This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections professional guide service. The fishing has continued to be good for most species and folks seem to be happy.
Northern Pike have always been a subject of conversation by many anglers and it has provided exceptional activity for many. On a slow day for walleyes it can make the rod bend and put smiles on people that were not there before. Once you learn how take care of northerns and clean them correctly, they are as good an eating fish as other species. The “Y” bone has always been the tedious bone that can turn one off to eating northern. There are internet videos that can help you clean northerns correctly and help you to enjoy the firm and tasty flesh. Another way to prepare northern pike is pickling which has been done for decades. To be honest with the right recipe, pickled northern is batter than any pickled fish I have ever had. Blackened and grilled northern pike are other ways to enjoy besides frying and will make you a believer in keeping northern pike you next outing.
This time of the year knowledgeable pike fisherman are trolling crank baits, spinners and minnows, casting spinner baits, and soaking sucker minnow under a bobber near a cabbage bed of weeds. They are on the move looking for a meal and can provide action when other species have lock jaw. I remember as a kid it was so cool to have this fish on the line that was fighting so fiercely and bent the rod in half. If all fails, the northern pike will step up to the plate and hit a home run every time.
Pan fishing continues to provide good action on the edges of weed beds. A small chunk of worm or wax worm on a small jig head will put a nice bunch of gills in the bucket. Crappies have also been biting early and late in the day in and near weed beds near deep water. A small jig and vibrating tai; or minnow can get the job done.
he summer is slowly drifting away so get out and enjoy the last weeks of late summer fishing. It’s not too late to come to Grand Rapids and enjoy great fishing.