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Grand Rapids Fishing Report 3-25-20

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report (meant for local Itasca County area residents) is brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of professional fishing guide service, MN Fishing Connections. As many residents are staying indoors of late, some are getting out and enjoying some late winter ice fishing.

Crappies, bluegills and perch have been the fish of choice. Many of the area lakes are providing some good opportunities and there are no crowds of people to deal with. Some of the lakes that are providing decent fishing this past week are Big and Little Splithand, Big and Little Cutfoot, Little Ball Club, Big Balsalm, and Pokegama Lakes. Pokegama has also been producing good numbers of Tullibees and they provide great action on ultra light tackle.

For all the mentioned species a small tungsten jig with a wax worm or two is all you need in most situations. A soft tip rod will telegraph even the slightest bite and remember to use 2- 4 pound test line for additional bites. Drill several holes within twenty feet of each other and use your electronics to keep track of fish moving within the water column. Many times especially bluegills and crappies will be only 2-6 feet under the ice even in deeper water. Water bugs and hatching bloodworms can sometimes be found just below the ice and again watching your electronics can be beneficial.

Some of the best winter fishing of the season is here and gone in a few weeks. Just remember to release the larger crappies and bluegills to insure the future of the body of water you intend to fish. We all need to be be patient with these times and be safe

During these uncertain times, we wish everyone safety, health and peace. We are in this together and we will get through together. We encourage you to take a look at our interactive Grand Rapids Visitor Guide which will give you inspirational travel for when we all have been given the green light to travel again.

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