills on the right and left river banks to help control water flow and increase water velocity to help maintain the full channel width. The DNR environmental assessment worksheet for the proposed project is integrated with a draft federal environmental assessment. The DNR will accept comments on the EAW for the “Lower Pool 2 Boulanger Bend to Lock and Dam No. 2 Maintenance Project” through 4:30 p.m. July 26. A copy of the document is available on the DNR website. Additional copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5082. A copy is also available for public review at: DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. DNR Central Region Headquarters, 1200 Warner Road, St. Paul, MN 55106. Hennepin County – Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, Second Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN  55401-1992. Park Grove Branch, Washington County Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave. South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 South Frontage Road, Hastings, MN 55033. The EAW notice is being published in the June 26 Environmental Quality Board Monitor, also known as the EQB Monitor. Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, to the attention of Kate Fairman, EAW project manager, Environmental Policy and Review Unit, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025. Electronic or email comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us or by fax to 651-296-1811 with “Boulanger Bend EAW” in the subject line.  If submitting comments electronically, include name and mailing address. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Anyone looking for summer adventure may want to explore the mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area during one of the I Can Mountain Bike! programs on Saturday, July 8, and Saturday, Aug. 12. Three I Can Mountain Bike! sessions will take place each day, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from noon to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. During the first half of the program, participants will practice shifting, braking and body position in a wide open setting. During the second half, they’ll take a guided ride and explore the single-track mountain-bike trails. I Can Mountain Bike! Use of bikes and helmets will be included with the registration fee ($25/adult and $15/child). A Minnesota state parks vehicle permit ($7/day or $35/year-round) is also required to enter the park. Children should be at least 10 years old to participate and should be able to comfortably ride a bike on pavement prior to attending this program. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone.   CLICK: www.mndnr.gov/reservations (24 hours a day). CALL: 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, excluding holidays. I Can Mountain Bike! is part of a series of skill-building programs offered by the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. Other programs in the series introduce camping, rock climbing, fishing, paddling and archery to beginners. The I Can! programs are made possible with support from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance. Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, near Brainerd, features 25 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. It also has an 8-mile paved trail. For more information, including program dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements, visit www.mndnr.gov/ican or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday). Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • certified jumbo
      Good reports guys.   We were up Wednesday to Sunday.   I second you on the weather, rain and wind got old.  Not to mention bugs were terrible.  No see ums bothered us the most.      For us luckily the fishing was great.   Limited on bows and Lakers.   Had several stellar meals too.
    • ifishwalleye
      Hi, I'm looking for a fresh report from the North end.  Thanks!