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jlm

I grew up fishing the Red and Red Lake Rivers but I only targeted certain fish. I have never targeted crappies in these waters. Are there fishable populations anywhere from Crookston to Grand Forks?

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Scoot

I've fished the Red Lake River since 1976. It's all I fished starting around age five. I'd never caught a crappie until two summers ago. Apparently there are a number of fishable areas when the crappies find slack water for spawning. However, once that is done, it's really, really tough. I stumbled into a school of them last summer and had a hoot. However, I doubt very seriously that one could target them and find 'em in fishable numbers.
You may hear from others more encouraging info that I offer regarding crappies. Once the water cools down, the fishing will get really good for cats. Yeehaa, there is some awesome cattin' waters round the area you're asking about.
Good luck if you do try.
Scoot

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jlm

Oh, I know, I have fished those waters for many years, especially the RLR. It has some of the finest smallie fishing in the state in my opinion...some real lunkers and it is way underfished. Pretty darn good for cats to! I was just curious about the craps, I never caught one either but I hear they are there. If you can find them I would imagine the trophy potential is real good. I heard some target craps near bride pillars. Hmmm might try it some time! Good luck with the cats!

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Steve Foss

There are crappies below the dam in Thief River Falls and Crookston, and the last couple years we'd started catching them below the Point dam in East Grand Forks. Minnow/slip bobber or jig/minnow.

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