North Dakota Fishing 29

name: Josh
city: Fargo
Area: Fargo
: jbugbee@jc.edu
Date: Thursday June 03, 2004
Time: 05:00:09 PM

Red_River

Hey all~ I am a college student living in Fargo for the summer and like fishing. I bought a MN non-resident license for the lake I go to. I was hoping to do a little fishing on the Red River and have never done so before. If there is anyone that would be willing to get me started with either some information on what to fish/use for bait and/or where to fish, it would be very much appreciated. Thank You.

Josh


name: Dave R.
city: Sioux City, IA
Area: Comment
: kingsleyhf@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday June 03, 2004
Time: 10:36:26 AM

Red_River

Hello again guys!!

Just wondering how the water levels are up there around Grand Forks, Drayton & Lockport I have a short weekend trip planned for next weekend (11th-13th) and am flexible as to where we can fish. I've been seeing that you've been getting a lot of rain & was wondering if the river is fishable at any of these locations. What I am really interested in is your opinion on if you think it will be fishable by next weekend if it doesn't keep raining....I haven't seen the forcast for up there & am not familiar with how fast the water goes down after it floods or is high, or how the fishing is after a series of high water. The other thing I am a bit concerned with is coming right during the spawn. Have the cats spawned yet?? If not, we'll probably hit it dead on next weekend, eh?? Things only allow us a certain number of trips per year, but we're a bit flexible as to when we can come up, so some honest reports & opinins would sure be appreciated so that we don't waste a trip next weekend & can plan for another some other time (would prob. be the weekend of June 25th-27th) if you think it would be better fishing then. Again, thanks guys!!! Dave


name: christian
city: grand forks
email: christian.henderson@und.edu
lake_river: English Coulee-Grand Forks
Date: 06/02/2004
Time: 10:38:35 AM

Small_Lakes

from what I've found you must use a boat to get to the back ponds of the english coulee. however so far from fishing it seemed like it was to eraly in the season caught some pike but that was it. some being 2


name: Tony Burnage
city: Luton
email: arsenal2002@msn.com
lake_river: request a lake
Date: 06/01/2004
Time: 05:30:03 PM

Small_Lakes

Just to let u all no if u live in luton or near bedford go to tingrith fishery theres 3 lakes and the 1st 1 is great its 8 for 1 rod and 10:50 4 2 rods if u go do float fishing u will catch more fish than if u leger gd luck all and e mail me if u no any good lakes


Name: fritz
City: devils lake
Remote Name: 24.117.140.104
Date: Tuesday June 01, 2004
Time: 01:25:00 AM

Hunting_Talk

Here we go again. Why is it that every NR seems to think he/she is saving ND. If you don't like the rules and feel the need to cry about it, stay in Michigan. Nobody feels sorry for you here. Be glad you even get the opportunity to hunt.


Name: Tom
City: Michigan
Remote Name: 141.129.1.98
Date: Sunday May 30, 2004
Time: 11:30:07 PM

Hunting_Talk

I know this is not going to be the most popular stance but here goes, I have been hunting ND for many years as well as hunted all over the country and have experienced many different situations but none of them as different as ND. As a ND land owner and yes a N/R what I have seen is totally different than what is reported. At the level of involvment that I see the problem was not N/R in our hunting area it was urban vs rural now I am not so blind as to think all N/R's are prefect sportsman, and am sure everyone does'nt think all resident hunters are prefect sportsman. The problems that I have experienced were that while N/R's knew they were obviously marked (due to out of state tags) some land owners would not check in state tags this lead to many out of town hunters with ND tags tresspassing and the N/R taking the flack for it. Now it may be different all over the state but itn the small community where I hunt the town depends on the influx of NR revenew. So let's take a look my license price went from $105 for 14 days plus small game for the season to $85 for 14 days and if I want to hunt small game another 85 for 2 five day periods as well as not being able to hunt in the area of MY property and not being able to hunt the 1st week of the season. So tell me WHY am I continuing to PAY house payments and PAY taxes and Pay twice as much AND be restricted as a second class citzen. Why shouldn't I walk away from my house and give it to the already struggling local economy and burden ND with the finacial responsibilities. And I have read all the reports and numbers about the state not losing money this is simply not true ND own numbers show less N/R's with translates into LESS MONEY FOR THE STATE and don't forget you econ class home work. Maybe we as N/R's should start to question where the money from the Pitman/Robertson act is really going or maybe you as RESIDENT hunters should question it for youeselves.


