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    Grand Rapids MN Ice Fishing Report 1-18-24

    Ice Conditions

    Ice conditions are finally starting to improve now that we have received some cold weather. Most small to mid sized lakes have over 8” of ice and are ready for small motorized vehicles. Ice conditions on the larger lakes have improved greatly, however some shallow patches of ice can still be found, foot travel is recommended still on the larger bodies of water.  Especially on deep clear lakes. 

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    Walleye fishing has noticeably slowed down on local water. Some anglers are still having success for walleye on jigging spoons, but the deadstick bite hasn’t been great. 
    Panfish have still been biting well, but the cold temperatures have made it more difficult to jump around outside to find roaming schools of fish. We’ve noticed the fish have been lethargic, but are still biting in the same locations they have been since early season. 
    Trout fishing has been good for those making it out, but lake trout anglers should be especially careful as many of the lake trout waters have only froze within the last week and a half.  Stream trout fishing has been good in the shallows from 2’ – 15’. This  is a great option for anglers who want to catch trout on more trustworthy ice. 

    Where to stay in grand rapids mn

    Grand Rapids, Minnesota offers a wide variety of places to stay. From in town Hotels, Motels and Bed and Breakfasts that are close to the in-town trails, shops, restaurants and other things to do. Then there are open year round Minnesota Lake Resorts that are located on frozen lakes with access. And then Vacation Rentals that are located both in town and on frozen lakes. Book Your Stay Now.

    Additional Resources

    It is always a good idea to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. In a winter like this when temperature and weather conditions can change widely from one week to another, make sure to check the ice as you head out. The ice thickness and condition has varied widely on all of the northern Minnesota lakes.

    MN DNR Lake Finder

    MN DNR Ice Fishing Regulations

    MN DNR Ice Safety Thickness Guide

    MN DNR Ice Safety Guidelines