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Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing Report

2015.02.03    No Comments

Submitted by Smokey Hills Outdoor Store – 1/30/2015 Fishermen are putting on extra layers of clothing as the temperatures are falling like a brick. The cold front will trigger the area walleyes to start feeding again as we enter the month of February. Set up shop on frozen water as shallow as 6 feet next […]

February 2015 – Heartwarming days ahead

2015.02.02    No Comments

With Valentine’s Day and a three-day weekend on February’s calendar, a winter getaway to our beautiful north woods may be the way to win your Valentine’s heart for the first time or all over again. The Polar Vortex is last year’s news. The days grow longer and the quiet, frozen lakes invite wildlife viewing. Eagles […]

January 2015 – Resolve to celebrate winter

2015.01.26    No Comments

The new year begins as a disappointment to snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, but there’s snow in the forecast. Fingers crossed.The ice on area lakes is thick after a string of overnight temperatures well below zero. Some ice houses have been out for weeks. Bait shop owners can tell you where the best spots are to […]

Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing Report & Tournament Guide

2015.01.26    No Comments

Park Rapids Area Fishing Report and Tournament Guide Submitted by Smokey Hills Outdoor Store 1/23/2015Winter has given us a break this year by holding back the snow and frigid temperatures making movement on the ice easy. Watch for the various ice heaves splitting the area lakes as they have swallowed a few vehicles, especially on […]

Park Rapids Area Fishing & Ice Report Submitted by Smokey Hills Outdoor Store – 1/8/2015

2015.01.09    No Comments

The New Year has arrived and the ice is getting safer by the minute. Fish Hook Lake now has up to 21” of good, clear ice. Long Lake east has up to 24” of ice although the access at the north end has an ice heave making it impassable for vehicle travel, the access at […]

2014.12.29    No Comments

Park Rapids Area Fishing & Ice Report Submitted by Smokey  Outdoor Store – 12/27/14 Ice conditions are improving by the minute on the Park Rapids area lakes. The ten day forecast predicts below zero overnight temperatures which will add thickness to the ice and make the fish more active. The majority of Fish Hook Lake […]

2014.12.19    No Comments

Park Rapids Area Fishing & Ice Report Submitted by Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, 12/18/14 The Northwest winds have finally sent the fog migrating south with the birds; as temperatures are now on par with a regular mid-December Minnesota winter. We are back on track and making ice by the minute. The “hard water” conditions were […]

Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing & Ice Report – December 9, 2014

2014.12.09    No Comments

Park Rapids Area Fishing & Ice Report Submitted by Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, 12/09/14 Winter is in full swing on the Park Rapids area lakes. Most lakes have 12 or more inches of good, solid ice. Cars and light trucks have been driving on the “hard water” in front of the Fish Hook Lake public access […]

December 2014, Wrap up your plans for a stay up north

2014.12.01    No Comments

The holiday season is upon us with all the extra things on our to do lists. We hope your plans include a trip to visit us. A weekend or a week here to embrace the joys of the season, experience nature and take life at a different pace may be the best gift to you […]

Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing Report – November 25, 2014

2014.11.26    No Comments

Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing & Ice Report Submitted by Smokey Hills Outdoor Store – 11/25/2014 January-like temperatures have already provided up to 9 inches of ice on some of our area’s shallow lakes. Walleye fishing has been stellar for those willing to brave the trek out onto the “new ice”. Fish Hook Lake, Boulder Lake, […]


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