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Grand Rapids Fishing Report 9-18-19


Andy Walls (left) and Grant Prokop (right) both of Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods, show off the nice fall bass that they caught on a Grand Rapids area lake.

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Andy Walls, Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods located in downtown Grand Rapids.

Fall temperatures have been setting in, and the fish have been moving over to the fall pattern this last week. Water temperatures have been dropping, and seem to have settled in to the mid 60 degree marks which has the fish really biting well! Crappies and bluegills have been found from the deeper edges of the weed lines to the deeper basins where they winter. Everywhere from 12-20 feet of water has been the key depth ranges for productivity when targeting panfish. Slip bobbers with plastics, minnows, or wax worms have been very effective as well as #3 jigging raps.

Grant Prokop, owner of Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods caught this nice fall walleye on a Grand Rapids area lake.

The walleye action is really starting to heat up now too. Anglers have found the most success fishing main lake points and humps, and the fish have been scattered through the depth ranges but 18-25 feet of water has been the best. A #7 rapala jigging rap worked quickly has been a great way to locate schools of active fish. Slowing down after schools of walleyes have been located with a lindy rig equipped with a creek chubs or jig and a fathead has proven to be the best for productivity on numbers of fish.

Bass and northern pike fishing is also very good right now. Fish have been actively feeding in green weed beds at all times of the day. This time of year fishing bass and northern pike is as fun as it gets all year, and the fish are very willing to chase various bait options. Top water baits like frogs, walking baits, and poppers are great options when the fish are feeding up. Otherwise crankbaits and spinnerbaits are hard to beat this time of year. Slowing down your retrival rate, and fishing areas with fish thoroughly will also help yield a few more bites as the water gets cooler!

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