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Red River 9-13-17
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Catfishing the Red remains fair. The lack of current has the catfish spread out meaning you have to keep moving the baits and keeping it fresh to locate active fish. The good news to that is that in finding a pattern they are hanging out on the off current side of the river with recent small fronts that have gone through. Sit times have been fairly short with the warm week at 15-20 minutes.

Baits remain that same frogs and frozen sucker with a little bit of a liking for fresh sucker again.

The forecast going into the weekend is for fall. We will be experiencing some quickly falling water temps over the next week and that can slow fish down. Stay on the off current side of the river and work the shallows more than you normally would. Be prepared to adjust sit time longer of 20-30 minutes should the temps fall more than six or seven degrees or more. Water temperature right now is 70.

Posted on: 9/13 16:43:09
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Re: Lockport 9/5 to 9/6
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I would debate the Drayton comment sometimes as I have had many days in the past two years where Drayton would rival or beat Lockport but the shot at that 30 just is not there. All in all the Red River is truly something special.

Posted on: 9/8 16:11:02
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Re: Lockport 9/5 to 9/6
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Looks like fun. I was supposed to be up there this weekend but a scheduling conflict got in the way. When she is rolling it can't be beat.

I never know what our average weights are any more because we dump the fish and get bait back in the water going for numbers. After a while the photos all look the same.

Posted on: 9/8 13:47:30
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Red River 8-31-17
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The catfishing has held steady over the past few weeks. The fish have started to move shallow some days and to the deeper middle sections of the river with faster current. This is due to the cooler nights and less heating hours during the day. Sit times are a bit longer, 25-35 minutes per spot to allow the fish to find the bait. The fall feed should be getting into high gear over the next week or two.

Bait has been frozen suckers and frogs. All other baits just don't seem to have the same effectiveness.

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Posted on: 8/31 9:44:09
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Red River 8-23-17
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Our prayers were answered from the south with some river flow. For now the river is back to easier and safer boating so we can get around.

The catfishing has held steady, same as the past two weeks. The fish have moved to the shallow off current sides of the river since the nights have recently become cooler. Sits have become longer to 25-35 minutes per spot to allow the fish to find the bait. Mid-Day don't be afraid to find some current or move back to the middle to see if the fish have moved out to feed.

Bait has been frozen suckers and frogs. All other baits just don't seem to have the same effectiveness.

We are entering into some transitions to fall and things will be changing over the next week or two. The new flow should get the fish moving a bit more and that fall feed should ramp up over the next couple weeks.

Posted on: 8/23 7:50:37
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Red River at Grand Forks- 8-16-17
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Low water continues to be the issue on the Red. Below the dams still remains sketchy so use boats at your own risk. The fishing remains stable, similar to last week in that the fish are spread out but in the holes in the middle of the river. Short 15-20 minute sits on spots keeping the bait fresh looking for the active catfish.

Bait is still heavy to frogs and frozen suckers with goldeyes working some but it seems that frog and sucker are the best. As water cools down I suspect fresh sucker will come into play as well.

Posted on: 8/16 9:42:10
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Red River at Grand Forks- 8-10-17
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Catfishing is pretty good considering the low and hot water we are experiencing. The catfish are holding in the middle of the river, typically in the middle of the holes. The active fish are pretty quick to find the baits. The lack of current has the fish spread out so be sure to cast out a good wide spread of your rods if you can or even move baits around every few minutes to find the active fish. If you can find a good visible current fish near it as there will be catfish near by.

Baits are about the same as last week, frogs in the morning and evening with frozen sucker during the day. Cooler nights are bringing water temps down so the bait preference should switch back to fresh sucker or goldeye some in the days to come.

For safety above the dam in Grand Forks is good, below is fishable and boatable but exercise extreme caution if you go north.

Posted on: 8/10 8:58:42
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Red River at Grand Forks- 8-2-17
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The Red is very very low below the dams right now. If you fish there be extremely careful when running a boat. Above the dams still has lots of water and much easier boating.

Catfishing is pretty steady right now. Fish are being caught in most areas such as snags and mid river holes. The best spots have some visible current running into the structure or holes. The active fish are very active so if you land on the right spot you will know in fairly quick order. Keep on the move.

Baits are interesting right now with morning and evening frogs being king and during the day (11am-6pm) frozen sucker or goldeye being superior.

There are lots of nice fish to be caught, be careful and be willing to change up the bait.

Posted on: 8/2 8:41:33
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Red River at Grand Forks- 7-27-17
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Catfishing is pretty stable right now. The water is getting very low making the north end of Grand Forks begin to get sketchy for travel. The lack of current has the fish spread out also. Stay on the move and when you land of fish you should have no trouble catching them. The best areas have been anywhere you can find more current than the surrounding area. The middle of the River in mid range holes has also been a good place to look.

Bait has changed for me this week with frogs being the hands down number one so far. Sucker and goldeye have been working too. I still believe getting bait in front of the fish is is the key more than what the bait is but try it all.

Don't forget the I-29 Catfish Classic is in just 2 weeks.

Posted on: 7/27 8:19:57
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Red River at Grand Forks- 7-20-17
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I would call the catfishing this week seasonal. It is a pretty normal bite for a period of lower water and heat. The catfish are in post spawn and spread out in their summer haunts. The more aggressive fish are in the deeper water in the middle of the river. As usual stay on the move and keep the bait fresh. Bait does not seem to matter still but people with frogs are saying they are getting their better hits with them.

Posted on: 7/20 10:35:42
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