Walleye is the most popular of our game fish on Red Lake. Walleye season opener is the third Saturday in May.
Drifting or vertically fishing jigs tipped with a live minnow, leech or night crawler is the most popular presentation for catching these fascinating fish. A mixture of jig colors in 1/16 through 1/2 ounce should be in your tackle.
Other angling methods that produce well are trolling with bottom bouncers and spinner rigs or crankbaits such as the Rapala husky jerk and shad rap or the Storm ThunderStick. When it comes to finesse fishing, live bait rigs such as slip bobber or Lindy rigs works the best.
Light to medium action rods and spinning reels spooled with a clear line in the 6-8lb test range is suitable for most walleye fishing methods. For trolling bottom bouncers and cranks a medium action bait-casting rod and reel works well.
Northern Pike with a demeanor that is unmatched, are one of the most aggressive and hardest fighting freshwater game fish. Pike are abundant throughout Red Lake. Casting or trolling over weed beds and along weed lines is a popular method to catch these aggressive predators. Think bright colors when fishing for these toothy critters. Your tackle should include a wide range of artificial lures including:
Tandem spinnerbaits in the 3/8 to 1 ounce size with gold, silver or orange blades matched with white or florescent skirts.
Larger spoons, including the five of diamonds and red/white Daredevil are a Canadian tradition.
Inline spinners such as the Mepp’s Musky Killer.
Imitation minnow lures such as Rapala Husky Jerks and Storm Thunderstick.
Rat-L-Traps in larger sizes, emphasis on red, blue, silver and gold.
Large jigs 3/8 – 3/4 oz tipped with 4-6 inch twister tails.
Under most conditions, Northerns will eagerly attack just about every kind of live and artificial bait presented to them. A good rod and reel combination to pursue lunker gators with is a 6 – 7 ft medium heavy action rod with a bait casting reel spooled with 12 – 30 lb test line. Braided line such as Power Pro is an excellent choice with a 6 – 12″ leader attaching your lure. Many anglers prefer to use spinning rods and reels, which is fine. Many huge pike have unintentionally been caught while jigging for walleye using lighter equipment. It is suggested to use at least a 10 lb test line with wire leader.
Our lake waters has a slot size limit of 27.5 – 35.4 inches, pike in this length range must be released. Northern Pike fishing season is open year round.
After ice-out, Lake Trout cruise the shoreline shallows and reefs in depths shallower than 20 feet. They will hang out at these depths until water temperatures start to rise later in the spring. Once the water warms above the mid 50 degrees range, the lake trout seek the cooler depths. Look for them in depths usually in the 60′-120′ water column. Troll with downriggers, wire line, or dipsy divers, using crankbaits or flashy spoons. Vertical jigging with spoons or 1-2 oz jigs and a white mister twister tail tipped with a minnow or cut bait is another popular summer fishing method.
A medium action fishing rod and spinning reel spooled with plenty of 8-12 lb test line is a suitable choice throughout the seasons.
The legendary Muskellunge (Muskie) is Canada’s largest freshwater predator fish. Dedicated muskie anglers live for the chance to catch this fish which is referred to as the “fish of 10,000 casts”. Muskie season opens on the 3rd Saturday of June and closes on December 15. The minimum length in which you may keep one fish with a sport fishing license is 48″. We strongly urge our guests to practice C.P.R. Catch- Picture- Release.
Early season success can come to those who fish areas close to weed and reed filled bays. Jerkbaits, in-line bucktails and spinnerbaits in natural colors perform well in our clear waters. Many classic muskie holding structures including saddles, underwater humps, mid lake shoals, weeds, deep shorelines and fallen shoreline trees. Deep water trolling with crankbaits above the baitfish often produces.
Quality equipment is essential for muskie fishing. A 6 1/2 – 7 ft. medium heavy action baitcasting rod and baitcasting reel spooled with 30-65 lb test braided line works well. Polarized sunglasses, camera, soft measuring tape and a release kit with bolt cutters and long nosed pliers should be part of your basic tackle.
Red Lake does not have a large muskie population, although we see a few caught every year. If you are serious about landing one of these elusive fish, then a portage to Flat Lake is recommended. Flat lake is a great muskie lake, with a large population of trophy sized fish.