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wondering if anyone has been down to try it lately. was going to try it this week but the water is really high. don't know if i can fish it when it is this high.

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I'm waiting for the water to drop. The river will be back to normal levels very quickly as long as we don't get anymore heavy rain. It looks like by early next week the river in Grand Forks will be good...I've had some good experiences fishing high water on the Red River, but for me it's just easier to wait another week.

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Yep, what Catmanlee said. I've not seen a reason to put the boat in since we had the big drenching. I may wait until after spawn to bother trying again. That's one of my favorite times of year to fish cats- a week or two after spawn when they're hungry and aggressive.

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So when is that going to be Scoot? What temp do kitties spawn and what is the river temp now? Thanks

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Now that the water is back in it's banks, and the temps on the rise...they will get with it rather quickly.

They will now have the confidence to stake out and hold nesting sites and get down to business.

It will likely spread out over the next 40 days due to colder than average water temps. Yet the turbid water will heat up fast if the sun stays out. Dark water heats up quickly.

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Yep, like Ed said- it'll spread primarily from South to North across the Valley (and beyond). It's a tough deal to nail down, but I'd guess it'll happen pretty soon here and be done by early to mid July (big time guessing there though). However, you have to sort of let the fish tell you what's going on by their location and willingness to bite. When all/most of the big females disappear and won't bite, it's because they're doing other things...

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hey have a question for you guys what is the best way that you have found to catch goldeneyes. just been using a jig and worm seems to work best for me. just wondering if they bite a different way better.

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Yep, slip bobber and crawlers for me too. I float them around timber and current break lines and can usually find goldeyes in pretty short order.

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Tiny cranks like the Bitsy, tiny YoZoros, or the smallest size Husky jerk-bait can be a hoot for active Mooneye.

A longer crappie rod rigged with 4# line or 1/8 Power Pro works well for this because they hit hard and jump like trout. The cranks run just under the surface so they feed up. The Salmo #3 Hornet is a killer on them...but darn hard to find.

Casting the #3 and #4 Chubby Darter works too. wink

This works best were minnows are plentiful, like near street drains or dams with slow to moderate flow.

It a blast!

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thanks for the info guys will help out. another question has anyone ever eaten those fresh water drums or sheeps heads they look like they would be tasty?

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The Wild Rice is producing good numbers of catfish at this time.

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thanks for the info guys will help out. another question has anyone ever eaten those fresh water drums or sheeps heads they look like they would be tasty?
they are a freshwater cousin of the redfish, which is considered great table fare down south. I can't imagine it would taste that different. It would probably be great cajun style, blackened on the grill.
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I've heard they are absolutely full of bones, but I have to admit- I've never tried 'em.

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I was out today for an hour and caught 5 cats. two that were 29" the other 3 were smaller.

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well i'm going to go try the river today if i catch one of them i will let you guys know how they taste. can't be any worse than other stuff i'v eaten

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We eat the sheephead / Drum fish all the time when we go to Red Lake they taste very good. Just make sure you don't eat the belly meat that is where they taste pretty fishy. Cook them up in some Cajun Shore Lunch and they taste just as good as as any other fish.

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Also the sheephead don't have lots of bones just fillet them out and remove the rib bones just like a walleye.

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I've said it before and I will say it again! Roll it in shorelunch and drop it in 400 degree grease for a few minutes and I'm sure turd would probably taste pretty good, but I'm no about to try it. grin

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sound good guys thanks for the info, been to the river once in the last couple of weeks and the big cats just don't seem to be interested.

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My impression is that they're in spawn mode pretty good right now. With the high temps that have been here and are coming back soon, I'd guess the spawn will be done in a week or 10 days and they're put on the feedbags after that.

Ed, does this jibe with your impressions? Ed, did you get one of those cool Twins camo hats that Gander sponsored? If yes, we should talk...

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I concur, spawn is effecting the bite fairly dramatically right now. I wouldn't book a trip for a while except for baby's and eaters.

Cool GM Twinks hats....Ah..had a couple of them..but not anymore...sorry Scoot. If I find one I'll get one to you.

They are not in wide circulation, may be kinda tough to get.

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