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Upper Red Lake Slabfest 2006!!

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Alrighty guys. Here's the details.

When: Saturday, February 25, 2006

Time: 1:00-2:00 pm is set for an "official" meeting time. However, I will be up late Friday night and don't mind if anyone stops by earlier on Saturday morning.

Where: My ice shack at Roger's Campground. I'm currently about 2 to 2 1/2 miles out on the east (right) side of the road. However, I may be sliding the shack in closer to shore early Saturday morning. I've heard some rumors of a better bite in closer and I'd like to have people closer to the fish if possible.

What's the Plan?: The plan is to just get all the FM guys together I can. I will be bringing my BBQ with so if you want to grill something, bring it and I'll cook it up for ya. If anyone else wants to bring food to share, go ahead. However, I'm not feeding you guys! grin.gif Beverage is on your own of course. Hopefully, we can swap some fishing stories and figure out where the bite is going to happen that evening. Anyone fishing Friday night, please bring info!! grin.gif Hopefully we can get everybody on some fish. (fingers crossed!!)

Last Minute Details: What I'm going to do is have a stack of maps in the lodge at Roger's Campground. There will be directions to my shack, GPS Coordinates, as well as my cell phone # on the map. You have to stop in to pay your road fee so might as well grab the map as well. Just ask Jerry or Joani inside for a map to Hanson's Slabfest. I will make sure they are in there by 8am or so on Saturday morning. I'm not going to be up to Red until midnight or so on Friday and need a little beauty sleep. grin.gif

Like I said, finding me should be easy. I have a 7'x12' perm. shack on skids with gray pole barn siding and white trim. (see photo above) I will also park my truck in a visible spot close to the road. My ride is a black 99 GMC Sierra Extended Cab and I have big Fishing Minnesota decals on the doors. If all else fails, call my cell phone on the map available at Rogers.

Please e-mail me sometime this week as well if you need additional info. I'm more than happy to help.

Hope to see ya'll on Saturday!

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Hanson, is there any report from "slabfest 06"? I spent the day in bed, not feeling well at all. Missed the event and in fact only seen one hour of daylight, it sucked to say the least! hoping someone had some fun!

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
    • leech~~
      No can see?  
    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
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