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PikeCoBigBucks

Red Gut Bay Info. needed (ASAP)

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PikeCoBigBucks

My wife and I have fished NW, Alexandria and Ash Bay's in the past. This year we are staying at Coppen's (May 19th - May 26th). What can tell me about Red Gut Bay? What kind of pattern on the smallmouth and walleye? Anything you can offer would greatly be appreciated! SideBar note - this site is just outstanding and the information shared is invaluable, especially for those who are not locals and make one trip a year to Rainy!!! Thanks for the continued support and insight.....

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wildernessbob2063

Redgut will produce walleyes around the high line (pine narrows) and the mouth of porters inlet. Inside the mouth of porters is considered a fish sanctuary so fishing is not allowed until early June sometime. If your up to it, sand Island falls and spawn inlet also produce fish this time of year but are a bit further up the bay. Dont forget to try the lift bridge which often gets passed up but can be very hot depending on the fish movements.

When fishing redgut in the spring, I prefer either a jig and minnow or a lindy rig and a minnow.

Cant help you with the smallies.I generally fish them late June to July in swell bay.

Good luck and maybe we'll see you on the water up there.

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smalljaw

Fish the same pattern you normally do in Ash or Alexander. Red Gut will have more color. My wife and I fished Red Gut area last Saturday and the brown fish were hungry! They are in pre spawn and bit on jerk baits as well as crappie jigs. They were in less than 6 FOW.

Regards,

Wayne

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PikeCoBigBucks

Thanks for the Redgut/walleye update. How far up from Coppen's is Porters Inlet?

Best of luck to you also and I do hope to see you on the water next week!!!

Regards,

Steve

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PikeCoBigBucks

Wayne,

THANKS for the smallmouth report. What was the grade of fish? Anything over 5LBS.??? Did you have any luck finding crappie? What was the water temp. in RedGut?

Regards,

Steve

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jackfish

Hello Wayne:

Smallies are really biting all over the place. I hope you and Paula are doing well. Keep an eye out for me, as you know I'm out there daily.

Good fishing

Jackfish-Hammy

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Down Deep

Don't forget about Swell Bay which is just under the bridge just out your back door. Go to the east end and fish the back bays for walleyes. A trip through the islands and into Seine Bay to the Seine River and Grassy Bay is also a good choice. Smalleys are on the center islands in Swell.

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smalljaw

I spent the day looking for crappies, only occasionally casting for brown fish. The eyes went through 3 dozen minnows with only one large crappie to keep and she ate a tube. The water is at least two feet lower than normal so the crappie will have to spawn somewhere other than bull rush. I could not find them. The brown fish were in the 3 pound range, no big ones. Water temp was 55 when we started and 61 by late afternoon. I stayed at Coppens once and they treated us well. We may come up this weekend. If you see a green Ranger 619, wave us over and we can share some spots. We put in at Crow Rock.

Regards,

Wayne

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wildernessbob2063

If I were to guess its about 10-12 miles or so. I havent GPSed it but it takes me about 20 minutes from wreck point to get up there with my 25 HP.

As Down Deep mentioned, dont forget about swell bay. We've never run into big fish down there in the spring but catch some nice eaters. Generally they are scattered so keep moving around.

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smalljaw

Hello Jackfish,

The weekend weather is not looking so great. We will probably wait until next weekend to come up. We will keep an eye out for you and stop by any time.

Regards,

Wayne

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PikeCoBigBucks

Just wanted to say THANKS to all those who posted to my request!!! This info. will help. Getting ready to depart in the morning. Will post our fishing report daily. I want to wish everyone safe and prosperous fishing.

Regards,

Steve

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