Anyone leaving Fargo area heading to Red? I'm free Thursday's and have my own gear and equipment. Can help with fuel cost. I'm stuck in a semi. Don't have any buddies serious enough to fish with me. PM if you like to talk or introduce myself further.
How thick is the ice already?
Hey thanks Pimply Swede. A four wheeler could be done easy enough. Is the night bite worth staying out on the ice? If so, that may be an option as well. We've gone to LOW for years and the lack of any night bite is always a bummer. JRs is the place that I've heard about from other people so I'll probably get ahold of them. Looks like they're getting some weather up that way.
GL10 - I just checked my (successful) waypoints from the past 2 years of early ice. I don't think .5 mile will get you there, for middle of the day fishing, anyway. Maybe first/last light they'll be in that close, but then they move out to deeper water.
Couple things to consider - early ice is very rough, makes for tough walking for an elderly (and some not-so-elderly) person.
Also, what weekend/week are you thinking of? Last year, first weekend of December we were able to ride wheelers out a couple or so miles. They didn't allow wheelhouses out yet.
Year before we went second weekend of December, and our sleeper shack was out over fishable water - still couldn't take cars/trucks out yet that weekend, but they were letting wheelers and side-by-sides go out several miles along a marked trail.
We're doing second weekend again this year. Being able to fish all night long in the comfort of a sleeper is more attractive to our group.
Are you for sure walking out? Bringing a wheeler not possible? And what outfitter were you thinking of going out of? The guys at JR's corner have been awesome to us, as well as Bear Paw.
Thinking about coming up to Red early ice. I'd be bringing an older guy and am wondering if walking distance to fish from one of the access points may be too far for him to walk. Half mile may be about as far as he can make it. If anyone could just give me an approximate distance we'd have to hike. Thank you in advance.
How are the snow and ice conditions?
My buddies and I are hoping to try this lake for the first time this weekend with a snowmobile towing gear. We are thinking of sleeping overnight in the popup. If the ice is still very slippery I may need to stud my track before the trip.
Also any free public access? We are thinking of Jrs corner access as well though it is a private access.
Thanks in advance!
My kids, my brother, and I got out for a few hours one day over Thanksgiving weekend to catch some early ice action on Upper Red Lake in Minnesota. We went out of JR's Corner and fished in about 8-10 feet of water. The iFish Pros and tip ups were the hot setup for us. We only managed one fish jigging. What a surprise! Thanks for watching!