Fall Crappie Tom Neustrom 2016This week’s Grand Rapids, MN Fishing Report 9-15-16 by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections, guide service.

Brrrr. That first night in the 30’s is a wakeup call for “Fall is Here”.  Leaves are changing and wildlife has sensed that change is coming. Fish are no different than other animal life and they begin to feed more often to survive the rigors of winter.

Crappie fishing has been excellent on area lakes with depths of 20-26 feet. Small jigs and minnows or plastics vertically jigged over schools of crappies will get you on board. Use your electronics to find schools that are roaming looking for a meal.

Walleye fishing will continue to improve with the cooler weather and look to the shallows during the day with jigs and minnows. Wind swept shore lines and isolated weed beds are places to target.

Northern pike are ravenous this time of year and are on the hunt continually. Spoons cast or trolled work well but throwing Shad Raps, #18 Floating Rapalas, or slow trolling 6-8 inch sucker minnows all work well.

Bass fishing usually slows down this time of year because of interest. The anglers in the know have found this to be one of the best times of the year to catch big trophy bass.

The clock is ticking so get out and enjoy my favorite time of the year.