name: Richard
city: Grafton
Area: Drayton
Date: Friday May 28, 2004
Time: 09:27:06 AM

Red_River

Hey Dave R,

Went down to Drayton Dam yesterday, May 27 and the area around the dam is either under water or is so muddy, you can't get to the river. If we don't get any more rain, I'd give it till next weekend (not Memorial Day weekend) to dry out. Before the rains, fishing was great.


name: mackie
city: grand forks ab
Area: Grand Forks
Date: Thursday May 27, 2004
Time: 01:17:26 PM

Red_River

i know this is for the red but does anyone know how to get to the back ponds at the english coulee's? no one has written in that forum in over a month. i plan to go out there tomorrow with a couple of canoes and want to save so time walking back to the third pond.....any help would be great


name: ibwhnt
city: Grand Forks
Area: Grand Forks
Date: Thursday May 27, 2004
Time: 11:55:14 AM

Red_River

Dave R. You can buy a season license. Below are the break downs of the different prices: Nonresident Fishing, Hunting & Furbearer Certificate - $2.00 Nonresident Single - $35.00 Nonresident Husband and Wife - $45.00 Nonresident Seven Days - $20.00 Nonresident Three Days - $15.00 Hope that helps you out.


name: Dave R.
city: Sioux City, IA
Area: Comment
Date: Wednesday May 26, 2004
Time: 06:23:38 PM

Red_River

I am going to be fishing the Red in North Dakota in June & again in July.

I was looking at the liscenses on the web & it doesn't look like non-residents can purchase a liscense for the entire season.....only 3 or 7 days. Am I correct on this??

Has anyone been doing any good at Drayton lately??

Thanks guys!!


name: MACKIE
city: grand forks ab
email:
lake_river: English Coulee-Grand Forks
Date: 05/26/2004
Time: 05:22:31 PM

Small_Lakes

does anyone know how to get to the coulee through that back???? i went out last weekend to see if there was a way to drive to the back ponds with no luck.....


name: Stu McKay
city: Lockport
Area: Canada
: redcats@mts.net
Date: Wednesday May 26, 2004
Time: 10:01:08 AM

Red_River

Water levels? The river has been steadily descending and by next week (barring any monsoones) the dam should be back in. This simply means the river becomes much easier to negotiate and navigate! Cats are still ballistic! Two guys from Fort Dodge caught "FIFTY" kitties yesterday, needless too say they had a ball!

Fish Hard!


name: Andy
city: Madrid
email:
contact_name: Andy
contact_phone: 12:34
Date: Wednesday May 26, 2004
Time: 06:43:08 AM

Tournament

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name: Canuck
city: Lockport
Area: Canada
Date: Tuesday May 25, 2004
Time: 10:20:05 AM

Red_River

A 15hp, it depends on what type of boat. Cats on the Red has 9.9 Hondas on their rental boats and they don't seem to have a problem.

The current is strong but the Red is diffently fishable. One just doesn't anchor in the main current. I have a 18 ft Lund and I don't even anchor in the main current. In a week or two the red should have dropped alot. It dropped abit yesterday, but it can stop raining ANY TIME.


name: Chachi
city: Brandon
Area: Comment
Date: Tuesday May 25, 2004
Time: 12:02:41 AM

Red_River

Heh just wondering how the flow on the river is around Lockport, we only have a 15hp motor on our fishing boat and was wondering if you guys think that it will be able to handle the current on the Red right now?

