Come to catch fish in Grand Rapids! This week’s fishing report brought to you by, Andy Walls, Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods.
The waters are warming and so is the summer walleye bite! With the water heating up, and the bugs hatching, anglers have been having great success this week using live bait rigs, like a Lindy rig. Dragging, drifting, and trolling these rigs at .7-1.4 MPH and having them tipped with either leeches or night crawlers has been the best way to get some bites.
Most of the walleye have been hanging around the bottom end of the first breaks, in 16-26 feet of water. If crawlers and leeches aren’t working, a larger offering like a red tail or a creek chub is a great bet. We like to slowly work our big minnows through schools of fish .2-.7 MPH. Making sure they get a great look at that lively minnow.
Crappies and sunnies have been going great too. There are still quite a few crappie in the shallows, and the bluegills are still there too. Targeting emergent vegetation is a great starting point in finding these schools of panfish. A simple slip bobber with a minnow or night crawler is working great to get the panfish to bite. As always, with sunnies and crappies, don’t stay in an area too long if you aren’t getting consistent bites. These fish are often in large schools, and will offer ample catching opportunities when you find the right area.
Good luck fishing, and remember to release the larger than average fish to give someone else the opportunity to catch a trophy!
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