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1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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We fished out of Red Door Resort from Friday to Sunday AM. Red Door has maintained their roads very well. Easy sailing there. We fished off the second break, about 80 yards from the heave. Tried to get away from the big groups of people, which we were able to do. Travel was not bad at all off the plowed roads, but we only had to go about 100 yards to get away from the groups.

On a map, it wasn't an ideal spot, but it produced fish in 30-31'. I think getting away from people was key. Friday we got our two wheel houses set up (within 30 feet of each other) and started fishing. One house caught every single fish Friday from noon to throughout the night...in the same hole. No other hole produced. Saturday morning we moved the house that wasn't catching anything about 15 yards, and also moved the Finicky Foolers/Tip-ups about 15-25 yards. All of the sudden we started catching fish. Funny how such a small move makes a huge difference.

Plain hooks with medium 4" shiners produced as well as a white demon on a deadstick. Our group of 5 caught 25ish fish in 48 hours. Biggest being 24". 2 keepers (21" & 23") that went back down the hole, and a bunch of 19" fish. The first fish of the trip was a HUGE 12" perch.


If you're not catching fish, move! Even if it's only 15 yards like in our case!

All in all a great trip to the big pond!

Posted on: 1/14 11:08:40
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Re: 1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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Also, on Friday evening I moved back to the first break with the portable during sundown. Fished a 22' hump with no luck. Had one very nice walleye come through on camera, but wanted nothing to do with us.

Posted on: 1/14 11:13:33
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Re: 1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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Where are people getting shiners? Portside didn't have any last weekend.

Posted on: 1/15 10:46:23
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Re: 1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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From West side
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Got them at Terrys last week.

Posted on: 1/15 14:18:42
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Re: 1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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Quote:

Pcity19 wrote:
Where are people getting shiners? Portside didn't have any last weekend.


We picked some up before we got into Garrison. We had heard Tutts had shiners, but they were pretty spendy....not sure if that's the case or not.

Posted on: 1/16 9:01:29
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Re: 1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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From Mille Lacs/Landfall
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The further you get away from the lake the lower the price and greater the quantity and quality of shiners. Buy them near your home if you are traveling to the lake.

Posted on: 1/16 9:20:52
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Re: 1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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Quote:

Oldstar wrote:
The further you get away from the lake the lower the price and greater the quantity and quality of shiners. Buy them near your home if you are traveling to the lake.


+1

If I am going up in the early AM, I go though Mora.
Stop at Sportsman's for breakfast, and by then Jerry's Bait next door would be open.

Ya know, way back when, I think that Jerry's was one of the first to do the oxygen bags for minnows!

Posted on: 1/16 10:56:03
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Re: 1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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Yeah for sure, don't buy your bait at the suffering Mille Lacs businesses.

Posted on: 1/16 12:54:25
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Re: 1/11-11/13 Red Door Report
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I wouldn’t waste my money on shiners in the first place for Mille Lacs. I have not used shiners once in my 8 times out this year. and have caught plenty of fish.

Posted on: 1/16 15:58:26
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