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Upper Red Lake Fishing Reports by Cookie


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Ditto that monstermoose78. I have been wondering why there has not been much activity here. Planning a day trip with a buddy and our portables next week. Will be sure to post a report if we make it up there. 

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Another season of big game fishing has came to a end. Its never been easy for me to call it a season as I really have loved  working on the lake. This year because of my car accident I did not get to

Well I have dropped the ball with my winter fishing reports. Nov 19th I dozed off while driving and crashed my car. I over corrected when I hit the shoulder and that's about the last thing I remember

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As long as I'm here. I wouldn't mind any ice reports about getting around on the lake. I know some snow is coming this week, but if I have a small 4 wheel drive pick-up with snows, can I get around ok? Plan on going out Hillman's road about 4 miles if I can. Did the lake break up during freeze up and leave shards? Is there any slush? This will be my first time up there this year and there hasn't been a lot of info here. Thanks!

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I went out if Hillman's on dec 19. Yea it broke up several times. There was little to no snow then and it looked spooky. We took wheelers out at that point but my buddy has been there twice since and pulled his castle out with his truck both times. 

 

Between Hillman's and cookie as the reports read there trying there best to get decent roads.

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Haven't been up there in the last 10 days but at that time we were sitting on 15". Driving off the plowed road was no issue at all. We still avoided the big drifts obviously but it wasn't bad. The first mile and a half were ROUGH ice. Must have froze while the wind was whipping. As far as the bite goes, the dead-stick defiantly was better. Plain red hook set from 6in to 2ft of the bottom tipped with either fathead or rainbow. Smaller minnows did better for sure. When they did hit the jigging presentation we were using the new "Flutter Shaker" from Snyders Lures in hot pink. 

 

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Drove out of Hillman's yesterday with a friend and our portables. The wind made our shelters tough to set up and take down even with our trucks as wind blocks. We were out on the road about 4.8 miles and off-roaded north about 300 yards. We had slush after our holes were drilled. It was a slow morning with some marks but no takers except 2 small northerns. One 18" walleye caught around 1 PM and more marks showing up but that was it. The wind went into high gear and it was hard to keep from tipping over unless you had your body weight in the sled. We gave up around 3 PM and I had my fish trap do a complete flip with me in it during the takedown. At least it was warm with temps in the low 30's after single digits in the early morning.

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