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Come Catch Lake Trout and Crappies in Grand Rapids

Grant Prokop, owner of Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods, catch this nice lake trout. His trusty side kick, Bennett.

Great fishing for a multitude of species abounds in the Grand Rapids area. Trolling and deep water jigging for lake trout is one of those not talked about species and the techniques are the same as they would be on more well known bodies of water. Sherry’s Arm on Pokegama Lake, and Bluewater Lake are all examples of waters containing good populations of lake trout.

Erica Prokop and Bennet with a nice lake trout.

Especially in the summer months, downrigger or use of lead core line get the baits down to where lake trout are located. Good electronics when you’re checking depths of 50-100 feet is crucial to locating lakers. Lake trout are suckers for flashy spoons, minnow type baits, or dodger and flies trolled at appropriate speeds to trigger strikes. Lake trout feed on deep water forage such as tullibees and smelt therefore duplicating them can be important in contacting roaming trout. Establishing trolling patterns in deep water can be the difference in being successful. Changing baits and concentrating on replicating the forage is also important. Lake trout are fun to catch and great smoked or grilled.

Ellie Walls with nice late summer crappie.

Crappies are starting to pull off the weedlines in Grand Rapids area lakes and the pre-fall fishing is starting to heat up. Small jigs with a small minnow or plastic body will cover most situations to put crappies in the boat. A slip bobber with a plain hook and a minnow also works great. Once crappies move to deeper water in the next few weeks jig fishing will be the better of the two options. Slowly searching for schools of crappies is crucial in locating active fish. Once located use your trolling motor in spot lock position and you can vertically drop a light jig to them with good success. Many of the lakes in the Grand Rapids area contain good populations of crappies. A few to keep in mind are Pokegama, Big and Little Splithand, Little Bowstring, Spider, and Big Cutfoot. Keep the smaller ones to eat and release the larger ones for the future of the lake.

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