The weather has been” up and down and all around”. Cooler temperatures and additional snow is starting give opportunities to multiple options for travelers coming to Grand Rapids. Trails are starting to form and with a little more snow we will enjoy all the events that winter brings us. The Ice fishing continues to be good on area lakes and northern pike and crappies have been especially active. There have been reports of nice pike coming from Spider and Pokegama Lakes. Big Winnibigoshish has also been good for pike and yellow perch as well. Crappie fishing has been good on Big Balsam, small lakes north of Grand Rapids, and Big and Little Cutfoot lakes. Be mobile when looking for active fish and drilling several holes is a good way to find and catch fish. Be careful when venturing out with wind chills that can be dangerous. Dress in layers and always wear thermal gloves when out enjoying winter activities.
Update: Grand Rapids received 2-4 inches of snow overnight. People are starting to be able to use snowmobiles on the lakes. Caution is still to be used on the ice because no ice is safe ice. Make sure before heading out that you tell someone or multiple people the details of where you are going (when, the route you are planning to take, etc). This is helpful if you do not arrive around the time you are expected and your mobile device is not available they can give this to the authorities in aid of a search.
Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Ice Safety Tips before you head out. This resource page gives you tips on safety as well as ice thickness needed to handle the weight of individuals and vehicles. Another resources is our Winter Travel in Minnesota blog post that shares additional resources as well as a checklist for packing.
Don’t just plan to come for the day. Stay for a night or two. Grand Rapids has a wide variety of lodging properties available for you to enjoy. Whether you are looking for an economical motel, conveniently centrally located hotel, charming and quaint B&B or a year round resort with lake access, Grand Rapids has you covered for overnight lodging. Check out the Winter Lodging Hot Deals for last minute ice fishing trip.
Grand Rapids Minnesota has the best Ice Fishing in Minnesota. Before you head up north to ice fish, check out the weekly Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report. Grand Rapids has over 1000 area lakes that offer a wide variety of fishing species activity. If you are looking for a specific fish species, check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lakes finder resource. Select Itasca County and this will pull up all the lakes in the Grand Rapids area and show their location and fish species available to fish as well as any fishing regulations.
Remember, Grand Rapids has lots of other outdoor recreation available. If you are bringing the family along, check out our Family Friendly Lodging and Family Friendly Dining and Things To Do In The Winter With Kids For more information check out www.visitgrandrapids.com or call our travel specialists at 1-800-355-9740