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Fishing Tournaments, Fun From Way Back

Now that we’re knee-deep in ice-fishing tournament season, how about a look back to when it all began… Fishing contests are a long-held tradition in Park Rapids that started in 1915.  The first official contest was established by Earl Fuller of Fuller’s Hardware (which turned into Fuller’s Tackle Shop in 1930).  Earl started the contest […]

February 2018 – What’s Not to Love About February

February brings Valentine’s Day, a three-day weekend and some great special events for a winter getaway. The upside of subzero temps is ice thick enough to hold a population of fish houses and keep our snow cover. And the days are getting longer. Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails will take you places you […]

Winter Trail Conditions; Snowmobile and Ski, 1.26.18

Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails Itascatur Outdoor Activities Club January 22, 2018 – From SkinnySki, Monday, January 22: “Conditions are fair. Three days of above freezing temps have left the trails generally icy and thin in spots. Lillie’s beginner loop is fine, and the first and last parts of Eagle are also ok, but […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 01.24.18

Crappies are starting to head to deeper water, after they have spent a longer than normal vacation in the shallow weeds.  I am still catching Crappies in 6-10 ft of water (some never leave) but the easy fish for most people to catch are starting to filter out into the “deep holes” on most lakes […]

Winter Trail Conditions; Snowmobile and Ski, 1.18.18

Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails January 15, 2018 – Itascatur Outdoor Activities Club The ski center consists of 10 km of marked and groomed trails through balsam pines and spruce. All trails are groomed classical and skate and are designed for beginner to expert skiers. Trails are groomed by Itascatur Club volunteers every Friday during the […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 01.17.18

Fishing has been steady with the Crappies moving in to the deeper holes in most area lakes.  Look for suspended fish anywhere from 20-30 feet down over 35-45 of bottom depth.  Using 2 lines, have a Crappie minnow on a glow jig and your second line rigged with a small jig tipped with a wax […]

Winter Trail Conditions; Snowmobile and Ski, 1.11.18

Park Rapids Area Snowmobile Trail Report; Chamber President, Butch De La Hunt – January 10, 2018 Groomers were out last week.  Many of the trails to the North of Park Rapids groomed up nicely as there was more snow to work with.  Trails that experienced early traffic groomed up better due to packed snow.   Itasca […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 01.10.18

Crappies are gathering in the deeper holes and can be caught throughout the day because they are in the deep dark water.  Look for them suspended with your electronics.  Most of the time they are between 5-15 ft off of the bottom in 30 ft or more of water.  However, I am still finding Crappies […]

Winter Trail Conditions: Snowmobile; Ski & Snowshoe, 1.04.18

Forest Riders Snowmobile Club: January 2, 2018 Where the Groomer has been & going: MON – Trail #17, #21, #6 & north half of #11 TUE – Itasca State Park Reporting more snow on the west side of our trail system than east. Snow is covering trails, but there’s not an excess. Also spotted Naytahwash […]

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