Ice Fishing WalleyeThe recent “December Thaw” brought several anglers to the ice with many good opportunities to explore the frozen tundra. Four wheeler travel was the best, but with the recent 2-4 inches of white powder, snowmobilers will be able to access the lakes and get to their favorite spots as well. Tip-up fishing for northern pike has been good and several area lakes are giving up nice fish. Spider, Wabana, Pokegama, and Trout lakes should be on your list to try. Crappie and bluegill fishing seems to be improving and several Grand Rapids area lakes are producing nice catches. Walleye fishing has improved and good reports are coming from Big Winnie, Wabana, Moose, and after hours on Pokegama. VMC spoons and a minnow head, Jigging Raps, and a shiner minnow on a dead stick have all been working well for walleyes. With a little more snow the trails will be in full use for snowmobilers and cross country skiers alike.

Looking for overnight lodging? In Grand Rapids, you’ll have your choice of lodging options for your Minnesota ice fishing trip. Lodging properties include rustic to upscale hotels, affordable motels, resorts that are open year round, and comfortable and clean bed and breakfasts. Our hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts are conveniently located in town with access to local gas stations, restaurants and bait shops. Grand Rapids area winter resorts have direct access to prime ice fishing lakes. Resorts offer a fully stocked kitchen with separate bedrooms and bathrooms; nice and roomy so you and your buddies can spread out and relax after a great day of fishing.

Wanting to know which lakes offer the best ice fishing opportunities? Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder and select Itasca County.  This will bring up all of the Itasca County lakes that are around Grand Rapids. When you select the lakes it will pull up the fish species, fishing regulations for this lake, and a google map to help you find the lake access points.  This is a good starting point to check out the over 1,000 area lakes in Itasca County.  Itasca County offers you a wide variety of ice fishing opportunity. Another great resource is the area resorts, bait shops and sporting good stores.

Make sure to check back each week for the weekly ice fishing tip by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections. Tom gives you tips on which lakes seem to be producing, shares some strategies and additional information that will get you on more fish.  We welcome ice fisherman to come up and discover the best ice fishing in Minnesota.  Grand Rapids, “It’s in Minnesota’s Nature”. Come join us!