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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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Re: Red River at Grand Forks- 7-5-17
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That report does not surprise me a bit. I actually prefer that bite to any other as it is harder to find the fish many people don't think of it. (until now) the water is falling fast so any feeding fish are looking for whatever current they can find. It is a bite that I have been on many times.

Posted on: 7/18 17:59:34
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Re: Red River at Grand Forks- 7-5-17
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It looks like you did pretty well all things considered. This time of year it works like that. MOVE, MOVE MOVE until you find the spot then try to replicate it the rest of the day. The fish looked very nice.

Again sorry for being late with my response. Been crazy busy and still don't have any end in sight of that.

Good Job

Posted on: 7/18 9:45:02
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Re: Red River at Grand Forks- 7-5-17
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Sorry I missed this one as I have been out of town all week. You will want the downtown ramp at GF for better fishing right now. I would suggest a drive to Drayton the way fishing was when I left but I am sure things have changed again.

Again, Sorry for not getting to this before your trip.

Posted on: 7/15 9:45:27
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Red River at Grand Forks- 7-5-17
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As expected last weeks rain is helping get the spawn over with and getting the catfish more active. There are many smaller fish to be caught and some bigger ones mixed in but action is steady. Most patterns and locations are delivering fish right now. Give an honest 20 minute sit in spots to let the more sluggish fish find the baits. Active fish will hit right away. Bait does not seem to matter if it is in the right spot.

This weeks heat should also help wrap up the spawn and get everything rolling into mid July and beyond.

Posted on: 7/5 22:08:39
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Red River at Grand Forks- 6-29-17
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Catfishing is improving as the spawn is starting to wind down. Fish are still being caught tight to structure but bigger post spawn fish are starting to get out and feed in the holes and on the break lines. The key to success is LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION and getting the bait right in front of the fish. Bait really doesn't matter as long as its in the spot where the fish are. 15-20 minute sit times seem to be working to keep searching for active fish.

The recent rains of mid-week may slow the bite some over the weekend and make fishing difficult with debris floating in the river but it is just what the doctor ordered to get post spawn catfish into high gear.

Posted on: 6/29 11:20:49
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