This week’s Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report is brought to you by Tom Neustrom. Tom is a professional fishing guide that owns, MN Fishing Connections guide service. Header photo caption: Tony Perlochek from Marshfield, WI caught and released this 26-inch Walleye on Big Winnie with Tom Neustrom.
With the warm weather, fishing continues to be good to excellent for several species in the grand rapids area. The Panfish, Croppies, sunfish have been cooperating quite well for anglers and some of the lakes to try are Pokegama, big bass in Cohasset, big and little split hand, and loon lake. The boat accesses are still marginal at best, so use special care when dropping your boat in the lake.
Small tungsten jigs with a wax worm or small minnow have been doing the job. Walleye fishing continues to be good on area lakes and look for that to continue until Fall turnover occurs. Water temperatures on most of the lakes are in the low to mid 60’s which is far above normal for this time of year. The jib and minnow bites continue to be the best presentation to use and on most area lakes the walleyes continue to be shallow water. There are exceptions to the rule with lakes such as Sugar, Deer, and Trout Lake in Coleraine. Where depths of 20-25 ft would be a better location. Those lakes that are very clear are much better on cloudy days or the last 1-2 hours before sunset. A jig and a shiner and a chub are getting the job done for walleye anglers. Another presentation to look at it in deeper clear lakes is a jigging rap. When there are 2 angles in the boat together using the jigging wrap and the other using jig and minnow, this is the best way to find out the bites. These 2 fisted approaches can really make a difference, especially on deep clear lakes with structure.
Northern Pike fishing has been good and many times you will catch an occasional Northern while using jig fishing for Walleyes. They seem to occupy the same water column as the Walleyes do and for some reason on bright sunny days, they are even more active. Northern Pike fillets are very tasty once you learn how to take the y bone out. The meat is firm and white and has a taste all its own. Sometimes trolling shad wraps spoons and spinnerbaits are great ways to attract Northers this time of year. We in the Grand Rapids area are enjoying one of the most colorful Falls we have seen in years. Come join us in the outdoor wonderland of the north.