This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tm Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections. Tom Neustrom is a professional fishing guide that is an inductee of the MN Fishing Hall of Fame and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
The 2018 Fishing Opener has come and gone with mostly good to excellent results. With weather starting off a little cool in the low 30’s, fishing for walleyes started out slow, but as the day started to warm, so did the fishing. As predicted the shallow bite of post spawn walleyes was the best presentation. A 1/8th ounce jig and minnow, slip sinker rig with a minnow, and small shallow running Shad Raps were the top baits. Lakes with darker water were better choices than crystal clear types and they usually warm up quicker.
Good reports came from Big Cutfoot and Bowstring Lakes where hundreds of anglers found good shallow water fishing. Some anglers slow rolled the 5-8 foot breaks and others pitched jigs shallow with good results. With water temperatures in the low 50’s the walleye fishing will continue to improve on all the lakes in Itasca County. It’s a great time to get out fishing and the tradition of Opening Weekend lingers on for a few weeks.
Crappie fishing was also decent and anglers fishing shoreline wood and old reed beds caught nice crappies on several area lakes. Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids had good crappie fishing in shallow bays and short harbor spots. A small jig and minnow under a small float was all you needed. Get out and enjoy the fishing that provides many memories.
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a GREAT location to come for a fishing trip. There are 1,007 lakes to fish for walleyes, northerns, muskies, crappies, sunfish, large mouth and small mouth bass, bluegills, trout, and perch.