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Sounds like a great time. I am getting the fever to get my boat out, I will be getting it out of storage next weekend. Then I need to send in the prop for repair. I cant wait.

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Looking at the boat sitting under a roof in the middle of a (muddy is a major understatement) very mushy cow pasture...decided to give it a week before i attempt it. Traveled down that road a few years back just a wee bit early to check a trail cam and im lucky i got back.. shocked This weather is a tease tho!

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My son went fishing on the river today and claims to have popped a big Flattie - he's the catfishing kid, not me. I was working and he calls me all whipped up. He said "Dad, I brought along a glove just in case, and after this huge fight, I got the cat in some shallow sand, grabbed it's lower jaw and dragged him in." He claims it went up near the 2nd eye of his casting rod (with a long grips) - so it must have been large.

Darn kids - now he's all jacked up about cattin - but I ain't puttin' my Pro Tourny in the river, that's for sure.

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Yeah the river can get hairy at time but proceed with caution and you'll be alright. The Warrior had to "battle" through some major ice yesterday but it's no worse for the wear!

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Yeah sounds like you guys got into some fish. So whats the lures that are mostly used out there river fishing?

I hear about hair jigs and maribou jigs. Is that all or are there others? What type of bait are guys useing? Any info would be great! Its been 11 years since i fished the sippi and I and another guy are heading out there next weekend and the 28th for the gtg.

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Jig's and minnows, jigs and plastics like ringworms or paddle tails, blade baits, cranks behind bottom bouncer's, river rig's, etc., etc.

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these ringworms you speak of how long are they? Are the ringworms made by berkley? What colors of jigs and plastics do the fish like best? I would asume that brighter colors would work best because of the mudier water in the river.

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Green jigs where best but there is a lead/glitter color that you can get at Evert's that I like as well. Ringworms are about 6" long kinda resemble a long twister tail type plastic.

All the baitshops in the Redwing area have great selections of ringies.

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The river is a awsome place to fish. Can be challenging at times and rewarding also. I fish the river pool 4 quite a bit. Nice crappie guys. The ones I caught last year ran between 12-16" that pretty much avg size on the old river. I can't wait till the ice is off pepin go after the big pig walleys.

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
    • leech~~
      No can see?  
    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
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