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I fished yesterday on the stretch of the Red between Hendrum and Halstad. We put the boat in at the Hendrum boat ramp. (The ramp is not in good shape) We weren't able to catch any goldeye, but we had some shrimp and frozen sucker cutbait so we ended up using that. The catfishing was good (caught one that ws close to 20#). The cats seemed to prefer the shrimp over the frozen sucker cutbait. Bruce

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How were you fishing for the goldeye? I've been having a bit more success lately putting my float stop a little deeper/below --or just above-- to correspond with what I'm seeing on the finder. I've also been using more terrestrials as bait and the goldeye have responded (grasshoppers, crickets-when I can catch 'em and any larger bugs). Minnow heads and of course worms have been working as well. Keep on cattin'!

Dan Kiazyk
Cat Eye Outfitter
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I was using a piece of crawler on a small jig about 2 or 3 feet below a slip bobber. We fished eddy areas behind snags and areas of slower current on river. Someone told me that small minnows will out fish crawlers 4 to 1 but we didn't have any small minnows to try. I have had no problems this year catching goldeye on the Red here in the Fargo area this year using crawlers so thought it wouldn't be a problem catching them up a little farther up north on the river either. Thanks. Bruce

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    • Brianf.
      Saw on MPR that this year had been even warmer than 2012.  If this weather pattern continues, Lake V will be ice out before the March 28th date from 2012. 
    • Dash 1
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    • chucker1101
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    • SkunkedAgain
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