Winter NorthernGrand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1-28-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Snow, snow, where are you? Many people are wondering what happened to the winter of 2014-15 and the lack of snow. It’s hurt some businesses, but other have flourished.  The ice fisherman have benefitted and all the related businesses have also done well. There seems always to be a silver lining to the good and the bad. For the ice fisherman there is about a month left of angling for walleyes and northern pike. The feeding movements of these fish are far less often and predictable as winter progresses. For the panfish enthusiasts mobility has been outstanding and getting around the Grand Rapids area lakes has made for a terrific winter of ice fishing. Many lakes in the area continue to produce nice crappies and bluegills from small 100 acre lakes to the bigger bodies of water. Lakes like Sand, Bowstring, Pokeagama, Trout (in Coleraine), Big Splithand, and Big Balsam have been good destinations to experience good action. Tone down your delivery and start thinking smaller on bait sizes. Wax worms and euro larvae are the baits of choice with you small spoons and jigs.

Before you head out make sure to check out the MN Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder and the MN Department of Natural Resources Ice Safety. Remember, no ice is safe ice. Always use caution before heading out on the lake, and telling someone where you are planning to go in case of an emergency.

We are truly blessed in the Grand Rapids area with great angler opportunities so come and join us.   For more information check out Visit Grand Rapids or call to speak live to a travel specialist at 1-800-335-9740.

Grand Rapids, it’s in Minnesota’s nature.