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Every time I make the long journey to Upper Red Lake, old man winter is there to welcome me. This trip was no different. It was cold, lows down to -15 and it was windy, gusts up to 25mph. When you do the math, that adds up to a cold wind chill.

My fishing partner for the weekend was FishingMinnesota Pro Staff Tyler Holm. This was Tyler's first trip up to Upper Red Lake and after the fishing we experienced, I hope it wasn't his last.

Fishing was tough to say the least. Mobility on the ice was severely hampered by the cold and the wind. When you are trying to hunt the crappies down, mobility is your greatest ally! Having to sit in your portable to escape the elements isn't the most mobile way to fish.

In typical Red Lake fashion, walleyes were not difficult to find and catch.

We caught walleyes in my portable shack!

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We caught walleyes in my permanent shack!

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We caught walleyes at Roger's Campground, we caught walleyes on Hillman's Rd.

The funny thing about the walleyes though, is I was catching the big ones and Tyler was catching the small ones. Most of my fish were running 16-19". Most of Tyler's fish were running 8-12". I guess if you ask Tyler, he would say that wasn't funny! In all my years of fishing Red, I've never seen anyone catch so many small walleyes!

Well... Here's a walleye Tyler finally caught that was camera worthy! smile.gif

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Of course the highlight for the trip was catching the crappies, or maybe I should say crappie. That is singular. Crappie. 1 Crappie. And unfortunately, it took my bobber down. I should have passed the rod to Tyler so he could catch his first but I didn't know it was a crappie until it was flopping at the top of the hole and we were both yelling at the top of our lungs while scrambling to grab it. smile.gif

The weekend was fun! We met up with some old friends at Hillman's Tall Tales- Norm (fiskyknut), Ken (Labs4me), Jonny P, Kelly P, Matt (huntingislife) & Nikki. We told some stories, or I should say listen to Jonny P tell stories, ate some pizza and had a few beers.

It was a good weekend but I think Tyler is ready for a rematch already!

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It was a truly eventful trip and I thank you for that Hanson. We caught a lot of fish, and shared hundreds of stories. It don’t get much better than that (except the crappies could have cooperated a bit more)

Those smaller buggers just seemed attracted to my side of the shack. It was so frustrating, it became funny.

We put a few perch on the ice as well, with some of then nearing 11”.

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Thanks again hanson, I’m already pondering a “revenge” trip but it’s looking like it will have to be next ice season.

It was great to meet everyone else that Hanson mentioned as well. That was so neat to walk into a bar that I'd never been in and immediately know 4, 5, or 6 people.

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    • 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 
    • IceHawk
      Great Idea Rick 
    • Borch
      A plus is that the forecast is for a much nicer day Saturday.
    • Tom Sawyer
      Thanks for your work guys! You were showin' some serious team spirit being out there today. I would have helped but I had a few appointments today I couldn't reschedule. I know I'm available Friday to do any last day scouting/fine tuning....
    • IceHawk
      Definitely a grind out prefishing cats today for the gathering.  Weather made it to tough but I Jeff  and his brother pushed through the elements to try and find a few active schools .   Locating the schools were tough took a pile of holes and the augers got a workout for sure,  but fortunately  we did find a couple active schools. Jeff and his brother found a few on one lake and I found a decent school on another lake. The good news was that both schools were cruising shallow flats in both locations and about the same depths. Great news as this is a good indication they are feeding on these flats.   Amazeingly both schools were found on a inside corner. Bingo looks like we have a pattern formed. We iced and marked  a fair number of cats in both locations so things are looking good for Saturday. Plus is we added a few for the fish fry already  Jeff I'll keep plugging away out there hopefully I can dial them in even more I have a hunch there are a few more close by where we ended. 
    • eyeguy 54
      nice fishies
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