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Published August 07, 2011, 05:56 PM

Fishing a Flooding Red River

The Red River in Grand Forks has been flirting with flood stage all summer and local anglers say the continued high water is causing them to lose access to some parts of the river.

The Red River in Grand Forks has been flirting with flood stage all summer.

Local anglers say the continued high water is causing them to lose access to some parts of the river.

"Twenty years probably. I'm part of the river," East Grand Forks angler Hugh Reese said.

That's how long Reese has been fishing the Red. He says he hasn't seen the water this high in the summer months since 1997.

"It never usually stays this high this long. I kind of got a feeling it's going to be high all the way into fall," Reese added.

In Grand Forks, the Red is just under flood stage Sunday at about 27 feet. But the higher water level is forcing local fishermen out of their favorite fishing spots and making them cast their lines elsewhere along the river.

"This isn't my normal fishing spot. I usually fish down by the golf course on the east side here. But I come down here whenever the water is high because it's dry here, you know, too muddy to get in any other places," Reese said.

Reese says, even though he has to move, the higher water gets the catfish biting.

"Usually it's pretty good because they come in close to feed on all the stuff that washed in like the night crawlers have to come out or else they drown, so they come to feed on that," Reese said.

Even though the river has closed Greenway trails and boat ramps, Reese says it's not going to stop him from fishing.

The Red River in Grand Forks is expected to continue rising until Monday afternoon. It is expected to reach 27.5 feet, just six inches below flood stage.

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