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Ive been a reader of this site for a while now, never posted though. I just have a couple of questions. I have fished the red in fargo 5 times in the last two weeks but have yet to catch a single thing. Ive tried everything. Anybody been catchin anything and if so where and how? Ive fished the north dam in moorhead but i am interested in the oxbow and christine dams. Does anyone know if you can get to the christine dam or do you have to ask permission. I went to the oxbow dam but the shoreline is just to rough to fish, is there any way to get there from the minnesota side. Thanks in advance for any help and I would like to compliment whiskers and everybody who helps run this great site!!!!

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BCM, I've been snooping too and I've had the same luck as you. It's still a little early, but stick to it and things will get going pretty soon. As soon as the ice is gone I'll be putting my boat in and hitting the deepest holes down from the dams and other traditional spring spots. I'd imagine the fish will move up to their spring hide outs in the next week or two, barring a major weather change. A little rain might delay things a little bit, but probably would be a good thing given the overall low water conditions (even though all the rivers are rising right now). I don't want to see river levels as low as they have been the last couple years- no fun!
Christine- need permission on the ND side. I don't think you can access it anymore on the MN side. Used to be able to, but last I heard the MN side is "No Trespassing" these days.
Keep at it- you'll be happy you did.

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Scoot

So I got dat goin’ for me… which is nice.

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Hey Bigcatman.. justs be patient, the fish will come.. LOL LOL.. That is soooo easy to say isn't it.. I hear ya.. Im on that same page every year.. This last month between ice fishing and open water is torture on us all..

Just keep plugging away.. When the waters settle down and the fish start to feed it will all be worth it...

Nice to see you with us CAT.

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

218-280-0442

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Thanks for the support guys! I see open water and I start drooling. Cant wait to feel a monster cat on the end of my line!

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