This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of professional fishing guide service, MN Fishing Connections.
With the warmer weather of late the walleye bite definitely heated up and there has been good fishing on area lakes. Some of the best to try are Big Winnie, Moose, Bowstring, and Trout lake in Coleraine. A Mooneye jig and a shiner is working well and the walleyes are starting to be taken on a leech and a rig pretty consistently. For the trollers, shad raps fished in the evening have been producing on Pokegama and Sugar lake, Walleyes for the day fisherman are starting to move off shore and pay attention to sunken islands close to shore to start with.
Crappie fishing has also been very good in the shallows on area lakes and that too will continue to be good. They are starting to move into spawning areas and can be taken on a slip bobber and a minnow fished in 2-5 feet of water. Bass fishing has also improved dramatically in the last week and smallmouth bass are starting to move into and occupy spawning areas. Bluegills are on the beds on several of the lakes and remember to release the larger ones and keep the smaller ones to eat. The fishing is heating up so get out and enjoy some of the early summer action.
This year we encourage you to make Grand Rapids, Minnesota your NEW Fishing Destination! With over 1,000 lakes, and a wide variety of species to catch! If there is a specific species of fish that you are wanting to catch, check out the MN DNR Lake Finder website that helps guide you to Itasca County lakes HERE. Bring the entire family because we have lots of other things to do than just fish. Grand Rapids has charming boutique style shops, unique dining that are rustic to fine dining. Grand Rapids also has fun area attractions, a rich art/culture community, and great trails to hike, bike, and ATV in the summer. Learn more things to do HERE.
In Grand Rapids you will find a wide variety of overnight lodging properties to meet everyone’s budget and amenities needs. From Hotels that are conveniently located in town and have on site amenities, economical Motels that are also located in town, Minnesota Resorts that offer cabins that can house up to 12 people where you can cook your own meals and have large gathering areas, a charming Bed and Breakfast that is located on beautiful Pokegama Lake, and Vacation and Lake Rentals. Find all of Grand Rapids Lodging Options HERE.