Red Lake Minnesota
Best known for its Giant Black Crappie - Listed as one of the top
10 Walleye fishing lakes in the state of Minnesota.
Plan your next fishing vacation at Tomahawk Lodge. We provide
great lodging accommodations at our family and fishing resort so
the only thing you have to worry about is catching fish. There are
several high quality fishing lakes to choose from, including our
very own Blackduck Lake or you may want to venture off property to
Red Lake where the fishing is great especially if your looking for
huge Black Crappie. Either go out on your own or we will arrange
guided trips for small personal groups or large business getaways.
Fishing trips also make great family vacations! We look forward to
providing you with comfortable lodging at our resort.
Red Lake is a 108,000 acre lake, 56% (60,000 acres) of which is
under the jurisdiction of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
(Red Lake Band). The remaining 44% (48,000 acres) falls under the
jurisdiction of the state of Minnesota. The Department of Natural
Resources stock Red Lake with Walleye every year.
Red Lake is
twenty-four miles long and nine to twelve miles wide and has some
of the best ice fishing that Minnesota has to offer. Many people
enjoy fishing Red Lake year round. Upper Red Lake is famous for
its Crappies, Walleye, Northern Pike, White Fish, Perch and many
other game fish.
A grant was provided to the Upper Red Lake Area Association to
build and install 40 underwater log cribs on the East Side of
Upper Red Lake. Upper Red Lake is one of the largest inland lakes
in Minnesota. These structures enhance the lower-end of the food
chain and create artificial structure to congregate the Black
Crappie for improved sport fishing. The Black Crappie population
in the lake has increased in recent years. The local fishermen say
if you set up on one of these structures and really hit the
Crappies it can be a non-stop feeding frenzy! Making for a great
day out on the ice.
Red Lake MN - Fishing trips in Northern Minnesota
Red Lake Fishing Information from the DNR Website.
Analyses of the fall 2003 gill net sample indicate that walleye
from 11 year classes were sampled. The oldest walleye sampled was
a male from the 1990 year class (age 13+). Approximately
two-thirds (66%) of the walleye sampled were from the 1999 year
class (age 4+), the majority of which were stocked as fry
(verified by detection of an OTC mark). The 1999 year class is
beginning to produce some mature females, which will significantly
increase the size of the spawning population in 2004.
Age analyses of black crappie indicate that five year classes were
sampled. Approximately 90% of fish in the sample were from the
abundant 1995 year class (age 8+). The remaining fish were
scattered among several younger age groups, none of which were
very abundant in comparison to the 1995 year class. Gill net catch
rates were about the same as in 2002, but still followed a gradual
decline from an all-time high recorded in 1996.
Northern pike CPE increased slightly from 2002 to 1.7 fish per
gill net, which is just below the long-term median of 2.0
fish/net. Average size of fish caught in gill nets decreased
slightly from 2002 due to increased numbers of age-1+ and age-2+
fish in the sample. Although overall northern pike size structure
should continue to improve, this trend will not likely be evident
due to difficulties associated with sampling large fish in
experimental gill nets.
CPE of lake whitefish was fairly typical at 0.3 fish per gill net
lift. The relative abundance of lake whitefish has declined from
recent high levels following a significant summer kill in 2001.
Age analyses of yellow perch indicate that eight year classes were
sampled. Approximately 41% of the sample was comprised of perch
less than eight inches in length, and about 95% were less than
nine inches long. Of fish less than nine inches, 90% were age-4 or