Last weekend’s 2023 walleye opener was a bit slow for anglers specifically chasing walleye in the Park Rapids area. However, for those willing to concentrate on other species, it was outstanding. What I have learned over the past week is is that the fish are very, very shallow. 1-8 feet has been the key for all species, with the shallowest water having the highest concentrations of fish thus far. The traditional jig and shiner approach has been a staple for walleye, though shallow diving crankbaits have been producing well too.
Crappie anglers are finding lots of fish in old pencil reeds as they establish their spawning territory. In reality, ultra long cane pole style rods are ultra stealthy in these situations, though traditional rods definitely work too. Just be sure to move through the vegetation quietly.
Northern Pike anglers have had good success but primarily with smaller fish this week. Activity for the bigger females will improve day to day.
Bass fishing is a catch and release only right now, but tons of largemouth and smallmouth bass were active over the past week. Great numbers and big fish have kept those targeting both species very busy.
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 go-fish-guides.com