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cvikes80

Man is it just me or is the red river and red lake river at some seriously lows levels? i havnt seen it that low in years if at all. the EGF dam has a trickle going over it and you could walk across the rip rap on the bottom of it. you can see the bottom as plain as day...does this impact the fish at all? i would think it would with low oxygen levels. i was expecting to see a rise with the recent melt but it hasnt moved..hope it recovers soon.

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Scoot

Yeah, I can't remember levels this low either. I'm hoping the spring walleye fishing doesn't get goofy as a result of it.
Has anyone ventured on river ice in the past couple of days? I've wondered if it got bad fast with what runoff we did have and the warm weather. I'd guess that in "smart spots" things would still be fine, but I'm not sure.
cweb, anyone been down by your place fishing over the weekend? I was thinking about coming down there and giving it a shot. Which house is yours? The one on the left with the gold/tan pickup outside of it or the one on the right? Either way, nice shack! My wife and I were driving around down in your neck of the woods looking at homes today. I'm afraid nothing in our price-range down there right now.
Scoot

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Scoot,
There were a few guys out yesterday evening(Sunday). I haven't made it down there in a week. 2 small 'eyes and a 3 lb Northern for a buddy of mine. All I saw was Goldeyes...kept us busy anyways. When I went home for lunch today, there was 1 truck there. A lot of standing water, I am sure the ice is deteriating fast though. The place with the tan truck is mine.
CWEB

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Scoot,
Whats this I was reading about jerky? You make it out for Spring goose or just get your deer back from the fall? Geese are coming fast and furious now out west. Time to make a trip out there.

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It was venison jerky that I gave Ed. I hunt geese in the fall, but haven't done too much of it in the spring. I dabble a little in March and April, but not much with the geese.
If I make it over there I'll swing in and get you some venison. Would that work for passage to the river?
Scoot

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Not sure if it will get you passage...might get you a cold Bud Light though. smile.gif

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cweb,

Anyone down on the river still? I'd still like to try it, but I'd like to stay on top of the water even more. I've got no desire to take another Red River bath!
Scoot

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cweb,

I swung in yesterday to b.s. and see what kind of shape the river was in. No b.s. to be had as I must have been there before you got home from work, but I got a look at the river. I won't be venturing out there for a while. Looks pretty nasty!
I was hoping to take you up on your venison for bud light offer, but missed ya. Maybe next time.
Scoot

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