Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Channel catfish on the Red overrides river's nasty reputation, guide says

Brad Durick says its not uncommon for his party to pull 250 to 300 pounds of catfish out of the river each day. While he understands the Red’s reputation, he simply doesn’t agree with it.

Northland Outdoors Podcast Brightspot
We are part of The Trust Project.

GRAND FORKS — To some, the north-flowing Red River separating North Dakota and Minnesota only comes to mind in the spring when it will most often spill over its banks. Channel catfish anglers have quite a different opinion.

In this episode of the Northland Outdoors Podcast, host Chad Koel talks with one of the most experienced catfish anglers on the Red River, Brad Durick of Grand Forks.

“It's the finest channel cat fishery on the planet,” Durick says of the Red.

Durick, a guide , says its not uncommon for his party to pull 250 to 300 pounds of catfish out of the river each day. While he understands the Red’s reputation, he simply doesn’t agree with it.

“What I found is people who grew up here and about the last three generations have been taught to be deathly afraid of it,” Durick says. “And I mean I've literally on two different occasions heard a grandmother and a mother tell a little kid don't look at it or you'll die. And we've taught generations of locals to be scared of it. I'm not a local. So I mean I came in and I didn't know any better. And here I am.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Catching huge cats.

“tt's all about the fight,” Durick says. “I mean, people who have never done it and do it for the first time when that fish is kicking their butt running upstream. I just think it's funny because most of them are just absolutely shocked at the pure raw power that they have when they're fighting and they're plentiful.

I mean, fishing is really good.”

MORE FISHING COVERAGE IN NORTHLAND OUTDOORS:
Law enforcement and natural resources agencies such as the DNR all have issued numerous news releases urging people to put safety first on the ice. Unfortunately, you can't legislate common sense.
The ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign started at Lake of the Woods. More recently, Upper and Lower Red Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Lake Vermilion and the Fairmont Chain of Lakes came on board.
Lessons abound after 200 Red Lake anglers were stranded on ice they thought was safe.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources report for the week of Nov. 28.
All anglers have been safely evacuated from Upper Red Lake according to a 3:20 p.m. update from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.
For many who fish through holes in the ice, there’s an anticipation for that first ice fishing excursion that surpasses – dare I say – the attraction of getting in a boat for the first time after a long winter.
The annual event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is the unofficial kickoff to ice fishing season.
The DNR conducts the fall population survey over 17 days, beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day, setting 64 nets at sites across the Minnesota side of the lake from the south shore to the Northwest Angle.
Organizing gear, refilling tackle boxes, attending ice fishing shows are good ways to bide time.
Minnesota DNR finds nearly three times more little "herring" than any recent year.

Listen to the Northland Outdoors podcasts, and other  Forum Communications' podcasts on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

What to read next
The late-season hunt will open Friday, Dec. 16, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 18. DPAs open to this CWD management hunt are 184, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655.
All the items are available locally and some are made in the Northland. More than half the items are $50 or less.
Retired teacher Larry Weber, a Barnum resident, is the author of several books, including “Butterflies of the North Woods,” “Spiders of the North Woods,” “Webwood” and “In a Patch of Goldenrods.” Contact him via Katie Rohman at krohman@duluthnews.com.
Snow Friday will be followed by some chilly temperatures