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coming to url this weekend w/ my 6 year old, to meet up with grampa hal to try to catch some crappie. had pretty poor luck in past but i know their down there.right place right time right presentation...ive been reading the postings all winter wishing i could contribute, but only been up one other time. cookie you put out good info for all to read,honest info...granpa hal has a place on the lake im sure you know him, hope to meet you some day.kelly p knows hal well.wish us luck as i'd love to have my boy catch the fever... hal see ya tomorrow phil
Name: frank himmingway
i was out on march18 me and a buddy filled out on nice slab crappies using only cigerate butts. we even had a northern or somthin in the order grab a crappie as we were reeling it up but we werent able to land it though we were right off westwind. we went right when we got on the ice we were apporixamently 1/4 mile off shore we fished from about 8 to 12 then we made the drive home with acouple buckets of fish. we even had a few nice walleye in the pail.
Looking for a access report
Heading up on Sun 3/23. Wondering like everyone else about access-4x4 trucks still getting out or bring ATV/Sleds for insurance.
THX from FYI from St.Cloud Lil technical for most but probably correct. Hard to estimate any lake when 4/5ths is controlled by others. Is their data accurate? I Agree 100%on the comment (Just get out and try it for yourself) As far as hello from Roseau goes I didít know that Crack Cocaine had made it that far north! If not I have some Ocean front property for sell in Arizona!!! CHEAP PS: Thx for all the good info cookie
the temp is cooled off on thursday the ice should last for a while if it doesnt rain tullibe are there you just need to move and find them schooled up
Hello, was going to go up to Red Lake this weekend March 23-24th. Was wondering if you could drive on the ice with a truck or is the ice to bad. Please someone let me know. Thanks, Pete
i am hearing people saying that atv would be better, but is 4x4 truck okay? if no let me know then i will bring my atv.i meant MATT (bs ville) not hello from roseau. my mistake. hope you all catch more slabs.. let me know if truck is ok to drive this week? thanks, good fishing.
AS OF TODAYS DATE, 3-20 1ST DAY OF SPRING, I HEARD THAT TULLIBEES WERE TENATIVE, THE SHRIMP ARE ON THE BOTTOM. APPARENTLY ACCESS IS LIMITED? HOWEVER, THIS LAKE IS FULL OF TULLIBEE. JUST MORE OR LESS WAITING FOR THEM TO SCHOOL UP. I WOULD SAY 25-30 FT OF WATER IS FINE, AS LONG AS OVER MUD, NOT SAND. LAST YEAR THEY LIKED A DROP LINE WITH A ORANGE OR RED JIG, AND IT HELPED TO HAVE A SPRING FLAT METAL TIP AND JUST STRAIGHT LINE IT, AND USE A BOBBER ON THE OTHER HOLE, TO INCREASE HOOK SETS. APPARENTLY THE BITE IS IN THE MORNING.
I just wanted to say that the whole reason that this crappie bite has been so good is that there was actually a phenominal hatch about 6 years ago, it was the ONLY good crappie hatch and red lake is actually not a typical crappie lake meaning that there is not really suitable spawning habitat. It is a complete mystery as to why the crappies had such a good hatch that year, however considering that crappies have an average life span of 8 years, we probably have only 2 years of good crappie fishing left. Since the crappies were all hatched the same year, they almost all weigh between 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds; on the average. There are some larger, but they are fairly rare. Don't be fooled by reports of 2+ pound limits, they just aren't happening. Also, due to the sketchy bite, I would suggest just getting out when you can. Don't worry about reports, just get out and try it for yourself!
