The walleyes are still shallow due to the late shiner spawn.
Try 5-10 ft of water with a jig tipped with a minnow. Make long casts or drag the jig behind the boat to avoid spooking the shallow fish.
Smallmouth bass are just starting to head shallow, getting ready to spawn as well as the largemouth—so the shallow bite is on! They will hit about anything! Please release the Bass!! Other fish are better table fair. Crappies are on the beds and spawning and the bluegills are headed that way as well.
Again, only keep what you can eat and release the rest to nest. What you keep now will impact the fishery for years to come. Most “eater” sized panfish are 5-7 years old! Northern Pike are cruising the shallow weedy flats so trolling a shallow running minnow bait like a Rapala will boat these aggressive fish!
Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun! Minnesota Fishing Guide Service, Captain Josh Hagemeister.
Visiting the area? Here’s where to stay.
Once you’re here, stop into the Tourist Information Center off of Highway 71 South in Park Rapids. We’ve got lake maps, river maps and more. What we don’t have, we’ll find for you.
Tourist Information Center
1204 Park Avenue South
Park Rapids, MN 56470