Captainbrad

  1. Red River 6-15-21

    Water temperature is nearing 80 this week and many of the fish are now on the nest or getting ready.

    Again, this week fishing has been spotty in most areas with lack of current to hold fish and make them predictable. Most sections of the river are in or nearing spawn. Numbers of smaller fish are being reported with a few bigger fish mixed in. This is not what many anglers like to hear but it’s that time of year. The Drayton stretch is still producing pre spawn fish more than some other areas but is also showing signs of spawning fish. Best baits have been fresh to attract hunting ...
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  2. Red River 6-10-21

    With incredibly hot temperatures over the weekend and to present the catfish are heading to the nest. I have started seeing males protecting the nests and others acting like they are looking for a nest. The bad news is the bite will slow. The good news is it looks to stay hot hurrying the spawn up.

    Fishing has been spotty in most areas with lack of current to hold fish and make them predictable. The Drayton stretch has more current and is still producing pre spawn fish more than some other areas. Best baits have been fresh to attract hunting fish. Keep in mind that this heat will ...
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  3. Red River 6-1-21

    Get ready for some catfish shock. The forecast is everything we don’t want. Nice stable comfortable weather right to nasty hot. Water temps will be rising very fast into the 70s and shocking the fish for a few days and then I suspect the spawn will be close behind.

    In the meantime get out and take advantage of what we have left of the prespawn. The water levels in the Drayton area are back to low in step with the rest of the Red River. The fish feeding in the faster water for now which I expect to slow down the early part of next week after the heat. Sit times have been 15-20 minutes ...
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  4. Red River 5-23-21

    It’s been a wild week. We were blessed with rains that gave the fish a fresh drink. Water levels remain seriously low from Oslo to the south and heavy rains brought Drayton up nearly four feet and it is quickly falling now. The cool temperatures have brought water temperatures from about 68 to the low 60s. The forecast now looks to be cool for the next days. This is not a bad thing as it will prolong the prespawn bite.

    Catfish have been a bit confused with all the weather and are hanging out in slower current areas and even very shallow. Sit times have been tough to nail down but ...
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  5. Red River 5-18-21

    The water temperatures have really come up the past few days. Some sections of river are producing fish better than others. Most areas are fishing like it is mid-summer as the lack of current seems to have not sparked the catfish to make their annual upstream migration. The best spots to locate big fish have been deeper water in the middle of the channel. Move fairly quickly not staying more than 20-30 minutes unless you are on fish.

    The best bait has been goldeye with sucker coming in second. There has been a lot of the picking and pecking still so use smaller baits to ensure the ...
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  6. Red River 5-12-21

    The water temperature has stayed fairly stable all week and is beginning to go up again with this week’s warm up. The water temperature as of this writing is 57. In some sections of the river this has the fish beginning to kick into high gear and in other sections it really has not made a big difference yet. It may be that because the river is extremely low and the lack of current is not spurring the upstream migration that we are used to most springs.

    The past week fishing in deeper faster water has been the key. We still have to sort through quite a few little ones to get to the ...
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  7. Red River 5-6-21

    The water temperature finally reached 50 last Friday and is now holding at 54. The bite started improve a little each day. Lots of picking and pecking have some good solid hits mixed in. The big fish are coming alive right now and it appears it will only get better from here.

    There really is no pattern as there are fish to be caught everywhere. Cutbait or frogs put at the bottom using a 20-30 minute sit time is really all it takes. Try a few spot and keep moving until you find what works for you.

    We have a few more cool days and cold nights before the weather is supposed ...

    Updated 05-06-2021 at 10:07 AM by Captainbrad

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  8. Red River 4-28-21

    The recent warm up of the past couple days are helping water temperatures and the forecast for the next week looks great to get things kicked off for the season. Water temperature is currently at 48 degrees. The magic number is 50-plus sustained for 5-7 days to get the big cats moving and feeding heavy. Right now, the water levels are nearly perfect for getting around. Not high and not too low.

    Catfish are being caught but the bite is spotty. Smaller fish are showing up in the shallows with the occasional big fish being caught. Bigger fish are still holed up and metabolisms are low ...
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  9. Red River at Grand Forks 9-1-20

    After 2 months of up and down water levels we are finally down to a stable level. It is a little high for this time of year but that is ok. We have lots of big fish around and they are putting on the feed bag getting ready for winter. the past couple weeks they have been there but somewhat moody. The past three days have been game on and the fish are getting bigger and more plentiful with the stability of conditions.

    Best baits for me have been frogs and one day dead suckers. The fish have been on the off current seam until the past two days they moved to the main current.
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  10. Red River 5-6-20

    Grand Forks finally opened up this week. Water temp is 56 and the water is still falling quickly from the flood making for confused catfish. They are there just not all that active. It looks like things are finally beginning to level off so it is just days away.

    Some fish are being caught out of the current on the shelf near the slower current seam. (In short inside corners) It takes 12-15 minutes for fish to find and pickup the bait then decide they want it. Once the water levels off they will go from picking to hitting.

    My kid did stick a couple good ones over the past ...
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  11. Red River 4-30-20

    The Red at Grand Forks is just below flood stage. The Lincoln Park ramp is open and the North Landing should be open soon. East Grand Forks is about a week out.

    Water temps are in the mid 50s and water levels are stabilizing which says there should be great fishing on the weekend or early next week. There are already some reports of cats being caught in shallow still water areas along the bank.
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  12. Red River 7-24-19

    The short flood is over and the catfishing is getting better each day. There are good numbers of post spawn catfish in the system right now and as the water levels flatten out the bite will continue to get better. Best baits have been sucker and frog hands down. The best areas to fish are current seams just off the main current. As the water levels flatten the fish will move more to the middle and onto the main seams. Things should be in high gear by the weekend.
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