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Ice Fishing Report


Ice fishing in the Park Rapids area is in full swing—as long as you are walking or using a small ATV. The
ice varies in thickness greatly (3”-7”) so you must be cautious. Remember, ice is never 100% safe!
Especially now that there is quite a bit of snow on the ice acting as an insulator, even with the cold                                  ice fishing action will catching bluegill
temps, ice formation will be slow. However, there is plenty of great fishing just a short walk of shore.
The pan-fish and pike are roaming shallow weed beds close to shore. Tip-ups with a lively sucker
minnow suspended 2-3 ft off of the bottom will do the job for the pike. The sunfish and crappies are
found in the same areas—mainly in the 6-10 ft depth range. A small white ice jig tipped with a wax
worm or spike will put fish top side. Walleyes are found on the deep weed edge with is still green many
times in the 13’-20’ depth range. A simple jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head has been
productive. Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun! Minnesota Fishing Guide Service 218-732-9919, Captain Josh Hagemeister


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