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Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-26-20

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report is brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections. The walleye, northern pike angling season has ended for 2019-2020 and many anglers on the ice now will pursue other species.

Pan fish will definitely be the species of choice and the Grand Rapids area has numerous opportunities. With countless lakes within 20 miles of the community it’s no wonder fisherman from all over Minnesota come north to sample our fishing. Bluegills, Crappies, and Yellow Perch are the fish that anglers chase for the most part. There are also trout opportunities in many of the lakes as well. Bluegills and crappies are the most sought after and most lakes are good choices to fish.

From the smaller bodies of water to the larger lakes such as Pokegama, Cutfoot, Splithand, Bass, and Bowstring, many contain all three species of panfish. Some of the smaller lakes in the area to pay attention to are Little Cutfoot, Little Ball Club, Little Splithand, Jay Gould, Rice, and Little Moose. One of the things to bay attention to, with the early snow that clogged the lakes and made travel tough, there many times can be depleted oxygen that causes species of panfish to rise up in the water column.

By using your electronics (Humminbird Heli 7) spotting these schools of fish up high can be the key to success. Without exception, bluegills and crappies feed and look up. So no matter their depth keep your bait slightly above them. Small tungsten jigs tipped with 2-3 euro larvae or wax worm will definitely turn their heads and make them bite. Soft tip rods to maximize the slightest soft bite and 2-4 pound test mono will put all three species on the ice. Stay mobile and drill several holes before getting started. With the warm spring sunlight upon us, being on the ice in Grand Rapids can be all the heat you need.

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