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anyone else here planning on going to Red for opener? Was hoping to get a couple bigger northerns and hit some craps open water. Have never fished the lake in open water, how would i go aboot finding the craps without electronics?

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I bet you have an fl-8 ? If so hang it over the side to read depth. Then if ma nature is cooperating drift from 4 to 8 ft of water. If Ma is not then a trolling motor would be of benefit. Light colored tubes ie white and yellow tipped with or with out a minnow will aid in the fish finding your bait. HMMM kinda like glow jigs in the winter. The north shore on any lake warms first and thats a good place to start. Good Luck!

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Hey Joel, My Knife done yet?????? Still waiting!!!! wink.gif

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Hi FM'ers

I too will be trying my first open water Red Lake experience at the end of May. We will be camping out of Mort's Dock. Are there any better areas than the rest at that time of the year (north vs south shore?) Depths? Water temps? tactics?


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What kind of camping facilities does Mort's Dock have? Tents and camper spots? Bathrooms with showers?

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Mark, Im now catching up on the fish I have from the winter. Your Pike will be done before your knife. Ill have it to you before deer season though! Oh thats unless you plan on using it when your shining! shocked.gifgrin.gif

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    • Dash 1
      First open water fishing this morning. Planed to go to Clearwater but water was 6 inches over docks. Drove over to Sylvia/Twin and access was great. Water very clear, could see bottom in more than 12 ft.  Caught several sunfish and bass. 2 northerns and a crappie. Most went back including a 9.5 in male sunny. Beautiful fish. Most caught in less than 3 ft water.  Temp was 61. 
    • SkunkedAgain
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    • Fish Head
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    • Bloatlord
      Opener was decent on Saturday and absolutely on fire Sunday. 9 eyes, three over 25 in, one at 28.5. A bunch of largemouths, some crappie and perch and a TON of bullhead. One of those weekends where your hands start to hurt.       
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    • jparrucci
      The majority of docks can't be put it. Water is over the top of pretty much every permanent dock.  Very few docks are in. 
    • cm012419
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