Tom NeustromThis week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom and Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods in Cohasset, MN.
After yesterday’s rain  In the Grand Rapids area, most ice on area lakes are very black; which means they can open at any time.  Caution is to be used on the ice this time of year.  Lakes south of Grand Rapids are opening already.  Tip: be prepared for the elements; good raingear is worth its weight in gold!
There is open water in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area on rivers and on the MN Power Discharge pond (AKA Hot Pond) where you can panfish year round on open water on a boat.  You can get to the “Hot Pond” by way of the Mississippi River.
White Sucker Fish

White Sucker Fish

Sucker fishing will start in a week or two on area rivers.  Some rivers that are known for good sucker fishing is on the Mississippi, LaPrairie and Bigfork Rivers. This is a fun way to gear up for the Minnesota Fishing Opener. You can catch these 2-3 lb average suckers on a ultralight rod and reel combination with 4 lb test monofilament line. Try using a small piece of nightcrawler on a #10 hook with split shock 18 inches above the hook. Check on feeder creeks and rivers that run between lakes for running suckers. The clearer water makes it easy to observe if suckers are running. Sucker spearing opens end of April (April 30th). These fish are good pickled or smoked. Here is a recipe we found for pickling fish like suckers and northerns: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/ramp-pickled-suckers-northern-pike/.  Good luck and be safe!

Check out more information about the fishing in Minnesota make sure to read and understand the Minnesota Fishing Regulations.  Minnesota Fishing Season information is a handy resource provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.