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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 […]

Ice Fishing Report

  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 […]

Early Winter Fishing Tip

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

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 […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report 9.16.19

Fall Crappie fishing has kicked in throughout the Park Rapids area Concentrate on the deeper muddy bottoms in the 19-25 ft range. Use an 1/8 oz jig tipped with a crappie minnow and keep a close eye on your electronics so you know how high off the bottom to keep the jig. Northern Pike can […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 7.19.19

Mid-summer crappie action is in full swing. Crappies can be found schooled in and around heavy shallow weed beds in the 8-12 ft range. 1/16 oz tube jigs worked along the edges of the weeds about half way down to the bottom or just swimming through the tops of the weeds will produce fish. Mid-day […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 6.5.19

The Crappie action in the Park Rapids area is on fire and the fish just keep getting bigger. Crappies up to 16 inches have been caught this week using 1/16 oz jigs tipped with a small white twister tail or a Croppie minnows making a long cast and slowly swimming the jig back to the […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 5.29.19

The walleyes are still shallow due to the late shiner spawn. Try 5-10 ft of water with a jig tipped with a minnow. Make long casts or drag the jig behind the boat to avoid spooking the shallow fish. Smallmouth bass are just starting to head shallow, getting ready to spawn as well as the […]

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