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Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-12-20

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of professional fishing guide service, MN Fishing Connections.

Mia Forbes caught this nice walleye on a Grand Rapids area lake.

With the cool weather, and no additional snow, ice fishing conditions continue to improve allowing anglers to use snowmobiles and side by sides to access area lakes. With the walleye and northern pike season winding down, there will be plenty of other species to target. Walleye and Northern Pike winter season ends February 23, 2020 for in-land lakes. For more information click HERE to view the MN DNR fishing regulations.

Panfish most often get the most attention for late winter anglers, but tullibee and whitefish can be a great alternative. To other species. Most often they will be found in bodies of water that have deep clear depths, but that always isn’t the case. For whitefish, lakes in the Grand Rapids area that contain good populations are Deer, Big Ball Club, Big Winnie, and Sugar all have options for catching whitefish.

Tullibee fishing is usually the species of choice and most lakes in the area contain good

Andy Walls, Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods, caught this nice tullibee.

populations of tasty tullibees. Whether smoked, pickled or fried, tullibees are also fun to catch on light tackle. The same setups that you may utilize for panfish is basically all you need. Light action rods with a soft tip, 2-4 pound test monofilament line, and small tungsten jigs or gold spoons will do the trick once you locate them. Another good search bait can be a heavier gold spoon with a short dropper to call the tullibees in. The dropper should have a small 1/32 ounce jig at the end and a wax worm for bait. All presentations should have either a wax worm or 2-3 euro larvae attached for bait and change bait often to keep fresh. Drill several holes before starting and with your electronics, locate active fish that can be anywhere in the water column from bottom to 5-10 feet off the bottom. Good depths to start are 2030 feet where the bottom is soft. Tullibees are bug feeders so its important to find deeper mud bottom locations to fish. Some of the good tullibee lakes that you may want to try are Big Winnie, Bowstring, Bass, Little Bass, and Jessie lakes.

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