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Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5-12-20

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by: Tom Neustrom, owner of professional guide service, MN Fishing Connections. Tom is an inductee of the MN Fishing Hall of Fame and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

Brrr. Opening weekend was cooler than expected, but anglers took to the lakes with some decent catches of Walleyes, Crappies, and Northern Pike. Even thought the season is only catch and release, several nice Smallmouth Bass were also caught and immediately released. Some of the lakes that reported fair success were Bowstring, Splithand, Cutfoot, and the Mississippi River.

Jigs and minnows were the primary bait of choice. It appeared from reports that lakes and the river with color to the water were far better choices and success was mildly better. Some anglers went out after midnight on opener and trolled crankbaits in depths of 6-10 feet and did pretty well for walleyes. With water temperatures starting to warm slowly, look for the bite to continue to improve.

When fishing the river for walleyes either anchor or spot loc with your electric and cast to the edges of the holes for the ebst success. There were also mixed reports on anglers using leeches and slip bobbers having moderate success also. Crappies were also a fish of choice, but because of the cooler temperatures and windy conditions, they were a little tough to come by. Stay mobile and find calmer water conditions if you plan on chasing crappies warmer water then main lake by 3-6 degrees and that can make a difference. Slip bobbers with a small minnow or action tail plastic tail is the ticket. With warmer weather approaching look to the fishing to be on fire as well. Good luck.

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