• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
fiskyknut

Drayton and HWY175 area reports

Recommended Posts

fiskyknut

WOW says it all, the fishing around Drayton is about as hot as this terrible hot weather. The BIG Cats are on the bite really good around Drayton this past week. With the low water the bigger fish seem piled in the deeper holes, especially the deep holes with a Mussel bar upstream. They are very active and feeding bigtime early and late in the day. Getting lot's of fish on cutbaits but it seems frogs have gotten the majority of the bigger fish the past couple trips. Shiners are showing up near the dam and the Sauger should soon follow. Lot's of Pike being caught near the dam as of late also.

Around the HWY175 access the fishing has been very good for numbers of small to medium sized fish, but I'm not seeing quite the numbers of larger fish I usually see in this area this summer it seems? Was out in the boat and did okay fishing some deeper holes evening hours. Also spent an evening/nite shorefishing 4pm till about 1am. We fished a run that is a big series of Mussel beds/bars and did well till about 7pm or so then it died till about 10:30 or so, then we had a flury of action with nicer fish till midnite and then it again died. Folks right down from us released a 37 and a 38 during this nite time flury. We did'nt get anything over about 15 pounds or so, but we get alot of nice fish when they turned on after dark.

We must of had a very successfull Catfish spawn last year, as I'm catching a ton of puny little Catfish while fishing for bait. Many more than I remember catching in years past, and they seem to be everywhere!

I can't wait till September....the nites get cooler and the fishing gets better! Hope the water stays low thru the fall this year, been pretty easy fishing that's for sure!

Regards....fiskyknut

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wiskers

Hey I am heading up there for the first time this year.. I know I know what have I been waiting for but its been crazy...

How are the landings and where is the best to land?

Im going this week. Anyone going to be there this week?

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

218-280-0442

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Ramp above dam in Drayton has been redone and is no problem.

Ramp below Drayton dam is steep as usual.... no problem as long as you're not launching anything huge! A little mud and a bit slippery if other boats have pulled out right before you do, this should'nt be the case on a weekday. Rarely on a weekend for that matter.

Ramp at HWY175 has a bit of mud at the base but was no problem.

These access's at this time are about as clear/clean as they'll ever be! Should'nt have a problem with any of them.

I'll be out that way Friday for sure, maybe tomorrow nite. Got to hit the pond once over the weekend though as I have'nt eaten any fresh Walleye in over a week now! Had Catfish, Hushpuppies, potatoes and coleslaw last nite....Yummy!

Apparently Catfish Haven has reopened also.

Have fun....fiskyknut

[This message has been edited by fiskyknut (edited 08-20-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wiskers

Thank you much sir.

Im off for Drayton now. If you get this message soon. give me a call on cell.

Need a bit of info from ya before I get there.


Summos beware.......

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

218-280-0442

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Well I'd call but we use phone cards vs. long distance carrier as it's cheaper. Wife has new card in her purse, and the one I just tried here a bit ago at home is all used up.

Sorry....Fisky

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wiskers

Thats ok, I just wanted to know about the water levels above and below the dam.. wow that water is low below the dam... I guess I should have went above the dam with my big boat... average was about 2 feet..little low for my 115 hp.

Will have to try above next time. got some good cats though.

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

218-280-0442

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Wiskers this link will come in very handy.

Links Related to the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources, and North Dakota. http://nd.water.usgs.gov/index/relatedlinks.html

From here you can get detailed info on levels and compare them to known situation by photo. I set a danger level that each section of the Red will effect me. That way I can reference them quickly before a trip and change plans accordingly if need be.

It will save you big $$$$ in time, and repair bills.

Hope this proves to be of help.

------------------
Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson

Backwater Guiding "ED on the RED"
701-281-2300
[email protected]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Fishing this past weekend near 175 was a bit slower than the trips prior. We got 4 fish around 14-18 pounds or so. First one came on a big live minnow 5 minutes after setting baits at around 4pm or so. The other 3 nice ones all came after dark between 10 and 11:30, and all on frogs. Had a bit of action on eating size fish thru the afternoon till about 8 or so and then they quit, these smaller ones were taking different cutbaits pretty well and we caught around 14 or 15 or so that were in the 2-5 pound range. Seems the small pecking catfish that were so thick the week before have moved from this hole to greener pastures. Water had dropped close to about another foot since the week prior.

