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Fishing Report 9/2/2022


Labor Day weekend is going to be HOT for fishing in the Park Rapids area!

Panfish, bass, northern pike and muskie have all been very active recently. Although walleye activity isn’t comparable to the earlier part of the season, walleyes are still being caught and now is the time when trophy walleyes are more frequently encountered.

In many lakes, anglers are finding panfish in the 12-25 foot depths. Small jigs accompanied with the flash of a tiny spinner have been best. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has been very good recently. Transition areas where weeds abut sand or rock are your key locations. The sheer size of northern pike in the Park Rapids area has been no less than impressive. 30”+ northerns have been encountered regularly. Target deep schools of baitfish in the 20-30ft range. Muskie anglers are seeing an uptick in activity, primarily in shallow water, specifically right in the pencil reeds. This presents a great opportunity to experience some amazing topwater action. Walleye have been gravitating toward deep schools of baitfish, though there are always a certain percentage of the walleye population prevalent along the weedlines. Troll crankbaits or spinners for your best chance of triggering strikes.

For information on local lakes or to schedule a fishing excursion, contact Jason Durham of Go Fish! Guide Service at 218-252-2278 or visit


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