This week’s Grand Rapids MN fishing report by Andy Walls at Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods

Grand Rapids Early Season Crappies

Kyle Wood caught these nice crappies in the Grand Rapids, MN area.

Fishing in Itasca County is heating up with the weather! Many anglers have been getting out on the lake chasing bluegills and crappies. With the warmer sunny days, the fish have been moving into shallower areas with ample cover. The deeper weed beds and brush piles in 3-8 feet of water have been producing great fishing action. Rigging crappie minnows, waxworms, and a variety of panfish plastics have been working the best for most anglers. The afternoon has been the best bite this last week. The panfishing has been good on most all area lakes.

Suckers are still running in the rivers and streams. Tributaries off the Mississippi river have been good for sucker

Grand Rapids Crappie April 2017

Grant Prokop , Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods, catches a nice crappie on Grand Rapids area lake.

fishing. Looking for slightly deeper pool, bends where the current changes, or where the stream dumps into the bigger river will likely help you with more consistent action. We have been using a ¾ ounce to 1 ounce weight, this varies with the amount current in each spot, above a swivel with a short 12” leader to a smaller #4 hook. Make sure you have enough weight to hold your rig still on the bottom. Then just ball up a full nightcralwer on to your hook and you’re ready to fish!

In the Grand Rapids, MN area there are lot of fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities this spring. Other than fishing you will find an abundance of recreational trails to hike (Scenic State Park), bicycle (Mesabi Trail), Mountain Biking (Legion), ATV/OHV (Itasca County ATV Trails), and Motorcycle (Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway). Whatever yououtdoor recreation, you will find it in the Grand Rapids MN area. Head North this spring! Grand Rapids, it’s in Minnesota’s nature.