Grand Rapids Fishing Report
As we get into fall, the bass fishing has improved with the temperatures cooling. And will continue to get better and better. Both species of bass are moving off the weed lines and are changing depths weekly. Currently you should be seeking out areas in the 10-20 foot depth on lakes for consistent bass fishing. As the weed begin to die it causes both species to seek different food sources that are deeper. Still a bait called the ned rig and deep running crank baits will probably be your best choices. Legendary anglers Al and Jim Lindner have come to Itasca County and found both species of bass to be to their liking. We have been a major tournament location for national bass tournaments in the last 3-5 years. And they continue to seek out Itasca County as one of the best places for future tournament sites. Lakes to consier for outstanding fall bass fishing are Pokegama turtle spider and trout (Coleraine).
Walleye fishing continues to be very good on area lakes. And they are shallower that we had expected them to be. Due to the hot weather in the summer it forced the walleyes into the shallows for food and comfort. Depts of 4-8 feet have been the best locations to find walleyes. Sand, gravel and rock have been prime locations where you can locate walleyes. Big Winnie has been a good location for consistent fall walleye fishing. 1/8 ounce VMC mooneye jig and a chub or shiner have been really good baits to try. Fish of all sizes have been coming to the boat from small to big, and there are some bonus jumbo perch and northern pike have been in the mix. Keep moving to ares with not only rock and gravel but assorted weeds also, and you will find walleyes in each of these areas around the lake.
Crappie fishing will increase as the weather cools and a location that crappies will be in deeper basin on area lakes. Look for soft bottom bays in depth of 18-25 feet, and these will be their pre-winter locations. It is a famanimom that happens every year and vertically fishing a small jig and a minnow or plastic over the top of the schools of crappies is one of the best presentations. Keep moving until you find these schools of crappies and then put your electric motor in spot lock to sit on top of them. Area lakes to consider for fall crappie fishing are Bowstring, Big Jessie, Pokegama, Loon and several other lakes in the Grand Rapids area are producing crappies.
Calling local bait shops to get information about water levels on the lakes that you intend on fishing. Many lakes are down anywhere from 18 inches to 2.5 feet. Which can make getting your boat on and off the trailer difficult. Fall is the most beautiful time of the year to be in the Grand Rapids, MN area. The fall leaves are changing rapidly due to the drought conditions we had early this summer.