The excitement is building for the 2015 Minnesota Fishing Opener set for Saturday, May 9th. Grand Rapids, Minnesota was named the “Ultimate Fishing Town” by World Fishing Network in 2013. The county in which Grand Rapids resides is Itasca County; there are 1,000 area lakes in Itasca County. In Grand Rapids you will find some of the best fishing in Minnesota. From panfish to sport fish our lakes have it all!
Early Season Tips from Tom Neustrom
Another open water season is upon us and there many things to get ready before you slip your boat into the water. The siren sounds at midnight on Saturday May 9th and many anglers wait for the last minute to have all their tools ready to go. Are your boat batteries charged, is all your electrical functions including trailer lights are in good working order, are your trailer hubs greased just to mention a few things to make sure the start of the season begins successfully.
Make sure your tackle is in good working order from the previous season. As a guide we get customers on the boat that haven’t changed their line in several seasons. For a few dollars you can change line on several reels that will help you to get started correctly. Check and clean your reels and add a few drops of gun oil to bail springs and spool shaft. A little simple maintenance will insure a great start on the water.
In Grand Rapids, we are blessed with some of the finest fishing lakes in Minnesota. Almost every species that swims in the state inhabits you will find in the Grand Rapids area. You will have countless opportunities to get information what bodies of water you would like to fish. Bait shops, fishing guides, sport shops, Visit Grand Rapids, and any number of the fine hotels, motels, B&B’s and resorts can provide insights prior to you coming to Grand Rapids to make you visit a memorable one.
If you want to walk trails to secluded trout lakes and drag your kayak, float tube, canoe or stand up paddle board we have that destination as well. Many small bodies of water located just north of Grand Rapids have easy walking access to rainbow, brown, and brook trout. The seclusion this provides is just another example of the excellent angling opportunities that the Grand Rapids area provides. Check out our Canoeing Maps for some portage and camping availability right on the Mississippi River. The Great River Road is another great resource to check out for non-motorized fishing opportunities. Another popular Minnesota River to fish is the Bigfork River which is located approximately 45 minutes north of Grand Rapids.
Walleyes are the most often fish of choice to chase, but make no mistake we have other species to add in your bucket. The multiple species that are available make the Grand Rapids area a jewel to visit. If you also like to pursue panfish we are one of the best kept secrets in the state. Crappies, sunfish, yellow perch abound in our lakes and a little information from area businesses will make excellent fishing available. The big walleye lakes can be very busy and some of our smaller panfish lakes are pretty cool to fish. Check out the below listing of some Grand Rapids Area Lakes and which fish species they are known for:
Walleye: Big Winnibigoshish ( Big Winnie), Big and Little Cutfoot, Bowstring, Sand, Round, Jessie , Deer, Moose, Big Splithand, Trout, Mississippi River
Northern Pike: Big Winnibigoshish, Pokegama, Bass, Jessie, Spider, North Star
Panfish : Bass, Pokegama, Little Cutfoot, Dunbar, Sand, Little Splithand, Trout, Big and Little Balsam, Loon
Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder resources page that includes a Google Map of each lake, species of fish in the lake, sq miles of the lake, and average depth of the lake. You will also find the fishing regulation for that particular lake. You can search by county or by lake name. When searching for the Grand Rapids Area Lakes, type in Itasca County. Download the MN DNR Lake Finder Mobile App to your phone so you have it ready when you are on the go.
Grand Rapids, It’s in Minnesota’s Nature!
Grand Rapids is a middle point between the Twin Cities and Lake of the Woods, so we see boats driving through. We encourage you to NOT just drive through Grand Rapids, but to stop and fish the Grand Rapids area lakes. NEW this year, many of our fishing resorts offer partial week lodging. This makes it convenient to get your buddies together for a long weekend or several days of fishing versus trying to find an entire week that works in everyone’s schedule. Check out on our Hot Lodging Deals to find the Minnesota Fishing Resorts that offer this.