Tom Neustrom Walleye

Tom Neustrom with nice 28 inch walleye.

This week’s fishing report by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections guide service.  Tom is a Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame inductee and a professional fishing representative for major outdoors industry companies.

Every season this time of year, always interests me with weather changes and positioning of different species of fish I chase. As opposed to most thoughts by anglers, weed beds are a better choice than deep structure. Weed beds near or surrounded by deep water hold shade, oxygen, and massive amounts of food. In the Grand Rapids area we have many lakes that stand tall to weather changes because of its diversified types of lakes and species available.

Weed beds are great holding areas for many species this time of year. For walleyes trolling spinners with a half crawler or 2-3 inch minnow is dynamite on walleyes. Trolled over the top or along the outside edge will put walleyes and bonus northern pike in your boat as well. For consistent pike fishing trolling minnow type baits such as Rapala’s Shadow Rap or Scatter Rap Minnow on weed edges will call in northern pike and make them bite. Bass too prefer weed beds this time of years and can be caught on crankbaits, plastic baits fished weed less, and Jig and pig combinations all work.

Reconnect in Grand Rapids, it's in Minnesota's Nature.

Reconnect in Grand Rapids, it’s in Minnesota’s Nature.

Right now school is on most family’s minds, but there is still many great opportunities to be up North and enjoy what nature has to offer. Within weeks, change will be upon us and new outdoor adventures will be there to enjoy. There is no better place in Minnesota to getaway then the Grand Rapids, MN area. Fishing, off-road trail riding, trail walking, or just taking a ride through the hundreds of miles of knockout gorgeous country we have.  Download or request your Grand Rapids Visitor Guide today!  You can also talk live to a travel information specialist by calling 1-800-335-9740.