Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1-30-20
With the nice weather there have been a lot more people venturing out on the lakes. We are hearing of a lot of snowmobile traffic on the lakes as well as a number of people walking out because of the deep snow and slush conditions. The area resorts are working hard to keep their ice roads open, but due to the conditions this season, they have limited plowed sections. However, the bite has been well worth the effort for those that have been heading out.
We are having great success in the Grand Rapids area for Panfish, bluegill, perch, and crappie. Working weed edges and basin holes adjacent to them from 10-18 feet of water has produced some great action and quality fish. We have been jigging tungsten jigs with wax worms, euro larva, or plastic offerings on them with one rod. With our second line, a plain minnow on a hook or small glow jig has been producing some quality fish.
Walleye have been going well for the anglers heading out. Humps in 20-26 feet of water in the mornings and evenings has been the best for walleye. Jigging rattle spoons, flutter spoons, and jigging raps have all been producing good numbers of fish. A tip up with a small sucker minnow or rainbow chub has also been good for larger than average fish.
Pike have been very active all winter. Spearing and angling both have been very productive. Anglers are having the best success with presentations in 10-15 feet of water. Large jigging spoons, bucktail jigs, and rattle baits all work well for jigging. Tip ups or a bobber with a larger sucker minnow has been yielding good action too.
There is still time to come north and catch fish! Call before you come to check on the conditions with local bait shops and the fishing resorts.