This week’s Fishing Report Grand Rapids, MN area is brought to you by Andy Walls. Andy is a Minnesota professional fishing guide.
The fishing in the Grand Rapids area has been good lately. Anglers are having success targeting panfish, bass, walleye, pike, and musky on most all of the area lakes. The aquatic vegetation in 6-14 feet of water has been the key area for most all species.
Both crappie and bluegill have been showing up for anglers in the deeper weed beds. Slip bobbers and live bait offerings tipped on small hair jigs, or plain hooks have been producing the best results when the bite is slower in the middle of the day. Morning and evenings casting or trolling twister tails and beetle spins has been very good as these fish seem to be more aggressive and willing to chase the bait.
Bass and northern pike are both starting to feed up for the end of the summer. A topwater or Texas rigged worm seem to be working well. Because the weed growth is reaching its peak for the summer, baits that are easily fished over or through the cover will yield some of the best action. Pike have been in the same areas, but are more patrolling the deeper edge of the thick weeds. Casting a spinnerbait or a spoon to pick off the active fish has been hot. Both species love sucker minnows, and bobber fishing thick weed beds is another great way for summer action!
Walleye have been the main choice for area anglers, as the bite has been very consistent this summer. Gold spinners with leeches or crawlers seems to be the overwhelming report back from the lake. is the fishing has been the most consistent in depths from 8-18 feet of water, and staying in relation to good vegetation has produced some of the best results. Try speeds from 1.2-1.5 MPH but don’t be afraid of speeding up to even 2 MPH if you are not getting bit. If the speed isn’t working, a slower approach of a slip bobber and a leech has been a good second bet to get the less aggressive fish in the area.
The muskie in the area have been cooperating quite well lately. A majority of the fish seem to be in the same depth range, 8-14 feet of water, where there is good tall weed growth. Bucktails, topwater’s, and some rubber baits have all been working. We have been trying to target the fish in early mornings and evenings when the water temps are at their lowest giving the fish the best opportunity for a healthy release.
Don’t forget it’s just fishing and keep CASTING! Andy Walls.
Featured Photo: 44 inch musky caught by Connor McCartney while fishing with Grant Prokop (professional fishing guide) on a Grand Rapids area lake.