Hope to get out there in the next week or two and try our luck.

Take er easy


name: Canuck
city: Lockport
Area: Canada
Date: Monday May 24, 2004
Time: 09:58:09 PM

Red_River

Where are UALL fisher persons on the Red River??????? This is a great bb but we need updates.


Name: Cody
City: Minot
Remote Name: 206.129.0.152
Date: Monday May 24, 2004
Time: 04:57:00 PM

Hunting_Talk

Well Dave, I had a hunters Education teacher named dave.


Name: Bill
City: Kansas City
: williamrosine@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday May 24, 2004
Time: 10:14:54 AM

Missouri_River

I'm from California and moved out here to Missouri last year. I'd like to know where to go to fish for some of Missouri's famous collosal catfish. Thanks a bunch.


name: Jeff
city: christine
Remote Name: 4.164.192.107
Date: 05/23/2004
Time: 06:23:05 PM

Devils_Lake

are the walleye's bitting?


name: Justin
city: Jamestown, ND
Lake: Spiritwood Lake
Date: Sunday May 23, 2004
Time: 12:18:19 AM

Jamestown

Fishing on spritwood this year is terrible, even the perch aren't biting......But I suppose that's what happens when you open spearing on a lake, so if you want to deplete a lake of its fish, just allow people to spear on it.


name: Stu McKay
city: Lockport
Area: Canada
: redcats@mts.net
Date: Friday May 21, 2004
Time: 06:07:44 PM

Red_River

Just another update for the Red........

The trio from Kentucky have just completed 7 days of grueling sport! Their numbers caught and released during this past week......505 channel cats! That's a daily average of 72 cats, many of these fish going twenty pounds or better. After speaking with this group, they claim that it was by far the best trip to the Red to date. In 7 years they have never caught so many big cats between 25 to thirty pounds. The largest for the week was an honest 35 pounder!

I wonder how long it will be before someone cracks another forty pounder?

Fish Hard!


name: Stu McKay
city: Lockport
Area: Drayton
: redcats@mts.net
Date: Friday May 21, 2004
Time: 11:15:42 AM

Red_River

I couldn't agree with you more Richard and I'm also fully aware of the fact that by far the vast majority of those keeping those big trophy's are not from your region, in most cases there're from more southern destinations.

Fish hard!


name: Stu McKay
city: Lockport
Area: Drayton
: redcats@mts.net
Date: Friday May 21, 2004
Time: 11:15:37 AM

Red_River

I couldn't agree with you more Richard and I'm also fully aware of the fact that by far the vast majority of those keeping those big trophy's are not from your region, in most cases there're from more southern destinations.

Fish hard!


name: ian thor
city: minneapolis
: cithor@yahoo.com
Remote Name: 63.228.46.124
Date: 05/20/2004
Time: 02:57:31 PM

Devils_Lake

i'm planning coming this weekend for some white bass and walleyes, what areas/shores are best bit for bass and walleyes? thanks.


Name: Chris Austin
City: Spokane
Date: Thursday May 20, 2004
Time: 02:14:15 PM

Missouri_River

Where is the best fishin on the Missouri?


name: Richard
city: Grafton
Area: Drayton
Date: Thursday May 20, 2004
Time: 01:06:31 PM

Red_River

Mr. McKay;

I agree that the Red River fishery is fantastic right now. The cats I've been fishing for are in the 5-15 lb range. Like most fisherman in the ND/MN region I do catch and release these great fish... Those who don't, I guess they have their reasons. The best eating cats are in the 2-4lb range. I look forward to going north of the border sometime this summer and catch fish with my Canadian friends.

