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Ice Fishing Report 1-13-2020

2020.01.15    No Comments

Northern Pike fishing has been good throughout the Park Rapids area. Tip-ups rigged with #2 chartreuse hooks tipped with a fun Dog hot dog—yes I said hot dog (hooked once sideways) suspended about 2-3 ft off the bottom in the 9-12ft depth range. Shiner minnows or Sucker Minnows will also catch the pike. A jigging […]

Ice Fishing Report

2019.12.20    No Comments

As the ice thickens from as low as 4” up to 8” on area lakes, hopefully the slush will go away! For now, foot traffic, small ATV’s, and portable shelters will get you to the fish—which are being caught plenty close to shore. Find still healthy weeds in the 6-10ft range and you will find […]

Ice Fishing Report

2019.12.11    No Comments

  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 […]

PRDBA photo contest winners

2019.12.04    No Comments

PRDBA photo contest winners announced Winners of the summer-fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) photo contest are Debbie Center of Nevis, Tracy Lund of Akeley, Christopher Pattock of Tempe, AZ and Barbra Wicks of Park Rapids. A record 66 entries were received in the PRDBA’s 19th contest. Center’s photo, Somewhere Under the Rainbow, won […]

Wish list done: wrap up plans for a trip up north

2019.11.29    No Comments

  It’s all here: snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing, cultural experiences, you name it. Connect with nature and your family for a memorable holiday season. A week or a weekend in Park Rapids and Itasca State Park will not disappoint and make memories for years to come.   Some snow blankets the ground and […]

Early Winter Fishing Tip

2019.11.20    No Comments

Timing is everything       One of the biggest mistakes I observe are dozens of ice anglers aiming to catch the sunset bite at the last minute.  The “golden hour” of fishing starts well before sunset—up to an hour sometimes depending on cloud cover.  One must remember the sun sets under the ice long […]

Fishing tip Silver and Gold Panfish

2019.11.14    No Comments

Attract and catch more pan fish by getting aggressive   I like to have a rod rigged up with a medium sized gold or silver jigging spoon like a JBlures Weasel, Kastmaster, or a Northland buckshot spoon. I spend the majority of my day searching for schools of panfish.  It starts with marking them through […]

Heart of the Holidays plus more festive events!

2019.11.08    No Comments

A rundown of Heart of the Holidays events this year. Click the links below the list for more information and more events all around the area!       Nov 9 The Big November Craft & Vendor Show  8th Annual Hunting Opener Vendor & Craft Show Nov 15-Dec 13 KK Radio Network Christmas Cash Giveaway […]

Fishing Report Tip

2019.11.06    No Comments

Since the open water fishing has about come to a halt due to early staged of freeze up and the deer hunting season, I will provide fishing tips until the first safe ice fishing report is generated. So you tie on a new ice jig—tungsten, lead, tiny hook and all—whatever. You go to the “honey […]

November 2019

2019.11.01    No Comments

Winter is knocking on our door   After a storm ended a spectacular fall leaf show and a late heavy frost killed off the last blooming flowers, the stage is set for snow. It hasn’t arrived yet, but ice is beginning to form around the edges of ponds and lakes and winter is knocking at […]


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