This week’s Grand Rapids late ice fishing season report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections professional guide fishing service. Book your open water Minnesota Fishing Trip TODAY! If Tom is booked he can connect you with other professional fishing guides for the Grand Rapids area.
Wait just a minute. For the die-hard ice fisherman/fishwoman there are still a few options available. The lakes have become better for accessing and getting around has improved over the last week or two. Still use caution when you are out on late season ice. Use the MN DNR Ice Safety as a resource to guide you.
Panfish are the choice of many anglers and late ice opportunities can produce good catches of crappies and sunfish. Locations can definitely vary from lake to lake, but especially crappies. Most anglers routinely look for depths of 25-35 feet during the winter and most often crappies will start to access slightly shallower depths as ice out approaches. Crappies tend to occupy depths of 18-20 feet and they are feeding on daphnia and other critters that become active in the spring time. They can be aggressive biters this time of year and plastics rather than live bait can be a better option.
Juice Bait Co. offers small replica plastics in small morsel sizes that fit the need for down sizing your presentation. Light line and sensitive rods make for the right options this time of year. Electronics are still the key after you drill several holes and moving from hole to hole is essential. Early and late in the day seem to be the best times of the day to find active fish. Big Cutfoot, Bass Lake in Cohasset, Tioga Bay on Pokegama Lake, are all good locations to find late ice panfish. There is still a lot of ice on area lakes, but extreme caution should always be used.
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