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March 2020 Deny cabin fever and head north

With so much snow everywhere, snowmobilers and cross country skiers have embraced winter. And it’s not over yet. Trail grooming continues and the Heartland Lakes area includes hundreds of miles of beautiful trails to ride and ski.   Walleye, pike and bass fishing season has ended in this part of the state, but avid anglers […]

February 2020 Embrace the Bold North

Need an excuse to head north? With Valentine’s Day, a three-day weekend and snow depths up to our eyeballs, it’s a great time to visit.   Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails will take you places you might never find in the summer time – and there are no mosquitoes. Or explore the forest […]

Ice Fishing Report 1-13-2020

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

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 […]

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

  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 […]

Fishing tip Silver and Gold Panfish

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!

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 […]

November 2019

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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