This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of professional fishing guide service, MN Fishing Connections. “Walleye fishing most often changes this time of year and over the years many anglers miss out on the opportunity. Fishing shallow in the “dog days of summer” is nothing new for anglers in the know,” shares Tom.
Here in the Grand Rapids area, like other locations in Minnesota, walleyes move into the weeds in mid summer and stay there for weeks on end. Spinner fishing with a minnow or half crawler the perfect combination for success. Gold spinners with flash and vibration are something the most finicky walleyes can’t resist. Speed is an important factor and 1.0-1.3 mph trolling spinners over the top of the weeds is about perfect. Many lakes in the Grand Rapids area contain numbers of walleyes that can be taken with this presentation. Pokegama, Trout, Wabana, Splithand, and Bowstring are all lakes that have the good weed growth that attracts walleyes in the heat of the summer.
There are also bonus fish such as northern pike, jumbo perch and even crappies that utilize shallow weeds in the summer for food and cover. Many times when contacting panfish such as crappies and bluegills, a slip bobber and a small leech or minnow on a plain hook or small jig can put fish on the end of your line. They too are on the weed edges and moving from weed bed to weed bed can be the best way to find active fish. Splithand, bays on Pokegama, Loon, and Trout lakes are all good choices to try. As the nights become cooler the locations may slightly change, but for now the best and most consistent bite for several species are on the tops of weeds and along the edges,