Ice conditions in the Park Rapids area are favorable for fishing, but anglers should proceed cautiously given the unique season Mother Nature has presented.
Most lakes have 12-14” of ice and vehicles are beginning to venture out on many lakes. However, visitors should diligently check conditions. Bringing along safety equipment is always best practice.
Walleye activity has been very good, with anglers reporting good activity in the 16-22 foot range.
Panfish action has been really good with fish available in shallow vegetation, along primary drop offs and are beginning to appear in deeper basins.
Those seeking northern pike will find the predator in those same shallow water and primary drop off areas that currently entertain panfish as they utilize those species for food.
The annual American Legion Community Fishing Derby has been cancelled, but tickets are still available. All prizes will be raffled and each $40 ticket offers a chance at over $125,000 in prizes! Go to Americalegionderby.com for more information. You can stop by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce office to purchase tickets or the American Legion and other area businesses.
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