If these monsters give you a battle to remember, it makes sense to me to let them do battle with someone else.


name: Stu McKay
city: Lockport
Area: Canada
: redcats@mts.net
Date: Thursday May 20, 2004
Time: 11:45:19 AM

Red_River

The 2004 season has been one of the better ones as far as numbers of big fish that are being produced!!!! It seems that everyone is catching, some are catching at much higher rates than others simply becauser they choose to use more desireable baits. Baits like fresh sucker is undoubtably a top producer at this early stage of the game. Cats are being caught on a wide variety of baits ranging from shrimp, calamari, crawlers, even shiner minnows, now talk about aggressive kitties!

This partern will continue for weeks to come and as long as the river levels remain high anglers will continue to enjoy great success.

There's been loads of fish in the twenty pound and up category. the largest that I know of is an honest 35 plus pounder! Actually there's been at least two in this size range. Catch & release has been an incredibly successful story here on this portion of the Red River. I only wish Mn. and N.D. would follow suit and impose the same restrictions, that would only benefit the resource. Besides why would anyone want to eat a twenty year old catfish in the first place!!!! I feel that in time, with the right consultation and negotation with the respective DNR's from both jurisdiction's, the idea of catch & release odf "all" cats over twenty four inches can be a reality.

Fish Hard!

Stu McKay


Name: Chris Knittel
City: Spokane
Date: Wednesday May 19, 2004
Time: 04:27:11 PM

Missouri_River

were is the best spot to fly fish for trout


name: Khans
city: Minot
Date: Monday May 17, 2004
Time: 10:13:20 PM

Lake_Darling

For the third time, we headed out to Lake Darling (the outlets by the visitor center) at around 1 pm. No bites for awhile which lead to a frustrating afternoon. We were using live bait. Finally, towards the later afternoon we caught a beautiful northern pike, 22 inches in length! I'd say that's pretty good for first time fishermen from New Yok City!

The first two times we were at Lake Darling no bites/no fish but other fishermen around us were catching BIG fish. I'd say it's a good place to be for an afternoon!


name: Canuck
city: Lockport
Area: Canada
Date: Sunday May 16, 2004
Time: 12:46:50 PM

Red_River

Dan:

The water is higher today at Lockport than it was say 4 days ago but that only seems to turn the kitties on more. When they open a section of the locks all one has to do is anchor behind bends. No matter how high the water gets at Lockport there is ALWAYS places to anchor and catch kitties. Yesterday, Saturday, we had 3 lines out and the tally was 20 with several over the magical 20 lb mark. One lady was new to fishing and it took her alittle bit to get on to it but once she did the guys had to look out. If she had any experience fishing before I am sure she would have kicked a--, as it was she did land the largest fish and ended up with 6 fish. Oh yes, that was only 4 hrs of fishing. Any day U can catch 20 kitties with several over 20 lbs in just 4 hrs it is a good day.

The wind on Sat made it harder to fish and the forcast for the rest of the week is warm and lighter winds so all it can do is get better.


name: Stu McKay
city: Lockport
Area: Grand Forks
: redcats@mts.net
Date: Saturday May 15, 2004
Time: 09:19:41 PM

Red_River

Lockport, Saturday, May, 15th.........Today was our season opener and the best description on how it all unfolded would simply have to be "absolutely Incredible"! The action was fast and furious, more so for some than others, but then again that always seems too be the case. To give you an indication how the catch'n went for some, two boy's from Scott County called it a day after catching and releasing 100 kitties!!!!! A trio from Kentucky thru in the towel at 80!!! There were many others who fared well, there were many who simply had the time of their lives. Water conditions.......the river's up a couple of feet and will probably rise a couple more before it crests. One section of the dam here in lockport was removed this morning because of the rising waters, but this only gets those big cats in a more aggressive feeding mode. Tomorrow's just another day and another day for those who have tralled to the Red to battle that most worthy opponent, ol'whiskers!

Fish Hard!

