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Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5-28-20

Tom Neustrom catches a nice early season crappie on a Grand Rapids MN area lake.

“The fishing for several species has started to blossom like the flowers.” This week’s Grand Rapids MN Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of professional fishing guide service, MN Fishing Connections.

Walleyes have been biting on several lakes in the Grand Rapids area and targeting one lake in particular is not needed. Good reports have been coming from Bowstring, Sand, Jessie, Big Winnie, and the Mississippi River. Jig and minnow is still the preferred magic, but anglers fishing leeches and slip sinker rigs are starting to take quite a few fish. With several smaller bug hatches happening everywhere, that most often triggers the leech and crawler bite for walleyes.

We are still a week or two away from a good consistent crawler/leech bite, but start bringing a few alternate baits along. Some anglers are doing quite well trolling crank baits just before dark. Depths of 8-12 feet seem to be the best target areas for evening Trolling. Some of the clearer lakes in the Grand Rapids area like Trout and Sugar are good choices for the after hours trolling patterns. I like to troll crank baits with 10# 832 Sufix Braid and 7 ½ to 8 foots extra fast trolling rod. Speeds of 1.75 to 2.5 mph are some preferred speeds. You need enough line out to occasionally tick bottom and the use of Daiwa Line Counter Reels is essential to be repetitive with each trolling pass. We will talk more about this technique as the season continues.

Crappie fishing continues to get better and within a wee, crappies will be on the beds. The water temperatures are getting perfect and the crappie fishing should get good. Big and Little Splithand are good area lakes to get out and get a nice meal of crappies. Small jigs with either a small minnow or action plastic tail will work equally as well. Spring crappie and bluegill fishing in the spring can be loads of fun for the entire family. Release the largest of both species as to insure genetics of the larger species in the bodies of water you are fishing. Practicing good ethics are essential . Be safe and remember to practice social distancing.

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