3-8-2003 SATURDAY, I WENT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME LUPER FISHING FROM TWIN CITIES. I HEARD ABOUT THE ICE, AND WAS INTRIGUED. I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO THE PARKING LOT AT FRENCH RIVER, WALKED DOWN TO THE LAKE IN THE DARKNESS, AND SAW A MOON LUNAR LANDSCAPE, WITH ALL OF THE SHAKE ICE, HUGE PILES, ETC. I SAW TRACKS WEAVING THRU, AND OVER VARIOUS AREAS. I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, HOW CAN ANYONE GO OUT HERE. I HAD MY MILLION POWER LIGHT, AND HAD HEAD LIGHT ALSO, I LET TWO OTHER GROUPS GO AHEAD. THEY LOOKED REALLY COOL IN THE DARKNESS ALMOST LIKE ADVENTURERS. I DRILLED MY FIRST HOLE IN BETWEEN TWO 4 FT PILES OF ICE, AND CAME UP WITH 2 INCH SLABS UNDER THAT, ALL PILED UP. SO I MOVED, AND WENT TO 11 FT. I MADE A NICE VIEWING HOLE, AND SAW AROUND 100 FISH. THEY SEEMED TO BE CURIOUS WHEN I TAPPED THE ICE WITH MY AX. I FOUND THAT THEY WERE LETHARGIC TO A POINT, WOULD APPROACH MY LUPER JIG, AND WAXY, AND TURN LAST MOMENT. I CAUGHT ONE COHO,3 POUNDS, AND A 8 POUND LUPER. SOME OF THESE FISH WERE HUGE. ALLOT OF SINGLES, AND SOME GROUPS OF UPTO 7 CAME THRU. TOTALLY CLEAR VIEWING. I SWITCHED UP 30 JIGS, THEY SEEMED INTERESTED. I FOUND THEY DID NOT BITE ON MOVEMENT, BUT WERE ATTRACTED TO IT. I HAD SEVERAL FAST AND FURIOUS ATTACKS, BUT COULD NOT GET A HOOK SET. THE BIG LUPER, WOULD NOT COME UP, SO I PLAYED HIM CAREFULLY, SO I WOULD NOT LOOK HIM AT THE HOLE. THE COHO, ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES, AND WAS VERY TRICKY TO GET IN. HE CAME RIGHT UP TO THE HOLE, AND THEN DOWN, AND ROLLED. ALLOT OF FUN. THEY TOOK THE WHITE HEADED LUPER, WITH A CHARTREUSE FEATHERED LUPER BUG. I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THAT THE ICE WENT OUT, AND COULD NOT RETURN TO VIEW THESE HUNKERS FROM ABOVE. PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST ICE FISHING EXPERIENCES I HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME. TULLIBEE
Buck the action can be great in the early summer depending on the wind. Caught fish on the cribs last year and even donated a few jigs to them. Some people were fishing them at night last year and getting fish. The crappies spawn on the northeast end of the lake and in front of Hudecs can be great its all in the timing and weather conditions. They also move into the channels and river. Again it is in the timing. Watched people catch fish in the river last year and they have a nice public campground on the river. Do not know the fee for camping but it does fill up pretty good in the early summer. COOKIE
JUst made the rounds and here are the details as of noon. Watched a ram 3500 deisel with 4 wheeler in back pulling a ultra shack go out of Hillmens. Talked to Buddy said when you hit the ice you need to go to the right of the old road as it is deteriated, his bridge is fine at this time . Talk to Hudecs they are letting 4x4 out, no cars recommended, there bridge is a little rough but no problems at this time. There were 4 guys cleaning fish from last night said they did a lot of hole hopping but they had 2 buckets and 1 cooler full of fish. Not sure how many guys but they were happy. They were using green glow jigs.Talked to Westwind they are reccomending atvs at this time. Cusin Pete is thinking about bringing his sleeper out for the guys from Cat says he will be checking the conditions out a little later. If any one knows the ice it is him. Very experianced he knows his stuff. Seems to be plenty of ice out there just need to use common sense, if you have atvs, I think you should bring them but that is only my opinion. It is cloudy and the temp is 36 degrees at this time. Cookie
Panning on heading up to URL tomorrow, just wondering how fishing has been. What depth seems to be working?
Those guys from Roseau have never been able to read a scale or tape measure accurately.
Those guys from Roseau have never been able to read a scale or tape measure accurately.
Cookie, whats the action like in the summer for these crappies? Have you tried looking for them during the summer months?
To Nettinyahoo, I was up to URL a few times before we finally got into them last weekend. It's like any kind hunting or fishing, some time needs to be put in before it pays off. Move around and stay away from the big groups of people and it'll happen. Don't get discouraged, because when you start hitting on these crappies all the time you've put into it will be well worth it.
Not everyone can be like Hello from Roseau. (Thank god!)
Name: Perch Jr
We are still planning on heading up to URL on the 27th, we are wondering how the ice will be and is it going to be safe enough for a 4x4 truck. Or should we bring along our ATV? Also has there been alot of water on the ice, have been reading the reports and it sounds like there has been. Just wondering what and how to pack everything??
Thanks and Good Fishing!!
Todd I met you at Hillmens Sunday ,would like to know how you did. Said you were going 6 miles out. Fish have been very active in between 3 and 4 miles. they seem to be moving in. Don Hudecs said they picked up a few not to far out. Buddy was going to fish a spot on this side of there pressure ridge last night so will see what he has to say. This guy hello seems like he might be a kid just screwing around from reading his post. COOKIE
Have some cleaning to do around here then will be checking with Hillmens and Hudecs. Marles at Hillmens has a picture of a couple that are holding 3 fish that are all over 15 inches. Ask to see it as a picture is worth a 1,000 words. I saw the picture and they are huge. The biggest crappie I caught this year was 1 lb 11 oz. a very nice crappie in my book, did not measure it but had to be close to 15 inches. That was in Jan. COOKIE
WE WERE ON RED SATURDAY THE 15TH WITH 6 OF US FISHING. WE HAD GONE OUT 5 MILES AND STARTED FISHING AROUND NOON. LOTS OF PERCH, WHICH ARE GETTING A BIT BIGGER, JUST NOT BIG ENOUGH TO KEEP YET. WE GOT 1 PIKE THAT MEASURED 35 IN. FUN FIGHT ON 4LB LINE AND A GENZ ROD. CRAPPIES DIDN'T START UNTIL 6.30PM, BUT WHEN THEY DID IT WAS FAST ACTION FOR ABOUT 45MINUTES. AFTER THAT WE WOULD PICK UP A FEW HERE AND THERE. WE DID MANAGE TO LIMIT WITH 90 FISH. THE SMALLEST WAS 13IN AND THE BIGGEST WAS JUST SHY OF 15. ALL NICE FISH, BUT DIDN'T SEE ANY OF THOSE 2LBS:}..... CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK UP. GOOD LUCK TO ALL...BOBBY B.
