HIBBING The only thing constant in nature is change.
When the Minnesota fishing season opens in May it will mark the beginning of yet another new era for Red Lake. Or will it really mark the return to a bygone era?
Either way, walleyes have returned to the lake. The walleyes have returned to the extent that there will be an open season for walleye on Red Lake for the first time since 1999. Anglers will be allowed to take two walleyes from the lake, and there will also be a protected slot for walleyes from 17-26 inches in length, which must be immediately returned to the lake.
Friend of mine just got back going for crappies up there last weekend. Only caught 4 but caught a bunch of 'eyes. Said that the DNR was watching everyone pretty close. When asked what the fine was for an 'eye caught out of season, the reply was 500.00 per fish. I don't try to catch or keep stuff out of season, but I heard a few people up that way were keeping some stuff they shouldn't. Shame on you people! Mmmmmm... 2 'eyes for a thousand bucks.
Come see me I'll get you limits for a hundred a day!I think it is marketing with the eyes on U.R.L. Everyone I've caught is in the slot.It used to be good for crappies ,but it has turned into crappie casino.Now that the crappies have been thinned out the walleyes are doing good. Give it a few years and then it will be worth the drive.It's still a fun place,Joannie and Jerry are great folks at Roger's. You can still find the slabs,but just like Mille Lacs with all of the square acres to fish it is hard to locate them on just a day trip. If I had the time to fish it the slabs would be easier to find I'm sure.If it is walleyes you are after and you do not mind culling then the big pond (Mille Lacs) is a good place to go,it's closer and you can get twice as much.
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