Got out near Ponemah last nite for a short while, decent fishing up here. We got around a dozen Catfish in 3 hours, no big ones though, these were all 5 to about 12 pounds or so. Lost one very large fish at the shoreline as well {forgot net and steep bank!}. Cuts and Frogs were about equal in fish caught. Released a large Walleye that took a chunk of fresh Goldeye too.

Saw a little bit of rain the last couple of nites, Hopefully we'll get more soon.

Regards....Fisky

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Heading up in the morning. I guess I'll drag the boat along, and maybe bounce it along the bottom below the dam. Hopefully the water's a little deeper up at hwy 175. Never fished up there. My fishin' buddy decided he'd rather stay home than drive five hours with no AC, so I'm probably flying solo this weekend.

[This message has been edited by scubohuntr (edited 09-06-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

If anybody's going fishing at Drayton, leave your boat at home unless you have an airboat or some kind of skinny water specialty rig. The water is down three feet from where it was a month ago. The current at the base of the ramp (and I do mean the BASE of the ramp) ought to have white-water rafters on it. There's enough water to launch a boat above the dam, but nobody's fishing up there. I tried for a while last night with no luck. Below the dam, it looked like the Columbia river at steelhead time. There must have been forty people fishing. There was a guy across the river that claimed to have caught seven over twenty pounds Sat. afternoon. I know I didn't cheat him out of any. I finally found a spot that had been vacated by a group of anglers of Latin descent, who kindly left all their trash behind. I carried out what I could when I left, but there was still a lot of cans and stuff there. Between the circus atmosphere and my own inability to catch a single goldeye (had to go to town and buy frozen ones, the SHAME!) I managed to catch five cats last night and this morning. Biggest was a little over nine pounds, the smallest was five even. Both the smallest fish were caught on frogs, the rest on mooshy old frozen cutbait.
[This message has been edited by scubohuntr (edited 09-07-2003).]

[This message has been edited by scubohuntr (edited 09-09-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • monstermoose78
      How is it going today 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Carp30, Vermilion is starting into the fall transition period now that the water is cooling down. The bite can be either great or tough during this period. Yesterday we caught walleyes as deep as 44' and as shallow as 10'! Location and time of day is the key! We caught walleyes deep using short snell Lindy rigs,( 2 ft.), with minnows, The shallow walleyes hit best on the same rigs using 1/2 crawler. Sand and rock mix or transitions are the key areas right now. Necked down areas that have deep water and adjacent sand flats are almost always good now. Cliff
    • Bigfatbert
      If  my memory serves me correctly , yes you can . I believe that we were able to safely walk a 16ft boat through the short stretch of current . When we did this it was warm part of summer and we were in shorts and just had a pair of tennis shoes on when we walked the boat up stream which was about a 30 yard or so pull .Now if you would attempt this during colder weather like now , I’m sure a pair of knee length rubber boots would be sufficient . Very beautiful clear water with awesome scenery . Walleye , Smallmouth , and Lakers . 
    • JBMasterAngler
      Has anyone fished North Lake before? Lakefinder says there’s a navigable waterway there via Gunflint Lake. However, the map shows rapids in between Little Gunflint and Little North, with a short portage. Just wondering if I could get a boat in there. 
    • JBMasterAngler
      I’ll be the odd man out...saganaga.
    • ANYFISH2
      Have got out 3 evenings so far.  Seeing deer only one of those evenings.  4 deer Monday evening with a fawn buck and a small 1 and half old buck coming within range.   Woods and fields are changing fast.
    • pikeandchester
      Good opener on the water in the Mankato area. 3 wood ducks and 2 geese. Little guy’s first opener, we left at 10:00 and he wanted to stay longer than I did! 
    • curt quesnell
      Easy fast fishing these days. Check out the latest from NCOR Guide Service.   https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2232660840142436&id=770784022996799
    • monstermoose78
      As many of the other dog owners told me the third hunting season is when it comes together for lots of dogs. Finn did much better today and he got to watch a veteran dog again. I am excited to keep getting finn out hunting 
    • monstermoose78
      We got two ducks. We should had more but it was fun shooting. I need to keep my face on my stock. I had pass on many birds as another group moved in on top of us. I had 5 woodies locked up and I drew a bead and I saw the other guys faces. No shot as i would killed them or wounded them. They knew we there but did not seem to care.