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Ice Fishing for Panfish in Grand Rapids

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom.

The cold weather definitely spread its wings of late an has sealed up the lakes in and around Grand Rapids. Ice conditions vary, but for the most part there is anywhere from 9-16 inches on most lakes. Caution should always be used.

For the most part fishing has been pretty decent on area lakes with panfish seemingly the preferred species to go after. Good electronics will assist success and you may have to drill several holes and hole hop to find a school of hungry crappies, bluegills or perch, Smaller baits seem to be the routine tipped with a wax worm, euro larvae, or plastics imitating a wiggly grub. The bite can be very subtle so make sure you are using a soft tip rod or spring bobber.  Light line is also key especially for the light biters this time of the winter. Lakes to try would be Little Cutfoot, Little Splithand, Loon, bays on Pokegama Lake, Little Moose, Bass, and several lakes in the Bigfork area.

With 1,007 lakes to fish, Grand Rapids is a GREAT place to fish. If you forgot something at home, don’t worry, Grand Rapids has many retail businesses, grocery stores, bait shops, sporting good stores, and gas stations. If you don’t have the equipment, but want to get on the fish? We have ice fishing guides to assist you by offering all types of services. Here is a list of a few Professional Ice Fishing Guides:

Brian Brosdahl
Brian Brosdahl Guide Services



Jeff Johnson
Northern Drift Outfitters



Alice and Justin Wiese
Wheezy Outdoors

Make sure when you head out on the ice that you tell someone where you are heading and when you expect to be home. Check the ice and you head out. Talk to Grand Rapids Area Bait and Sporting Good Store to see ice conditions. Happy New Year and good luck.

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