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Walleye "On" @ Red River North


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Don't have much time to relate everything, but things are really good on the Red (north). There is some vehicular traffic (nuts)but most good spots are accessible via quad/sled/foot etc. Jigs, minnows, and the classic structural elements are holding monsters right now....eg. 7 fish 7-13.5 # in one outing---GOOD. I'm off for whitefish tomorrow on another Manitoban lake. Happy holidays and best of luck with those greenbacks!

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Dan Kiazyk
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Sorry Ed but I've been very busy on the river and hence no free time at the moment to fish with you frown.gif . Fishing is good smile.gif and if the weather were to cooperate a little it might also be a little more pleasant (we're in a bit of a cold snap). Fish have set up a bit deeper over the past two days >15ft. and are starting to become a bit more lethargic ---- sort of sounds like a cold front in the summer eh! I've had my best luck with large salted shiners on a rattle jig (blue/white) set up. Others I 've had out have done very well on prop. style jig (3/8 oz.green/chart)with a large live chub. I really like that "Kerchunk" feeling we've been getting the past week or so and hope it'll continue a bit longer. Maybe we'll see some of you folks out the next week or so.... if not good luck and best wishes for the New Year!

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Dan Kiazyk
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Things are going quite well for this time of year. If the weather holds we're in line for one of our best winter seasons we've had in a while --- but I'm just a youngin' eh! But seriously, the walleye bite has been good am and pm along breaks, humps and the odd rock pile. Saugers seem to be going most of the day. Shiners have been just as good as live bait and the jig reigns supreme(in all the typical Red River color combos - green/charts/orange/charts/blue/white silver/gold. Mobility is also a significant tactic to solving the winter walleye puzzle at this time of year. However, if a low pulls in or if it goes really cold in a hurry the bite will slow a bit, but that's why they call it fishing (and not catching)!). Get out and wet a line. The seasons a bit to long to just sit there....

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Dan Kiazyk
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    • rundrave
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