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Spring Fishing Tips: Bigger hooks = More Spring panfish

Big panfishGo big or go home! Bigger hooks for more Spring panfish.

I love big hooks—bigger than what you would think.

Hooks do not scare the fish, they attract fish—especially the colored hooks available today. These larger hooks will decrease the number of missed fish by increasing hooking percentage. For bluegills I prefer a #8 or #6 Octopus hook from Gamakatsu tipped with a small plastic or wax worm this time of the year. A #10 is great, but it is so small your hooking percentage plummets.

For Crappies try a #6 or #4 Octopus hook tipped with a lively minnow. The mouth of a crappies is quite large, so take advantage of it! The water temperature is rising and so is the metabolism of the fish. Bigger hooks mean better hook-ups and more fish, give it a shot!

Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun! Minnesota Fishing Guide Service, Captain Josh Hagemeister.

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As Sunfish bite heats up, Anglers encouraged to eat small fish.

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

kids fishing for Spring panfish

Click to request a guide or see the digital copy.


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