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Great Fishing in Grand Rapids

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections guide service.

Great fishing in Grand Rapids right now! The summer season is here and hopefully the storms of late have gone away for now. On the flip side we received needed rain to bring much needed lake levels up and accesses available. Walleyes have for the most part moved to some of their summer locations off shore and will continue to be active. Once the bug hatches have come the rig and leech or night crawler bite will take center stage. Many anglers have reported good catches of walleyes on slip bobbers and leeches on the weed lines and rock piles toward the evening on area lakes. Some of the lakes in the Grand Rapids area that have been good choices to try are Big Winnie, Big Splithand, Bowstring. Trout Lake, Pokegama, and Round lake on the Scenic Hwy. Trolling spinners with a half of crawler also is a great method for locating walleyes especially shallow along and on top of weed beds.

A Client of Tom’s, Alex Rowell, caught a nice Small Mouth Bass.

Bass fishing for both species has been excellent with most of the spawning activity done and the fish also moving to several different locations. On many of the lakes in the Grand Rapids area locating bass, especially largemouth in and around docks is a must try. Moving dock to dock pitching and retrieving Chatter baits, small square bill crankbaits and 4 inch worms on a jig hook with get there attention as they are hiding looking for shade or an ambush spot. The art of skipping under docks has been extremely effective with this presentation. Area lakes to try for good bass fishing are Rice, Pokegama, Trout, Loon, and Wabana.

Northern pike always cooperate and as the weed beds are taking form the pike will seek out these areas roaming for a meal, Casting or trolling minnow type crank baits are always good  presentations to locate hungry roaming pike. They are good fighters and when properly cleaned can be great fish to eat.

Grant Prokop, owner of Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods, caught a nice crappie.

Crappies and sunfish have been providing good action of late and a meal of panfish is hard to beat. With weed beds still forming and look for crappies and sunfish to be in and around weeds, fallen trees, or docks near deep water.

The best of the summer fishing for numerous species is upon us and there is no better place then the Grand Rapids area to bend the rod and have a great angling experience.

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