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I have never fished the red river before, and would like some info. Where's a good place near, or in fargo to put in that's pretty easy water for a 16ft deep v? Not looking for the biggest cats in the river, just enough of them to have some fun. thanks in advance for any info. Scott

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Ed could give you the best advise but Johnson Park in Moorhead just North of the beetplant is probably a good spot. No dams to worry about and a fairly nice swing around and parking. Lots of the out of staters launch there when they come up for the cats.

The gate is allways open unless flooded and should be no problem now.

Good luck!


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North of town from MBJ Park is a good bet, as is South from the Mid-Town Dam. The stretch South from Mid-Town to the South Dam is an easy run, and offers some good fishing. Few danger spots as most of the channel is 10' or better right now. A lot of it is 12-15' at this time. Just stay out of the drift line where the clutter fallows the channel and your going to be cool. Keep your speed down and your eyes open and to the front.

Under speed 99.9% of the time on a river, by the time your electronics see's a thumper, you just hit it. So your eyes are your biggest asset. Good polarized shades really help pick out problem areas before you hit them.

Start fishing shallow and work deeper as you approach mid day. In the heat of the day try shady flats on the inside of bends if it get really toasty out there. They may be in 3-8' especially focus near flooded grass runs.

Good fish'n!

Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson

Backwater Guiding "ED on the RED"

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Thanks alot you guys, I plan on spending a weekend with my brother there real soon. We have a fly in Canada trip set for the first week in Aug. Hopefully we can hit the river before that. Thanks again for the advice. P.S. just in case you are wondering my kid nicknamed me boodee when he was 2years old and it kinda stuck. Scott

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