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Open water plans?

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As the ice season winds down and melts away my thoughts turn to the open water season. I have spent the last couple of days rigging the guide boat, upgrading software and spooling new line on all the rods while thinking about what this year will bring and what kind of action Red Lake will see. How many people plan on fishing walleye during opener , chasing crappies as soon as the ice goes or targeting some of the trophy class pike the inhabit Upper Red?

As a local resident I know I will be on the water every chance I get but what do people from out of town have in mind or how is Red Lake viewed as an open water destination?

I guess it was just one of those questions that popped in my head while spooling up reels today.

So what are your plans for Upper Red this summer?

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I'm planning on one trip for sure after the opener for a mix species trip.

You never kow what'll bite you. Could be crappies, walleye, pike, perch or those pesky sheepshead.

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Me and my bro are gonna plan a fall pike trip to Red. So I might have to get in contact with ya this summer about it Jon. Then of coarse we will have to try and catch a couple eye's while were there.

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Going to bring my nephew and one of his buddies up in early June, and maybe again in early July with the deer hunting crew. Great place to be at anytime of the year!

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I plan on bringing my son up again in early June. Last year he caught 3 walleyes jigging (he had never jigged before) while I was rigging up a slip bobber rod. We didn't have time to chase the crappies since we were having so much fun catching walleyes.

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Opener plopped in front of the Tamarac with a jig and minnow. URL is the only Minn. lake that can rival Canadien waters in spring. We will be there 10 days starting May 3 on our way to Canada.

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I plan on being there on the weekend after opener, some mixed action with the kids and wife.

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Mrs Boilerguy and I were chattin aboot this very thing a couple days ago. I'd like to get up that way sometime this summer. A day or 2 on URL, a day or 2 on Cass, a day or 2 on Winnie, then the long boring drive home.

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My opener location will be very secretive as normal. I do plan on my first URL trip for Northerns...planning on throwing jerkbaits at them. Humm an Idea for a new thread.

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I plan on breaking my own personal record of eating my daily limit of walleye 7-days in a row.

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I plan on breaking my own personal record of eating my daily limit of walleye 7-days in a row.


Your new name will be "Mr. Mercury" grin.gif

(Before the panic starts: Red lake fish are not tainted or harmful to little babies and women, this is just a joke, this was only a joke of the jokester system.)

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I plan on making a trip up there at least once on the open water!

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Heading up the weekend after opener, camping on the Tamarack. Hoping that we can find a few crappies and of course some nice RL walleyes!!!

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Yep I think jerkbaits would be a good place to start, one of my favorites. smile.gif As for our open water plans hope to get down to Red and try some crappie fishing. Have talked about it for a few years, now we live much closer. Although our open water plans will be very limited this summer. Have to build a new house, sold ours in Janurary and moved up north. Now the new house we are going to build will be on the shores of Lake of the Woods, smile.gif so we can make up for the fishing we will miss this summer. grin.gif

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I pick up my first new boat tomorrow. I've already made plans to come up to URL the last weekend in April to chase down acouple slabs. With the way the ice is coming off the lakes around here I'm so excited that i'm foaming at the mouth and trying not to throw things around my office.

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I've got a trip planned with Jon up to LOW to fish Sturgeon soon, and two more trips on Red. We're planning one of them for 'eyes/crappies and another for monster pike!!!

I guess Jon's got a trick up his sleeve for the open water crappies. This will be interesting smile.gif

Joel

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I guess Jon's got a trick up his sleeve for the open water crappies. This will be interesting
smile.gif

Joel


You look funny doing it, and even get heckled a little bit but man o man does it produce crappies in that big soup bowl.

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I will be stopping in to try my hand on the 1st Monday in June on the way up to LOW! They can run but they cant hide!

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I dont think we will be up there this summer...there is no fish up there. grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

Actually the first trip is planned for the sunday of opener. With the next one probably a few weeks later.

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6 visits on the books for this summer. Spread around May thru Labor Day. No opener for me, though.

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Last year we had 2 trips, opener and 3rd week in June. This year we are going opener again, stay at Westwind( they take good care of us, nice cabins and service)

I like to start fishing the shoreline away from everyone. See if i can fine Mr. Walleye in Shallow water 3-5 feet. Using jig/minnow. Last year we caught them on opener in 2-3 ft of water. It was all out crazy!

We had 11 guys, kept 22 and had a good fish fry saturday night, and Sunday breakfast. Even the DNR visited our cabin. We were good, but a guy gets nervous even when you know you are not cheating.

Maybe this year troll around for the Big Pike. Hopefully Friday we can find some crappies, but just being on the water will do.

What are people trolling with, for Big Pike?

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I just had a new fridge and stove delivered today for my CPK(catch,photo,keep) fish.

everybody else seems to be getting new stuff wink.gifsmile.gif

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