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Brad's Bites: Dropping Degrees

The nights have been cold over the past week, and we are losing just about a degree per night in water temperature on the Red River. Right now, we are just under 60 degrees, meaning there really isn't much time left for the good catfish bite of...

 

Brad's Bites: Fall Flux

What a difference few cool nights can make in the catfish bite on the Red River. It is that time of year, and when things change like this, the fish can get moody. The cold fronts bring the water temperatures down and that can shock the fish in the...

 

Brad's Bites: Good Gets Better

If you can believe it catfishing got better that it already has been on the Red River. The pattern has remained mostly the same from the past two weeks and fish can be found right in the middle of the river at the heads of holes. They are in the...

 

Brad's Bites: Good cat bite continues on the red

It has been a good week for channel catfish on the Red River once again. There are lots of fish that are willing to play. Fish right in the middle of the river at the heads of holes or back in the middle of them. The catfish seem to not be liking...

 

Brad's Bites: Floating Frogs for Cats

Not much has changed with catfishing on the Red River since last week's reports. Water temperatures remain in the mid-70s and catfish are still in the middle of the river for the most part. If the weather is stable, they are in the heads of the...

 

Brad's Bites: Catfish in the Dog Days

This past week on the Red River has been a little bit slower for catfishing, but overall it is still very good. The big change has been the water levels and flows are falling. Some rain going down the stretch would be great. The bite is steady with...

 

Brad's Bites: A Stellar Stretch

Catfishing on the Red River has been quite stellar this week. We have had lots of big fish coming in. If you know where you want to fish, things have been pretty easy as the catfish have been hanging out in the mid-river holes toward the front. One t...

 

Brad's Bites: A Summer Catfish Thing

The big news this week for catfish anglers on the Red River is that both boat ramps in Drayton are open. That means that all ramps on the Red River are now open and usable. Fishing this week has shifted to a full-on summer pattern. The fish are sprea...

 

Brad's Bites: Cats Still Spawning?

It appears we had a second spawn or late spawn this year. It really doesn't matter but it is noticeable this week that we have a bunch more beat up and skinny fish. The bite continues to be good if not great up and down the Red River. Water levels ar...

 

Brad's Bites: Some Shifting on Red River

Catfishing continues to be good on the Red River in and around Grand Forks but has slowed some over the past week. The heat and a water color variation have made fishing a little tougher but it is still outstanding. There are still many big fish arou...

 

Brad's Bites: Despite Drop, Action Up

Since last week, the Red River in Grand Forks has fallen over five feet. After just a few days off the water for the Independence Day holiday, it is like a totally different world out there as far as how things look. Looks are one thing, catfishing i...

 
 By Brad Durick    Recreation    July 4, 2022

Brad's Bites: Game On!

My what a difference a few days can make for catfishing on the Red River. We went from sluggish fishing with a big fish from time to time to GAME ON! Big fish are biting fast and often. Right now, the fish are on fire and it really does not matter...

 

Brad's Bites: Catfish Spawn is On

The big news this week is the ramps in the Fargo/Moorhead area are opening up. Grand Forks where I am fishing is nearly perfect for boating by my standards. All three ramps are now open. No docks yet but I suspect they will be coming shortly....

 

Brad's Bites: A Late Start

We finally got in the Red River at Grand Forks on Sunday, June 12. As far as I know the two Grand Forks ramps are the only two open boat accesses on the on the Red River right now. As of now there should be little change. Due to the river levels...

 

Brad's Bites: Falling Toward a Bite

Finally, I get to tell you something good. The projections the past few days on the Red River have the ramps in Grand Forks opening as early as Saturday, but it will probably more like Monday. Water...

 
 By Brad Durick    Recreation    June 6, 2022

Brad's Bites: Red Levels Surging Again

Storms over the weekend have put our flood situation on the Red River right back where it was last week. Only this time, we will have to wait a week for the river to rise and fall again. It now looks...

 
 By Brad Durick    Recreation    May 30, 2022

Brad's Bites: Getting the Drop

All of my Red River reports from last year had some mention of low water and dealing with where we could and could not go. Let's start 2022 off with a change. We have been flooding here on the Red...

 

Brad's Bites: Low Flow

Water levels on the northern Red River are beginning to get really 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...

 

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