I'm heading up there for the first time tomorrow. Hopefully it will be a very good de-virginizing experience Heading out of Hillmans...Staying in a sleeper. Should be really fun! Wish us luck! I'll bring back pics!
VERY DISAPPOINTED! My buddies have been going up there for a few years now and this year I was invited. Heard nothing but their amazing fishing stories so I was expecting some really good world class fishing. Went out of Hillmans about 5.5 miles. Had a sleeper. The house caught 5 eyes, 2 perch and 1 northern the entire weekend. Never even saw a crappie. Weather was nice and I had tried everything but to no avail. Might be going up in March because we had a tip that they (the crappie's) could be comming later. On a positive note, I caught my first fish on a tip up! 4 pound northern. Then I caught a really nice 19" on it as well. Other than that it was slo o o o o ow!
If I understand the historic elements of Red Lake correctly the crappie only came on really strong when the walleye were almost wiped out. Now that the walleye population is back up to where it should be the crappie populations are sure to drop back down to what should be considered normal levels.
The crappies in red lake only benefited from a man made problem, it wasn't nature taking its course. So you can either have a huge crappie fishery created by an unnatural lack of walleye or you can have a balanced fishery the way it was intended with a healthy walleye population along with a normal crappie population.
Even if the walleye never came back the way Red Lake crappie got fished it was just a matter of time for the populations to take a dip.
Although this is only the first year of slow fishing, so perhaps the crappie are just fine but are just not as active this year. We all know some years are good and some are bad.
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