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With the current weather, the water level in the Red, and the forecast this week... I give up. I've been waiting with much anticipation but I'm afraid that this rain over the past two days has pretty much sealed the deal that we won't be catching any spring walleye on the Red. I don't know what the water temp is on the Red right now (but I'd love to- hint, hint) but I'm thinking that it'll be warm enough to spawn out the ladies before we can get down to do anything about it. Uuuuuugh!
Top that off with the fact that my fiance just informed me that "we have plans" next weekend- opener weekend- and I'm not a happy camper.
Apparently this has become my "piss and moan" page because that's all I seem to do here lately. The Red has not been very welcoming this year so far though. I'm still looking forward to wetting a line in her murky waters, but it may be June before we can actually do that!

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Conditions are poor all over the mid to lower Red but this will pass. No boat landings in the Fargo region were open or usable, most shore areas are closed or too muddy also. I seen not one angler all weekend in the F/M area.

It's a bummer for sure but we have other opportunities in the region and it is a good time to look to them.

Boat ramps and shore fishing areas are open in the Wahpeton area with the river falling, a better shot for now, or try the SD/MN spot I mentioned Scoot, White Rock Dam.

[This message has been edited by Backwater Eddy (edited 05-07-2001).]

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Hi Guys,

I live right on the Red here in FM 4 stories up. The MHD high rise across from Oak Grove. West exposure too.

It's dropping but will be a while yet. I normaly fish just below here on the Fgo side but the walk bridge collapsed.
So much for that. I'll catch my goldeye for bait here and then hit the No. dam when accessible.

I'll post my info on the board as the first thing I see in the Morning is the Red.

Keep the faith Guys. It won't be long.


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Hey guys it's going to be tough but we're going to give the Red a go this Saturday (Selkirk area). Access is a bit tough for boaters but we can always shore fish....we've got some different laws regarding egress up north here and getting to/and using the shore the river is not generally as big a problem as I've read/heard you have down south (I read the horror stories posted here that you fellows are having to gain access to rivers/dams etc. ... wow!). I've got a feeling we're going to have a tough time locating bunches of fish as the Red up here is moving a whole lot of water. I suspect the cats will still be hunkered down and not moving as much as they normally do at this time of the year. I'll report in to let you folks know how it's up here ...

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