Captainbrad

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Red River 7-8-21

    Catfishing remains very good as the post spawn fish continue to feed and bulk back up. It seems fish can be caught about anyway you want to fish for them. Mid river holes seem to be the best right now. Bait selection remains sucker and goldeye. As always in these reports, stay on the move and keep moving until you find active fish. Once you figure out a pattern, repeat it over and over.

    Water levels have reached a new low Grand Forks is just over 900 cfs, Drayton is over 1,200 and Fargo is just above 200 cfs. Some ramps are now too short to launch bigger boats so be very careful. ...
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  4. Red River 6-30-21

    Its safe to say the spawn is done and the catfish are feeding. There are many fish being caught all up and down the Red River. It appears the fish are moving to holes and more summer areas to take up residence. Fish the top, middle and outer edges of holes. Wood may or may not be good with the lack of current but dont overlook it. Bait preference is changing some with the fish preferring dead bait. This means catch or kill your bait and pack it in ice (keeping it away from water) and use it a day or even two days old.

    Water levels are now reaching the lowest I have ever seen. ...
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  5. Red River 6-21-21

    Water levels are beginning to really get scary now. Below the Grand Forks and Drayton dams it is getting very close to the lowest I have ever seen. If you go in these sections of river EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION!

    The catfish are showing signs of the spawn ending. There are some post spawn fish showing up this week as expected with the hot temperatures. There are still some fish on the nest that will be coming out soon. Areas to look at is find any current you can and work the current seams. Fish near snags and cut banks where fish might still be on the nest. One tip is dont be afraid ...
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  6. 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 its 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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  7. 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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  8. Red River 6-1-21

    Get ready for some catfish shock. The forecast is everything we dont 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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  9. Red River 5-23-21

    Its 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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  10. 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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  11. Red River 5-12-21

    The water temperature has stayed fairly stable all week and is beginning to go up again with this weeks 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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  12. 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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