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I messed up big time. Manitoba's south region season does NOT open up until Saturday the 15th May. I had earlier been told it was the 2nd saturday of May so that would have been the 8th, well I got a copy of the Regs. yesterday and low and behold it is a general closure from April 1st until May 14th. SORRY big time if I messed up anybodys plans on coming north for the kitties. I guess I owe U a cold one but it will have a be a "Canadian".

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Rusty:

It sure is nice to have every day a weekend now. I will be on the Red between Lockport and Lower Fort Gary on the 15th. Most likely right infront of the floodway. See UUUUU.

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Maybe I should plan that since it looks like I won't be fishing for the first two weeks in MN waters. What a bunch of bull. Sure wish both states would pull their heads out of their you know what and get this thing fixed.

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Ya ... The nice thing about fishing for cats you can fish them all year long on the Red in the states... If you catch other fish while your at it so be it.. they make nice pics.. and you will know they will be there to catch another day.

Pray for summer.............. LOL

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Red River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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I know it totally does not make sense. If they turned cat fishing totally catch and release, it is almost that way now, then what is the problem of any season.

They close the season for spawning and cats do NOT spawn in may and june so what is the problem. It has always been the opener on the 2nd weekend of May but for what ever reason they pulled the 15th out of the hat. I have not been able to speak to anybody from the fisheries about this YET but I will attempt to get their rational. That is one week less cat fishing this year.

I am sure glad I am not trying to make a living off the Red River as this is 7 days less business as well.

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Is it pretty good cattin' up there during opener(May 15th) and also, how much is a nonresident license and where is the most convenient place to get one. Thanks.

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Yes, it is a real problem the opener. You probably will have to soak your arms after the first day for a night just so U will be able to go fishing the next day.

Nonresident (age 16 and over) $30.00 for Conservation and $55.00 for a regular. There is really no reason why anyone would want to purchase a regular licence if they are going to just fish the Red for Cats, Pics or sturgeon. I personally purchase a conservation licence every year. Oh yes, that is $30.00 Canadian so about 18 US. You can purchase the licence right at Cats on the Red at Lockport or most any other fishing store that sell tackle etc. There are several in or around the area.

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Thanks and one more thing, is there any camping spots fairly close to the river. If so, what are the prices or are they free? Thanks again.

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