This week’s Grand Rapids, MN area fishing report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections.
Walleye fishing right now is some of the best it has been all season. With the cooler water temps as of late it continues to push the fish in shallow. Right now, one of the best destination lakes is Lake Winnie and Cut Foot Sioux. Still pulling spinners with a minnow but the jig and minnow bite has continued to get better each day. Make sure you pay attention to the wind direction because it can affect the location of the walleyes each day. Right now, walleyes are biting in 4-9 feet and several lakes including Winnie, cut foot, bowstring, and moose. As we have mentioned in the past, watching the locations of where the loons are can not only give you an opportunity to our most beautiful bird, but it also will tell you where the bait fish are. Many times the walleyes are right around where the bait fish are. Use as light as jig as possible most often 1/8 ounce jig and a minnow works the best. Area bait shops can give you current information on some of the better places to start fishing. And for walleyes early and late in the day seems to be their preferred time to bite.
Crappie fishing also has begun to improve. Look for the crappies to be off the
weed line starting to transition to deeper water. There is not a need yet to go out into 25 feet, those will be locations later into the fall and early winter. Some of the area lakes that are producing crappies right now are Big Cut Foot Sioux, Bowstring, and Pokegama. Pay attention to the conditions and when it is very windy this is not a favorable time to crappie fish. For some reason they do not tune into windy weather and they will lay on the bottom until conditions improve. Usually mid-day seems to be the best opportunity to catch crappie.
Next week Tom will share about northern pike, perch and muskies. A reminder that small mouth bass season closes September 30, 2021. Check MN DNR Fishing Seasons HERE.
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