The Grand Rapids Fishing Reports brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of Minnesota Fishing Connections.
What is there ever to do in this in between time of ice and open water? There are so many things to do before one can be totally ready, but let’s look at some open water opportunities. That will be happening soon.
One of the traditional angling opportunities that occurs in the creeks and streams in our area is the annual sucker run that coincides with the ice going off connecting lakes. Redhorse and white suckers are moving up these small current created tributaries and offer a lot of fun and are great for smoking and pickling.
The cool thing is you don’t even need a boat and many anglers just fish from small bridges or banks and do quite well. The tackle used is not complicated either and here is a tip to get you started. Grab an ultra-light rod with four pound test, basically the same gear you would fish crappies in the spring. Tie on a #8 or #10 hook and attach a split shot about 18 inches to two feet from the hook and you are all set on gear. For bait I like a third of a night and impale it on the hook and you’re in business. Fish current breaks and rifles in these small creeks and the action can be fast and great sport. I like to check out the stream I intend to fish to see if there are suckers present and it gives me an idea where I have the best chances. Man of these small streams have other species that use them for spawning purposes and these locations will be laden with suckers dining on newly laid eggs. When most of the other seasons are closed except for pan fish it is fun and the action can be very good. Pickled and smoked suckers can be an awesome treat to serve o friends and family. Spearing suckers is also a tradition that many folks enjoy and is another way to gather some good fun recreation. Click HERE for more information on the White Sucker fish in Minnesota.
Make sure you purchase a required license to participate in spearing. This is just another reason to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer.