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Random guy

Fishing report May 3

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The ice has cleared off of Upper Red Lake and was replaced by off shore white caps, which doesn’t really matter because Crappies are showing up right off the last break line in 6 feet of water where the water is calm. Crappies appear to be to be slow moving and finicky targeting smaller live bait presentations under bobbers or slow drifted on a three way rig.

With the latest conditions and the fact the ice has just melted away most boat canals have yet to be marked. Both the mouth of the Tamarac River and West Winds Resort underwent the proper maintenance last fall to ensure safe passage with the current low water conditions. As of today the markers where not out at either canal. For the Mouth of the river leave the river dead center and take heading towards the north end high trees across the lake or the tip of the point that makes the narrows. Take it slow and watch your depth finder closely. Tonight I was able to navigate out finding four feet of water the shallowest I crossed. As for Westwinds Resort talk to the staff before heading out and they will be very happy to make sure you get on the water without problems.

Good Luck and enjoy the Outdoors

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MWard4400

I was hoping to say something cute........ but I couldn't think of anything.

I see everyone else was stunned also.

I guess we will just come up and fish!

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anynall

hey all, i was on my way home yesterday from rainy river. when i drove by url, i noticed a coupla boats on the river jigging, looked like jigging for walleyes. i thought season was closed for them... i will b up there for opener, again, this year. but was curious if people are getting a jump on the eyes, or some new regulation allows them to fish for them out of season. i dont think they were jigging for crappies or northerns from the waskish river around the bridge.

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ArcticCat21

Fishing in the river is closed for now. If you saw people fishing the were breaking the law.

Just to let everyone know, we marked the channel at West Wind on Thursday afternoon. If you stay between the markers it's about 3 to 4 feet deep all the way out. Good luck.

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dodgeman

Has the DNR marked the channel out of the river yet?

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ArcticCat21

No they have not marked it yet but the sheriff dept. has offered to do it this year. I would hope it gets done by opener.

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dodgeman

yea that would be nice props are expensive. Just a thought why would the sherriff's dept do that and not the DNR its part of the lake???

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Rosalita

Jon,

Thanks for the information about leaving the river. Are the markers still not out? If they are not out there, a person should head towards the point of the narrows if I am understanding you? I haven't fished walleyes on open water Red since our family sold their cabin. Back in the eighties and nineties we would not think of fishing anytime before afternoon on Red. Will these stocked fish bite in the morning?

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Random guy

The markers are out at the mouth of the river but look out after dark. Dark gray pipe with no reflective tape on them. They become a hazard at night. I just don't get it sometimes. confused.gif I am going to make a few calls and see if they will let me tape those or if we can get it done before someone crashes.

Westwinds is marked nicely.

As for the walleye I have been having trouble getting away from them after sunset and in the AM. I would go for the triple threat, AM crappies, mid day pike, and afternoon evening walleye.

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