Winter Walleye Grand Rapids MNThis week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report is provided by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

As winter rolls along, and the frozen period has been around for months, many times sizing down your baits will dictate success. Most species, except for trout, become slightly sluggish as the winter moves along. Trout have always been active in the winter because of their acclimation to colder water. Now that trout season is in full swing a few places to check are Tioga Pit, Kramer, Lucky, Taylor, Erskine and others. Small spoons tipped with wax worms or dead shiners can be key. Depths of 10-20 feet are most often the best to check. Crappies and other panfish are still the best bet and they too will prefer smaller baits in the weeks to come. Walleye opportunities will not be as often. Early and late in the day will be the best window to ice a few. Getting out on the ice should still have caution as always.

Make sure to always consider safety first. Remember to tell someone where you are going, and when expected to return. Also, it is suggested to prop open a window or door when in permanent ice houses. Check out Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Ice Safety resource page prior to heading out on the ice.