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  1. Red River 9-30-21

    Recent hot days have water temps holding at 63 degrees. The lack of moisture over the past few weeks has river flows back down to about nothing. Over the past week catfish have not been responding well. We are back to the see fish and nobody bites of they pick up the bait and half-heartedly swim around with it. That being said shore anglers below the dams in very shallow stretches are reporting better quality fish as they are feeding where there is some current. Bait of choice is anyone’s guess as they don’t seem to prefer or avoid any one bait.

    As we come into October it is the ...
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  2. Red River 9-21-21

    Cool mornings and shorter days are leading to the end of the 2021 season. Right now the water temperature is holding at about 63 degrees which is a great place to be for a couple more weeks of fishing. Water levels while still low are very stable which is a good thing. Catfish seem to have moved into more traditional break line spots near holes. They appear to still be hanging out of the current (even though there is very little current) mostly in holes on inside corners. The bite appears to be the best it has been in the past couple months and the fish are looking a little better. Really big ...
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  3. Red River at Grand Forks 9-15-21

    The river is still low but it is substantially better than a few weeks ago at about 700 cfs in Grand Forks. While it is still not great it is good for the fish. The catfish seem to be responding to the stable higher water quite well with many good reports coming in. Fish are being caught pretty much everywhere right now. It appears they have moved to the channel edges and more traditional spots for this time of year.

    Sit times still seem to be about 30 minutes. Baits have been pretty much everything but I have noticed that frogs are better than the others.
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  4. Red River 9-7-21

    We have water for now. The rains of that past couple weeks have brought the river up to over 1,000 cfs at Grand Forks and that is moving north. While it is still not a ton of water it is truly blessing for the fish to keep them going. It probably won’t last long but for now all ramps are useable. North Grand Forks and North Drayton will be useable for the next week or so with little worry of wrecking too much equipment. I am hearing from anglers all over that the fish are finally feeding aggressively and even looking a little better that just last week. As expected the catfish have moved into ...
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  5. Red River 9-1-21

    We have had a bit more rain and the flow is nearly double what it was last week. It appears to still not be enough for the fish to respond positively with a more consistent bite. Keep doing what you were doing to catch fish. They are still lined up on the back of inside corners just hanging out. Like the past weeks if you can find current you will find fish.

    All baits were working with frog and frozen sucker being the best. This past week frog was the answer to getting bites. This is not surprising given the rains have made way for dew so there is much more frog movement during the ...
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  6. Red River 8-25-21

    Rains last weekend brought flows up a little bit. It’s not enough to notice really on the gauges but if you are out there every day you notice it. The fish have responded to the little influx very positively. Still if you can find current you find more fish. They are still lined up on that inside shelf as well. It seems the active fish will go fairly quickly but don’t leave to fast as there might be another one along soon.

    All baits were working with frog and frozen sucker being the best. I would give the edge to sucker but I don’t think it really matters.

    The highlight ...
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  7. Red River 8-17-21

    Flow in Grand Forks as of this writing is 204cfs. I figure a matter of days before we go below the lows of 1988. Catfish are biting if you are patient, most of them are smaller with the occasional bigger fish mixed in. They still look kind of sick. The one noticeable difference this week from last week is the fish are lined up on inside corners near beaver houses. Generally, if you run side imaging in these areas you will see cats lined up on the third of the river near the bank. Just because you see fish on the depth finder but it doesn’t mean that they will bite so you have to keep on the move ...
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  8. Red River 8-12-21

    Flow in Grand Forks as of this writing is 240cfs down even more after the inch of rain a few days ago. The fish are biting if you are patient, most of them are smaller with the occasional bigger fish mixed in. That fish has a big head and is skinny and pretty sad looking. The key to fish now is work the outer edges to the middle of smaller holes where the river is narrower. If you can find spots where the river gets very narrow and creates current you should find fish. You have to try lots of spots. You can see fish on the depth finder but it doesn’t mean that they will bite so you have to keep ...
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  9. Red River 8-2-21

    Things are looking up this week. After attending the Cats Incredible tournament over the weekend, I am encouraged that we still have lots of fish to catch. There were many reports of good numbers of fish and a few big fish mixed in to boot. One thing stood out from most reports was that the fishing was much better early in the morning which is something I noticed earlier in the week.

    It appears you have to try lots of spots and try to find the right bait. Goldeye and day old dead sucker (packed on ice) has been the big winner the past few days. Patterning is still there really isn’t ...
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  10. Red River 7-28-21

    I wish one week I could write this report and say something like “WOW” we got rain or this is happening. The low water continues to get lower with Grand Forks 430 cfs and Drayton just over 500 cfs. (The lowest I have ever fished at Grand Forks is 1,200 prior to this year.)

    All in all, the fishing for the past few days has been really bad. Finding active fish is difficult with no current as there is just nothing to hold them. The way we fish up here from shore or anchored you are just hoping to put bait near a fish. There is also no way to make a scent trail from the bait. The key ...
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  11. Red River 7-21-21

    The low water woes continue and appear to have no end in sight. Fargo is down to 133 cfs, Grand Forks 629 cfs and Drayton 746 cfs. (The lowest I have ever fished at Grand Forks is 1,200 prior to this year.) This pretty much limits us with normal boats to fishing above the dams that still have deeper pools. Jet boats, kayaks and shore fishing can have pretty much private fishing below the dams now. These shallow areas should have pinch points making current and have great fish nearby.

    The key right now is to find current of any kind. If you find current you find fish. Once you find ...
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  12. Drayton Dam Conditions 7-11-21

    Fished at the Drayton Dam yesterday. Here are some photos taken from the bottom of the ramp. It is getting pretty nasty up there. It is fishable but be very careful. I know my way around and its getting scary. There are many long stretches that are 2-3' and small areas of 1-2' in between. Until we get rain I won't be fishing below Drayton Dam after this week.
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