This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, professional angler and fishing industry representative. Book your summer fishing trip with Tom now. His schedule fills up, and it’s never too early to book your fishing trip to Grand Rapids!
The much needed colder weather has started to lock up the ice conditions once more. Because of the excess snow fall of late, there has been a build up of slush on area lakes which makes travel difficult.
Crappies, bluegills, and perch have been the targeted species of late. They bite sporadically off and on during the day and have been more cooperative to anglers. Drilling several holes in the area in which you want to fish is key to finding fish that want to bite, Many times its difficult to use two lines because of moving from hole to hole to find active fish can be time consuming. It really helps to use your electronics when attempting to locate schools of fish and then drop a line right to them.
For some of the better panfish lakes to try in the Grand Rapids area are Big and Little Splithand, Rice, Bass, Loon, Little Ball Club, Dunbar and Little Cutfoot for a good stable variety of species and size. Small tungsten jigs and a light action rod with good electronics can be all you need. Sometimes a small search bait like a #3 Jigging Rapala or spoon tipped with several euro larvae can call in active fish. Many times when panfish get finicky just one fat wax worm on the tip of a tungsten jig will be what’s needed to attract a bite. Make sure you stop in at a local bait shop like Thousand Lakes Sports in Grand Rapids or Fred’s Bait in Deer River to get the latest information on good lakes to try.
For other winter visitors that want to enjoy other opportunities, the cross country skiing and snowmobiling trails are in great shape. With near perfect snow amounts, the Grand Rapids area offers several different winter activities for families coming north.