Stu McKay


name: Dan
city: Grand Forks
Area: Canada
Date: Saturday May 15, 2004
Time: 06:02:14 PM

Red_River

Anyone know how the water levels are up in Lockport. It is too high to fish right now in Grand Forks. Any hope it might be fishable up there a week from now? Oh yeah, and has the fishing been any good?


name: Richard
city: Grafton
Area: Drayton
Date: Tuesday May 11, 2004
Time: 05:09:01 PM

Red_River

I guess it doesn't matter where you go on the Red, you're going to catch fish. I can't remember the last time I got skunked. It all depends what you're fishing for. The cats that weigh between 1-2 pounds are the best eating. You can catch them by the truck load (worms or flatheads). The larger cats are fun to catch but need to be released (my humble opinion). I'm still trying to figure out how to catch Walleye. I know there are more experienced folks out there. Maybe you fellow fishermen can help me out. CYA


name: ray
city: westbend
Area: Other area
: shoeman@nconnect.net
Date: Tuesday May 11, 2004
Time: 04:17:23 PM

Red_River

richard im going to try your receipe and see how good it is. i usually smoke the catfish which is excellent.i will be going past drayton in july would it be worth it to stop there and fish because i usually go up to emerson in canada by my grampa and fish. im from wisconsin so i only go up by my grampa once a year and see him,hes only 96. thanks ray


name: Richard
city: Grafton
Area: Drayton
Date: Tuesday May 11, 2004
Time: 03:10:06 PM

Red_River

Recipe... Catfish do have an oily taste if you don't sautee them first. Peel the skin away, cut the head off, and gut the fish. Don't filet. Put the fish in a pan and pour a bottle of wine into the pan. Don't go out and buy an expensive bottle. The wine gets rid of the oily taste. Let the fish sautee for about 4 hours (turning every hour). Then brush Worchester Sauce on both sides of the fish and wrap in foil. Grill 5 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the other. Bon Apetite!


name: Denise
city: Buffalo
Date: Tuesday May 11, 2004
Time: 01:45:03 PM

Lake_Sakakawea

Want to take a trip to fish in North Dakota,possibly mid July. Just wondering how the fishing is around that time of the year.Probably fish and stay near Lake Sakakawea.Thanks.


name: Long Yaj
city: saint paul
Remote Name: 205.215.222.142
Date: 05/11/2004
Time: 01:10:36 PM

Devils_Lake

Hey everyone how is the white bass fishing over there right now? I was wondering because last year we came out the same time like right now and was hitting them pretty good. And where are the white bass hitting right now at? have the regalations changed at all this year or is the limit for white bass still unlimited? I plan on coming down there for a trip may be next month. tell me how the fishing is before i decide to come and hopefully i will hit a good time for whit bass fishing and walleyes.


name: Jonathan
city: stephen
Area: Drayton
: jonman10@hotmail.com
Date: Monday May 10, 2004
Time: 05:59:08 PM

Red_River

Yea wheres all the big cats? Only been catchin fish under ten pounds. By the way I would like a good recipe for catfish. Mine is getting old.


name: Richard
city: Grafton
Area: Drayton
Date: Monday May 10, 2004
Time: 12:58:42 PM

Red_River

Fishing at the Drayton dam this weekend (Saturday)was sporadic at best. Caught a couple 5-7lb cats along with quite a few good eating 1-2lb kittys. Not too many people like eating catfish around here...can't understand why. Folks in the South love em, me included. Preparation is the key... anyone interested in a great recipe, just respond on this chat board.

