Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-19-12 by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors
Now in late summer and early fall fishing for blue-gill, crappie, large & small mouth bass, musky, northern-pike and walleyes in the Grand Rapids area is first-class. Due to recent cooler nights and stretches of hot days, most of our area lakes are blooming and this “pea soup” look brings fish into the shallows and around the weed lines because of the low light density and the abundance of bait. There’s been good to great reports coming in from most area lakes, including Pokegama, Wabana, Trout, Splithand and Big Winnie/Cutfoot Sioux.
Live rigging in shallow water with spinners tipped with a crawler or minnow has been the ticket to an action and multi-specie bite. Depending on how thick the weed cover is and depth you are fishing, the sinker weight and trolling speed will vary. Crank baits over mid lake bars or off shoreline structure as produce trophy pike and walleyes. Jigging and casting spinner baits allong weedlines and rock structure has been good for small and large mouth bass. On deeper water lakes like Pokegama walleyes will be holding deeper and panfish will stil be on the shallow side of the weed edges.
Good luck fishing and as always, check with local resorts, bait shops and sporting goods people for the latest bite updates.