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Red & Red Lake river reports.


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WEll the days are getting shorter and nights cooler. The cats are still on the bite and doing well in both rivers.

The Walleye and Pike are now moving in and are more abundent. Start fishing the mouths of streams into the rivers and below the dams for them Walleyes.

We have been hooking up to some nice ones in Crookston here and in EGF. Fishing along the riprap with suckers on jigs or crank baits. Even the cats are hitting on cranks now too. They are still deep but are moving in closer to the shores looking for bait fish and frogs.

The RedLake river is almost to a stand still now. Levels are very low and full of fish. The dam has been very good as of late for many fish. The hospital side along the riprap has been very good in about 12 feet of water. If you are able to get a small boat in there you can sit in the middle taking advantage of the hole and fish the edges.

Many are fishing off the sand bar and doing well also for cats, bass, and eyes.

Ice fishing this year on the Redlake will be very interesting if the water says this low. It may cause some winter kill with the freeze or cause the fish to bunch up in the few holes there are and will be good fishing. Time will tell.

River levels for Redlake river.
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Red River levels.
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Keep the bait fresh and props out of the sand.........

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Wiskers Guiding Service
Red River & Minnesota RIver Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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  • 3 weeks later...

Well I went out tonight to give it a go and I ended up with the biggest walleye of my life! It was a 31" monster. I was pumped.

Thank god my buddy showed up right in time to snap a quick picture or else I would have been stuck with a big fish story. If she would have been a little fatter and maybe not so beat up I think I would have had to put her on the wall being that my wall is still empty. Its probably better off this way.

I caught her on the Red Lake River in Crookston at the dam. We also ended up with a few cats, nothing too big though. Well I thought I would just do a little bragging. Everyone take it easy and good luck.

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Ryan Timmer
Warroad and Crookston, MN

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Awesome job.. I keep telling people that the Pig walleyes are in here in the fall evey year.. I was worried about the rock dam keeping them from getting in here but I see a few have made the trip..

31" that had to be around 10-11#... I bet that will get you going back for another try....I got two calls this morning already from fellas that want to get in there to find one for the books..

What were you useing when you got that one? Was it on the hospital side?

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Red River & Minnesota RIver Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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Timdogg.. well if you move down the bank a little bit.. look for some cement that has been made into chairs past that small tree laying on the cement.. that is the best place... crank baits or just a cat rig with small suckers... works every year..

Hope to see you down there some time.. heck give me a ring next time you head down there..

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Red River & Minnesota RIver Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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Yeah I will do that for sure. I will probably give it a try some time this weekend. I would really like to meet you and pick your brain a little. Hopefully I'll see ya soon. Later.

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Ryan Timmer
Warroad and Crookston, MN

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I was standing on the dry part of the dam on the hospital side. I was using a little blue and white reef runner crankbait.

I was only down there for a couple hours, but I didnt get any other eyes. I was thinking about going down there last night, but I didnt feel like getting wet. I will probably make it down there sometime soon. Hopefully this weekend.

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Warroad and Crookston, MN

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Wiskers:

I think I saw you at the dam on sunday. I was the one with the waders and yellow sweatshirt. Fishing was pretty slow for me. I think i'm gonna give her a go tonight. We should definitely go fishing together sometime. Well, take it easy and good fishing.

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Ryan Timmer
Warroad and Crookston, MN

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Hows fishin in Crookston been lately?? Thinking of heading over there with the roommate this weekend potentially.

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I went out last night too and found similar results to Ed's. Natta! I was gonna make it over to the south dam to meet Fisherdog, but it got late so I hit a couple spots on a trib next to my brother's place. Frogs and cranks did nothing for me.
Fisherdog, what's your report for the evening?
Scoot

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I went out last night in Crookston and had the same results as you fellas. Nothing. I blame it all on the fish. I did however see some really nice bucks while driving around.

Good fishing.

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Warroad and Crookston, MN

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Well I have been out in Crookston since last thurs every evening.. I have been getting walleyes and saugers and some cats.

fishing in the wihte water below the dam with lead jigs and green or yellow tails.. some times tiped with chubs.. biggest this week is 6.3#. can send pics. If I could figure how to post them I would LOL LOL...

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Red River & Minnesota RIver Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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Ya pretty crappy weather today so I broke the 7 day fishing streak... Good day to just be lazy..

But as soon at that wind lets up and stops the drizzel Im back at it again looking for them Walleyes..... they dont seem to be moving in to the shallows as of yet I see... pretty soon I bet.

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