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Coming up Wednesday with my father-in-law. His first trip to Red. Was up in early Feb and the deeper water was producing for me. Is deep (13+) still a good bet. I always go out of Hillman's. How's the roads/bridges. I'm guessing travel cross country should be alright with melted snowpack.

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As of today cross country travel was ok with a 4x4 although watch out for old fishouse banks and road banks, they'll get ya.

As for the fish they seem scattered, some groups that are willing to move around and find active fish are having great luck, ones that plop and never move are having slower luck.

Today myself, huntingislife and his gal drilled a bunch of holes across the lake and found them in both 12' and 9' of water.

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Jon, thanks for reply.

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Off road travel is getting better. The snow is melting and settling down big time! I was all over off road in my GMC Sierra and didn't get stuck once! smile.gif Busting through the plow banks to get "off road" is where the fun is at though.

Hillman's Rd was in really good shape when I left Monday morning. With the snow melting, it was almost as smooth as glass Sunday night. Was definitely starting to get sloppy near shore but nothing to worry about yet.

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Travel was good if you didn't mind the water. Went off the roads and on the roads. The roads were constant water and the rest was water patches with snow. We went anywhere (except where the slabs were) without getting stuck. Its wet.

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Try fishing where you would get stuck?

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The spot I fished monday was where I got stuck. 7 crappies and then I missed one and that was the end of that. He must of told his buddies as I never caught another one

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Now that getting stuck bite has me wondering.

Are the fish there because or rough ice, cracks, ridges or drifts that people tend to get stuck in?

Or could it be the tires spinning, engine racing, driver cussing and shovel banging on the ice?

The world may never know. wink.gif

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Or could it be the tires spinning, engine racing, driver cussing and shovel banging on the ice?

The world may never know.
wink.gif


Or we can just ask Paul W.....

Good Luck!

Ken

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WOW!!!! Isn't that ever going to die blush.gifwink.gif

Guess it makes sense tho.....as I have always gotten at least a couple every time I have been up there grin.gif

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One thing that we are going to have to watch closely this year is the shoreline. The lake is about 2 feet low so there is about 2 feet less of ice over the sandbars and the ground heat. Also here on the eastern shore most of that shallow area froze up as white slush a foot to a foot and 1/2 deep. We'll still have 30+ inches of good ice out in the lake when the shoreline breaks up. frown.gif

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after last weekend's warmth, the ice on edges of the Red Lake River is already rotting. Water levels are 'way the heck down this year, and what's brown is sucking up the heat big time.

As an aside, check out the station wagon pic at kroxam.com

Sucker lit about 500 feet from my river shack. After topping a coupla trees this morning. frown.gif

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So when you guys go out and start punching holes everywhere how far apart do you drill between the holes? Last weekend we drilled about 50 feet apart is that too much?

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It depends on where we're drilling. If an area looks really good(Lots of rough dirty ice) I may drill one every 15 yards or so. Otherwise I'm spreading them out a bit more in the 20-30 yard range. I'm just trying to get close to the school. If I pick up a straggler then I make swiss cheese in a smaller area trying to find his buddies. laugh.gif

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