been to url 4 times now. best we've ever done is 4 crappies between 2 portables. tons of pesky perch during daylight. wish i knew what sort of magic tricks some of the people on this site are performing, especially roseau. what's next? i'm waiting for him to say that a 60 inch musky attacked a 15 lb. walleye that had eaten one of his 2 lb. crappies.
Roseau obviously does not get it that no one believes he is catching what he says. Come on, all the crappies over 2 pounds get real. Like it was stated earlier, we wont good info not fish stories. I dont believe there has been a report of 2lb. crappies all winter. Go somewere else and try and convince them that you are catching these fish because we dont want to waste our time reading your false reports.
i was just out there last night again and it was ok fishing I didnt quite get my limit of crappies but all the crappies were over 2 pounds they were huge i didnt know what i was catching i thought it was a northern a couple times and i did catch a northern it was 45 in and i had a scale and it weighed 18 pounds i also caught some walleye not as big but i caught 2 that were 8 pounds and a 5 pound.i am going out there again tonight mabeye ill see some of you out there
Name: Jim S.
Caught 200 perch, Friday and Saturday. 4 adults, 4 kids. gold and perch(green,red,) colored jigs worked best.Large ice bar by Judds, stay along the shore to the north to get around it,from Judds. My 2 kids and I caught 120. out fished the others,used super thin rods with spring bobbers.
Just watched a dozon trucks come off the lake at Hillmens, Will check accesses tomorrow and talk to Hillmens and Hudecs in person .Will keep everyone updated. Just look for my post.No fishing report tonight as have no one staying at the cabins untell Friday.Was out of town tonight. COOKIE PS.I imagine the fishing is good with the full moon has been real good out of hillmens the last 3 nights.
Looking for info on the ice conditions on rainy river. When are we going to be able to get boats in?
Hi, thinking of coming for the weekend of March 21st. We would like to bring our permanent houses, will we be able to get them out on the lake with our 4wheel drive?
Heading up on Fri. unless I hear "no" from all experts it's full throttle. Please let me know.
I thank you.
i agree with HELLO from roseau, i think that there was no 50 inch northern caught, if so, that would be a new mn state record and i dont think there also was a 15 pounder too, this is a website to let eachother know what they caught not just full of s... anyways we like to hear stories but not liars. how was the biting this week of wed the 19th? wondering about reports, hoping to go up this weekend thanks. good fishing
Name: Scott McNamee
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We were up there sunday till monday night and we caught 85 croppies out of hillmans. They have sleepers but they sucks. I would never go there again. We also caught about 20 walleyes with the biggest being 3.3 pounds. We had the best luck monday night from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. One more thing cookie do u think we will be able to fish out there the 27 threw the weekend.
ATTN: Cookie or Roseau,We are heading up on 3/20 to try and fish both Big winnie and Upper Red.We are not planning on bringing 4-wheelers,we called and someone said we will be able to drive 4x4 trucks with no problem. Can you please give me the real poop cause I would hate to leave the wheeler at home and have access problems. You guys do a great job with info and this site and I want to tell you how much I appreciate it. Thank you so much for your kind help.
i was 8 miles out of west wind at about 2 in the morning i stayed in a sleeper and on tuesday i caught a 10 pound walleye but no northerns there was 2 of us this time and the fishing was as good as it was on monday hope you have good luck like me
Minn-Kota 65 Maxxum Bow Mount Trolling motor 24volt. Low Hours - I moved up to a #74. New $600+ will take $300.
Cookie, Can you do us all a huge favor and give a report on the landings Friday Afternoon/Eve. Thanks a million. Sounds like a lot of guys trying to get back for one more weekend of action with their trucks.I know the next couple nights are suppose to be a little cooler up there but not sure that is gonna make a difference.
Name: Nathan Kokett
I was just wondering if the tullibees are biting off Stoney or federal dam. Also wondering how the ice is.
I am wondering if anyone has fished Sand Lake (south of Dunvilla) and if you know the quality of fishing now in the lake. I'm considering looking at a lake lot there.
heard the lake is covered with water, 18". any info on the condition of the lake would be great,ie when the water flows under the ice. want to come up this wknd but not sure if it would be a waste. all the landings will be closed soon im sure.atvs will get out. honey combing is when the ice starts to weaken due to warm temps.water and air get in to the ice... wont be to long and the crappie will get a little break.
Thinking of heading out of Warroad for Pike on Saturday. Can anyone give me an ice conditions report? I know there is plenty of ice but how are the landings holding out? Are any fish biting?
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