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Slab Crappies, Bull Gills, Jumbo Perch, Nice Eyes


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I spent a day out of the Drake Motel in Blackduck, which is only 30 minutes from Upper Red Lake (Slab Crappie and Monster Pike lake).

First I have to give a big thanks to Mike and Diane, owners of the Drake Motel-Very nice accommodations and a nice trip for slab crappies on a local lake.

Not only do they provide lodging, but if you ask ever so nicely, Mike may even take you to one of the hotspots for Slab Crappies, Bull Gills, Jumbo Perch, or Nice Walleyes on a lake in the Blackduck area. Last year, Mike led many expeditions to tangle with 11"-13" Jumbo perch in the mornings and then up to URL for and afternoon-evening slab crappie hunt on URL.

Mike is getting to know a number of very good lakes in the area, so success is likely to be even better for those who lodge with them. If you're looking for a place to stay,

I highly recommend the Drake...
Can you say VALUE ADDED!!

Click here for more info on the Drake Motel.

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Thanks for the nice post Rick! Mike was able to put some folks onto some good panfish and some small northerns this weekend...even though it snowed lightly for an hour they loved it!

But he (me too, but he's the guide)loves heading out to the lakes with folks, and especially in the winter we go to one or two lakes nearly every day with folks here~~great fun for us. (As he says, it's part of his job to get to know the lakes and go fishing with folks..tough job smile.gif) Now we have to get you back up here to get you into some of those 12"-13" perch like in the pictures in the office!

Thanks again!

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Rick,
I agree with you 100%,very nice accomodations and very friendly people. I was up there the last weekend in September with 5 other guys and had a great time. Even caught some nice fish. If anyone is looking for accomodations up there, the Drake motel is the place!!!!!!
Ode

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Thanks Ode! Hope you, Bob & the gang can make it up this way again! We have met so many really Great folks and have had so much fun talking, swapping fish (and hunting) stories (some are whoppers grin.gif), and fishing with folks...life is good!

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we have also stayed at Drakes and really enjoyed it, great rooms, fish cleaning house, and down to earth prices ,we sure would recommend it, now all we have to do is find time to go fishing with those two.

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Hey Russ and Judy~We're going to have to get together and start out the day on Blackduck for the walleye and huge perch, then to URL for some crappies in the afternoon and then have a huge fish fry (a couple of snap fizzes too? grin.gif)

Can't believe it's almost time for ice~was over by Gull today and the edges looked a bit icy!

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hope to see you this weekend, and to let others know they better get booked into your place soon, theres 5" of ice on red 1 mile out. Im sure the ice is getting good in your secret spots also around Black duck.

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smile.gif I am sitting here on lower Red lake looking out my classroom window and I am looking at open water. I would be a little leary about the ice on this big lake. If the wind comes up you could be swimming.

Woodman

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R & J~Hope you have time to pop in, always love visitin with you folks! We are getting some calls from folks planning their ice fishing trips ahead of time and that's always a good thing smile.gif

Was at Upper Red Tuesday and Jerry at Rogers said that he had measured the ice by his place and it was at 3", haven't had a chance to talk to Hudecs on the north shore yet. DNR says 4" of Solid ice before folks should go out walking on the lake, so not quite yet! Drove by Blackduck today and it looks to be totally frozen over, but haven't had the chance to get out there and check out the actual ice thickness there yet, hope to get some time this weekend to do that and will let everyone know!

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I was on the east side of Blackduck yesterday. I walked out about 20 feet. There was 2.5 to 3 inches out there. Did not venture out any farther.

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Thanks for the update Ben Trod, and welcome to the Forum smile.gif We were busy with the hunters over the weekend so weren't able to get out to the lake to check it out. Heard that a couple folks ventured out on Blackduck but that was all. On Upper Red the reports were 3" to nearly 5", but there were some thin spots of only 2". So not "quite" time yet, but with these temps (tonight down to zero, tomorrow's high as 16) hopefully it won't be too much longer. Thanks again for your update!

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Drake
when I noticed you had not posted ice conditions, I figured you did not venture out. I would have gone farther on the ice, but I went through the ice, up to my neck and over a mile from home, when I was 11 and have been ever so leary since then. I typically do not go out until the first of the year. However, many friend of mine will probably get me out there before then this year. smile.gif

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Just made reservation today for Dec 20,21,22
I'v never fished red lake before.Me and the 5 others are sooooo looking forward for this trip.Thanks rick for posting this on here chances are I would of looked some were else put after reading all the nice things wrote I new this was the place for me!! I must of talked to mike this morning when making the reservation what a real nice person he offer to show us the hot spot told me what jigs to consiter(ANGEL EYE) was one, that kinda stuff is greatly appreciated.

se ya in 23 more days

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Hey night eye, the other half of team Drake here, thanks for the nice post! Many hours have been spent on the lakes (open water & on the ice) with our guests and had a blast every time. As most folks who stay here know, it doesn't take much to get him out on the ice..usually when checking in they just ask "what time are we leaving for the lake"...what a tough job he has eh? grin.gif

For ice fishing it's usually Blackduck in the morning and Upper Red in the afternoon/evening, then it's a gathering of folks in the fish cleaning room to clean fish, take pictures and swapping stories! Look forward to seeing you next month!

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