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curt quesnell

Report from 10-20/21

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curt quesnell

6 inches of rain in the last 2 weeks has water levels up

and movin! Cold fronts every couple of days for a couple

of days should be giving the fish lock jaw. But the bite

stays pretty good and the weekend weather lets us fish

anywhere.

The lake is consistant and the fish are of good size. Drop

anchor, turn your back to the wind and go to work. 4 of

us sat outside of the Morris Point Washout, the big pack

of boats was on the east side so we set up on the west

side, 19 feet deep. It was pretty steady, not 200 fish

days but close to 100 counting dink Saugers.

It seems at mid day the tiny Saugers move in pretty thick

and you stay pretty busy feeding them. A good time to go in

for lunch or try something different for a couple of hours.

Saturday afternoon we went out to one of the mid lake

rock piles and the fishing was slower there, but the fish

were pretty big. Another run of decent fish moves thru the

gaps late in the day so its a good place to finish up.

Sunday morning first thing we fished right in the Lighthouse

Gap and fought the current for about 20 minutes, then fished

the corner in 4 Mile Bay, caught one there and saw a few

others caught. We all thought it was better at Morris Point

so we finished up the morning there.

2 big fish fries, nice keeper Walleyes and limits of Saugers

as easy as throwing the anchor and being patient. Chalk up

another nice weekend fall fishing. When you are lucky

enough to get decent weather and have a good bunch of boat

mates it hard to beat. Nautical John, Lumpy and soon to

be Navy grunt Matt made for a fun weekend of lively conver-

sation too.

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nauticaljohn

Curt, your report looks pretty lonely on here.

-First of all, thanks for a fantastic trip again. The hospitality and fishing knowledge is really appreciated by us folks from the cities to the south.

-Matt was very impressed with LOTW, and it was a nice way to send him off to the service.

-The Lump and I could not find the fish on Monday. Or they wouldn't bite I guess. The conditions had changed and the water was very dirty in the Gap.

-Hope you do well on your trip north.

Thanks again.

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    • Borch
      It usually pays off finding your own fish.   Nice report.
    • Borch
      Welcome to the forum.  Lots of good options already given.  Have some fun!
    • ozzie
      The fish are out there and they go hot and cold on the bite but they are catchable!  Anytime you can get the kids out fishing is worth it in my opinion!  Take them up and wet a line is about the only way you will find out if they can catch anything or not.  The main thing to look for before going to Red is the week leading up to the date you plan on fishing is to watch the wind speed and direction.  If blowing from the west for a few days the water stirs up and gets hard to fish. 
    • ANYFISH2
      Welcome TheEyesofanAngler! A ton of good bass lakes around the area.  For numbers of 2 to 4 lb bass, the eastern Todd County lakes near Burtrum and NW Morrison county are hard to beat as well.
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      Good job guys!
    • YellowFinRed
      Have only been out a couple of times now but did get a 5.5 lb walleye my first 10 minutes out in 16 feet of water. Lots of fish in the 16-20 feet range. No jumping in the boat but catching fish on the mid lake areas. I'll be darned if I'll sit under a bridge with other boats when you can catch fish out on the lake without others boaters around.
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    • DonkeyHodey
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    • Wanderer
      Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. 😎
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