I also saw a few Northerns and Sauger caught. See ya


name: glatz
city: GForks
Area: Grand Forks
: glatzhof@aero.und.edu
Date: Friday May 07, 2004
Time: 07:20:31 PM

Red_River

CHannels are on rite now along snags north of the boat launch especially, avg size 9-10 lbs with a cat every 20 mins or so on avg between our three guys off the boat. Last few days catchin 15, 16, 17, 18 lbs and today pulled in a 25 lb 36incher off goldeneyes.


name: glatz
city: GForks
Area: Grand Forks
: glatzhof@aero.und.edu
Date: Friday May 07, 2004
Time: 07:20:26 PM

Red_River

CHannels are on rite now along snags north of the boat launch especially, avg size 9-10 lbs with a cat every 20 mins or so on avg between our three guys off the boat. Last few days catchin 15, 16, 17, 18 lbs and today pulled in a 25 lb 36incher off goldeneyes.


name: ray
city: westbend
Area: Other area
: shoeman@nconnect.net
Date: Friday May 07, 2004
Time: 12:21:43 PM

Red_River

could anyone tell me where the closest place to fish in the red river is from wisconsin.whats the best month to fish for walleyes and catfish.


name: ray
city: westbend
Area: Other area
: shoeman@nconnect.net
Date: Friday May 07, 2004
Time: 12:20:57 PM

Red_River

could anyone tell me where the closest place to fish in the red river is from wisconsin.whats the best month to fish for walleyes and catfish.


Name: Brett Bierman
City: Platteville
: dreessens@ mhct.net
Remote Name: 216.180.201.61
Date: Thursday May 06, 2004
Time: 09:05:36 PM

Hunting_Talk

Hi all, I'v been in North Dakota hunting prerrie dogs and mule deer hunting. I'll be hunting in 3 years.


Name: John
City: Council Bluffs
Date: Tuesday May 04, 2004
Time: 07:23:06 PM

Missouri_River

I just wanted the heads up on some walleyes (saugers),northerns ,crappies, and cats on the Missouri within minutes of Omaha and Council Bluffs.


name: Southwest Fisher
city: FArgo
Area: Fargo
Date: Monday May 03, 2004
Time: 05:22:42 PM

Red_River

Fished for cats on the Dike in Fargo this weekend. Did alright with the largest at 7 lbs, lots of steady action at dusk. As always, they like the chum.


name: WALLEY
city: ST PAUL
Date: Monday May 03, 2004
Time: 04:10:02 PM

Lake_Sakakawea

LAKE SAKAKAWEA


name: ray
city: west bend
Area: Grand Forks
: shoeman@nconnect.net
Date: Monday May 03, 2004
Time: 03:13:57 PM

Red_River

Just wondering if anyone ever fishes in emerson and whats the best month to go there and fish for walleyes and cats. Also like fishing for goldeyes and smoking them.My grampa lives in emerson so i visit him once a year. I live in wisconsin so its a long trip there. Any help is greatly appreciated.


name: Richard
city: Grafton
Area: Drayton
: anderson@gra.midco.net
Date: Monday May 03, 2004
Time: 02:07:45 PM

Red_River

You guys are killing me. I've been dying to get to the river and start fishing again, but my weekends have been booked solid. I'll begin my adventure right after mom's day. I've only fished the Red for a year (came from Phoenix) and had nothing but fun. I had the privilage of meeting some great people, caught some monster cats, pike and walleye. I wish you all a safe fishing season.


name: Brad
city: Grand Forks
Area: Grand Forks
Date: Monday May 03, 2004
Time: 10:18:53 AM

Red_River

Friday I had my first river adventure of 2004. Fished for about three hours with only one move. Landed six cats. Not bad for not exhibiting much effort.


name: catfish hunter
city: grand forks
Area: Grand Forks
Date: Sunday May 02, 2004
Time: 08:43:22 AM

Red_River

caught alot of nice cats on the red river this week biggest one 17lbs then a 16,a few 15s, 2 13,s and a bunch between 10 and 12 with a few smaller ones


name: Jonny
city: Stephen
Area: Comment
Date: Saturday May 01, 2004
Time: 12:18:44 PM

Red_River

I almost got pulled into the river at Drayton when I was a kid. I wish I knew what was on the end of my line. Makes a guy wonder what the biggest fish in the river is. Fishing there, from my experiences, is either really great or decent. Never went there without catching a cat so I guess I cant complain.