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Wiskers

Well it's been a while since we have seen rain up here in the Crookston area. The rivers are way down but the water run off into the rivers is almoast nonexistant.

This is allowing the sand in the rivers to settle thus increasing the visibility in the waters. The RedLake river here is getting quite clear, meaning that we have more options for bait. We have been doing quite well using crank baits and jigs for Walleye and pike and Bass.

The Red River is however still silty but the cats are still there. With the low water levels you should be searching the holes and deep snags. We have been doing good in the deep holes being some fish are searching for the cooler water.

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Wiskers Guiding Service
Red River & Minnesota RIver Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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What are the boat ramps like now in the GF and East GF area as of today?

Will they be a problem come this Sunday if the river falls even more?

If you have any new reports on the condition of the ramps please post or e-mail it to me.

Thanks,

Ed

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Backwater Guiding "ED on the RED"
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here's my report: landing e gf good shape;
thurs. pm 1-12 1/2lb cr, 1-5lb, 3-3lb;
friday am 1-1 1/2lb, 1-3lb, 1-4lb.
the hatch was heavy and messy on way back,
lots of deadheads (good we had the BIG light).
would like to do it again but with one of you guides further down river.
thanks again for info.
drowned minnow

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Wiskers

Yeppers the ramps are still pretty good. The East Grand ramp by Cabelas is getting a little narrow due to mud at the rivers edge but still very useable.

The north ramp is still ok also but stay in the middle of the ramp when exiting. there is still a large rock or stump off to the north which is to the left when looking at the river from shore.

Cats are still on the bite but a bit slower than usual but they are still there. Thursday we had one on that was the biggest I have had on, on the Red. It got in the anchor rope because the client could not pull it off the bottom. Wish we could have seen that one.

On a calm day no problem, with wind the water surface is choppy and you can not see dead heads as well so be carful. Many are just now surfacing that we had no idea were there before. I bumped a few myself.

The RedLake river however is very low. No boating there unless you carry a small boat over the dike in the dam then hang on to your rod.

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Red River & Minnesota RIver Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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218-280-0442

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Timdogg

I fished at the dam in Crookston last week and my girlfriend and I did great. We caught about 5 cats that went about 10 pounds and one that had to be at least 15. I am now officailly hooked and I think she is too. I just had a few questions- we used goldeye, but at times they were hard to catch. I was wondering what the best bait, rigging, depth, parts of river, etc. are to catch them and if they freeze well and if they still work as good if frozen then thawed out. Any info. would be great. Also does anyone know where I could get a nice little boat that would go well on a 25h motor. I have the motor, but no boat to put it onto. Nothing too fancy just something simple that would work on the river. Thanks again.

Ryan

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Yup, they could use a backhoe in there and clean out the shoot, but I seen and used far worse. It would be a good time to bug the park folks to clean it out when it is low.

We did well today. Several #20 class cats, bunch of #8-15's, a limit of eaters for the pan (18-20"}.

Kinda HOT though, Uffff-Da! They can turn down the thermostat any time now I think. Good thing we had a wind or it wold have been one mean cooker out there.

Frogs and fresh cut Mooneye were the best, about even no big preference. They did not take the suckers very well at all. The bigger cats were in well defined areas and keen on big cuts of fresh Mooneye.

We covered about 25 miles of water, mostly to the South of the Cabela's ramp.

Thanks for the report on the conditions guys!

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Backwater Guiding "ED on the RED"
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Wiskers

Timdogg:

Well first off that is the best place to fish so far near the dam. I was out last night fishing from shore on the hospital side in that corner. Much less snags than off the dam. suckers are not working very well lately. gold eye and steak are #1.

Are you using a slip sinker? Best rigging is put on a no roll sinker, 2-3oz. then a plastic beed then your snap swivel. then tie on a mono leader, # depending on your main line test#. I run 50# Tuff line with 25-30# mono leaders and a good off set hook or a circle hook.

Yes they freeze well as long as you dont keep them too long in the freezer. Your best bet is to clean up the fish then put salt on them over night then rince them off and freeze.

As for boats, if your from aroung here, call Eugene Wavra out of Redlake falls MN. 218-253-2236. that man can find you any thing I swear. He is an awesome fella and has great deals on used boats, trailers, motors and such. Tell him Rusty sent you.

Good luck and hope to see you down there some time.

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Red River & Minnesota RIver Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

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Thanks Wiskers:

That is pretty much the same set up I was using. You are right though, there are alot of snags on the other side of the dam, I have spent a few bucks on that big tree that is straight downriver from the dam. It really sucks too, cause I had to cast over the tree to get to where the big boys were and when I would reel in, with or without a fish I would get hung up. Maybe when I get a boat all my problems will be solved.

How do you get down to the other side, do you just park at the hospital and walk down? I didn't know if that was all private land or what and I didn't want to get in any trouble.

I'm pretty bummed right now cause I won't be able to make it down there till at least next monday, probably later. I go to the college there in Crookston but spend my summers up here in Warroad.

Oh well, I guess I can work and make up some of the money I spent on tackle that is now property of the river.

I will definitly give Eugene a call. Is that the number to his business or is he just a man who can find stuff?

Thanks again for your info., hopefully I will see you down there and I can pick your brain in person and maybe even catch a few fish.

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A low water pattern I will share with you all is what I call "Lone'r Stump'n". When low water events hit fast and hard in late summer cats will head for mid-river snags, often more then shore oriented snags. The bigger channels in particular like these loner islands of structure, especially on long sparsely covered river runs.

The sumo cats concentrate on these available ports of security in the heat of the day. Well worth hunting for, and hitting.
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Don't just blow by them loner's, be sure to check them out for 10 min or so, then move to the next.

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Backwater Guiding "ED on the RED"
701-281-2300
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Wiskers

Timdogg:

That hospital side one can get to from the parking lot or just park on that roadstraight up from it. Many people go there and climb down that bank. The owners are pretty good about it. The easyiest access is by the dam and walk along the rocks into that corner.

That number for Eugene is his home. He works out of his home. He has all sorts of boats and motors. He is retired and just does that at home. You will not ever find a nicer fella. Better be ready for a cup of coffee or pop if you go there though.

Ed: Them middle river snags are starting to heat up on the Red up here also. Good point.

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Red River & Minnesota RIver Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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