This weeks Grand Rapids Area Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom. Tom is a professional fishing representative. He has been inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
Cooler temperatures are finally here and the ice conditions will improve everyday. Many of the smaller lakes in the Grand Rapids area have anywhere from 4-6 inches of ice and several anglers are starting to get to some fishable ice and doing good for pan fish. Crappies are being found in 20-30 feet on lakes north and west of Grand Rapids. The lakes that have been capped for a couple weeks are good places to try. I still believe that foot travel is advised and the ice will continue to build up over the next several weeks.
Recently questions have been asked of the preferences between live bait and plastics for panfish. Most often with the development of soft plastics replicating live bait has opened a new concept in catching crappies, bluegills, and perch through the ice. Make no mistake you should still bring a good supply of wax worms, euro larvae and small minnows at times. They all have their place. Some of the lakes that will be good for pan fish in the next few weeks will be Loon, Big and Little Splithand, Little Cutfoot, Bass, Cottonwood, and Long lakes. Light line, such as 4# test will be the key to getting more bites. Make sure you spool new line for the winter for it will pay you dividends.
Northern Pike spearing has been good on several area lakes and good reports have come from Third River Flowage, Little Balsam, and several smaller lakes in the Grand Rapids area. Good Luck.
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