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Weekly Fishing & Trail Reports – March 14, 2014

Weekly Fishing Report

Submitted by Smokey Hills Outdoor Store
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Our recent above average air temperatures in the Park Rapids Area have helped to melt snow and re-oxygenate our waterways. Take advantage of an active spring panfish bite; which is now underway. Find a weed bed in 10 to 18 feet of water on the edge of a drop off and start drilling holes, the bluegill and crappie are nearby. Most weeds grow on a lake bottom that is more conducive to holding feed for panfish. Late afternoon is going to be the best time to fill you bucket with fillets. The North end of Long Lake East, the East arm of Potato Lake and Portage Lake are all good spots to find feeding crappies. Tie on a Northland™ Scud Bug™ tipped with a wax worm to emulate the freshwater shrimp that are common prey of perch, bluegill and crappie. The perch are still feeding in deeper waters, 25 to 45 feet, over a hard, gravel bottom. Big Sand, Lower and Upper Bottle Lakes and Lake Itasca are good lakes to target perch. Stop by the store to see our ever growing Ice Castle inventory and also get the most up to date fishing tips, tricks, and hotspots from our expert staff. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Drew Ceminski excited about his sunfish catch on Fish Hook Lake.
Photo courtesy of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store
Weekly Trail Report
Submitted by Forest Riders Snowmobile Club
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

During the past few days, Spring has made an appearance with sunshine and warmer temperatures. Due to the warmer temperatures, the groomers will not be out grooming this week, but the trails are still rideable. The temperatures are forecasted to return to the mid 20s this weekend with a chance of snow predicted on Friday. Keep in mind, there may be trails that are being used for logging…use caution and be safe.

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