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Fathom

Feb. 3rd Trip

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Fathom

I have a buddy coming in from Seattle that loves to fish. I am thinking about taking him up to Red to try and get some good fishing action. I had thought about looking into renting a sleeper but not sure if I will make up my mind in time to make a reservation plus we are planning on making the Park Rapids fishing derby the next day. (also thought about checking into a guided trip for the day)

I've only been on Red once before and am looking for any advice on making it a successful trip. The fishing reports everyone has posted so far are kind of giving me a good idea of what to do but I have a few questions as well.

How easy is it to get around on the lake with a truck? I know snow is in the forecast so will that make it more difficult?

How far out do most people travel to find the fish? We will probably target walleyes unless other action is better. Should we be targeting other species at that time? If we could put a fat northern on the ice or find some crappie action that would be great.

Thanks for all the great info already posted on this site, any other insight would be a great help.

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