This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Grant Prokop, Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods.
The Grand Rapids area has been very good for Walleyes, Panfish, Perch and Bass. People that have been targeting Walleyes are seeing the most action on the first break line from 4’-14’. The shiners are moving back into the shallows on certain bodies of water, where the fish are following them back up making the Jig and Minnow bite very good. Some folks are starting to pull Lindy Rigs with a leech on a bare hook and seeing good numbers off that technique as well! The Walleyes are pretty scattered the last couple days chasing baitfish around. The best chance at catching these scattered fish are trolling at .8mph or drifting to cover more water than normal. This warm weather should get the walleyes schooled back up in good numbers to make for a terrific weekend to be on the water.
Panfish still are going very well in the shallows for most of Itasca County. Any of the shallow bays with good emergent vegetation have been by far the best areas to target panfish in 1’ to 5’ of water. Putting a small leech or a crappie minnow under a bobber has been the two best techniques to fool these fish to eat. Artificial baits has been very good as well, because you can cover a ton of water without wasting time re-baiting your hook. Remember to release the larger panfish to help keep the larger fish present in our lakes for our future generations to enjoy!
Bass fishing has been decent for Largemouth up in the shallows and any new vegetation that has come up in the last couple weeks. Throwing spinner baits and Senko worms has been very good options of putting some big green backs top side. Small mouth fishing has been very good as well, they aren’t quite on their beds yet but they are staging to move in. The nice part with brown bass, generally where you find one there are many more hanging around. Jerkbaits and hair jigs have been by far the best two baits to target brown bass on. Great options for lakes include Wabana, Pokegama, Rice, Trout, Loon and don’t forget the Mississippi River as well.
Finally, it’s here this Saturday. TOOTHY CRITTER OPENER! Some folks count down the days to go chase muskies around, since it’s an addiction and when you catch the bug it will cost you! With the colder water temps we are having this spring, make sure you are fishing baits very slow. Small bucktails and slow moving glide baits are always a good option to start the season with. Itasca County has some of the best muskie fishing in the state. This is due to the fact that there is so many different body’s a water that are close you can target muskies on. With the Mississippi river in our back yard it’s always a good place to start. We also have Winnie, Deer, Moose, Little Moose, North Star, Fawn, Spider lakes and the Big Fork River as well.
Good Luck on the water this week! Tight Lines and be safe!