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I do not portray myself as an expert but recent postings on this forum and others have prompted me to make this post. These are things that I did not know when I first came up ice fishing on Red Lake ten years ago but have gradually learned over the years. If I get some flak - so be it.

1. Red is much different then most lakes (especially metro lakes). You are fishing a vast area of mud and although there are inside turns and transition areas, crappies are nomadic and can be anywhere at any time. A strong bite in a particular area on one day does not guarantee that there will be a strong bite in the same area the next day or week. That means you should spread out and not crowd a fellow fisherman or outfitter. People that fish metro lakes are used to seeing a house 20 feet away but that should not happen on Red nor does it need to happen.

2. When fishing gets tough, peoples expectations and experiences can lead to trouble. Always remember why you go fishing and have respect for your fellow fisherman or fisherwoman.

3. The main roads are maintained for the public. That's what your road pass pays for. It also gives you peace of mind if you get into trouble as you know someone will be there to help and although you might not be asked to pay for a jump or a tow, common sense should tell you to do it.

4. Side roads are plowed by various outfitters and although the public can use them, you must use some common sense when travelling on them that you are not blocking the road, fishing on the road, or pulling your house into an area that can cause problems for the said outfitter.

5. Just because you have a spot gps'ed from a previous outing that doesn't mean you can put up a portable or pull in a house that is too close to someone else. What is too close?? To each it is different but I know personally that I get uncomfortable (unless I know and have permission from the other party) when I am less than 50 yards from another house or portable.

6. You might be caught in a storm out on the lake. Be Patient if you are renting from someone or are out in your own house and ride the blow out. Unless there is a medical emergency, the plows will be out as soon as they can when it is safe for you and them to travel. It doesn't make sense for the plows to be out when the road drifts shut 10 minutes after they go through.

The bottom line is be respectful of others and put yourself in the other person's shoes.

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Sandmannd

Very good post shaky. I wouldn't see why you would get any flack for that. That should go for all lakes and not just Red.

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brady_d

What do you mean I can't fish in the middle of the road??? It's so much easier when you don't have to shovel the truck out of the snow drifts!!! grin.gif

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Random guy

BradyD, guessing you found your shack. I put in that little opening then it got hidden behind all the other houses.

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mrklean

Where you saying those should apply to all lakes or just red? I htink it should be all lakes

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brady_d

Yea we found it Jonny and can't thank you and Kelly enough for helping us out this winter. We looked for you guys for a little bit to try and give you a little cash but had to get going to make it home.

Sunday was a very fun day though!! Got up at 4:30 am and got home at 9:00 pm after rounding up all of our houses all over northern MN!! grin.gif

Would've loved to get up there and fish them once more, but a new job and family emergency halted all those plans.

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