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Spring Fishing Tips: Bigger hooks = More Spring panfish

Go big or go home! Bigger hooks for more Spring panfish. I love big hooks—bigger than what you would think. Hooks do not scare the fish, they attract fish—especially the colored hooks available today. These larger hooks will decrease the number of missed fish by increasing hooking percentage. For bluegills I prefer a #8 or […]

Spring Fishing Tip: Catch big crappies with plastics.

It’s no secret that the biggest crappies of the open water season are found in the shallow warm waters of Spring hidden in some form of cover such as pencil reeds, sunken timber, or near the edges of cattails. The problem starts when a live crappie minnow is used under a float. It’s just a […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 4.11.19

There is still a bit of ice fishing to be had in the Park Rapids area—but not for long. We have been focusing on perch and other panfish like crappies and bluegills. And of course the accidental bass or pike is caught (must be released—season closed) so that adds to the fun as well. Shallow […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 3.27.19

If you like late ice crappies-this is the time to grab a room and ice fish the Park Rapids area! Fish are staging for the spring melt on the drop offs just outside spawning areas. Some crappies and Bluegills are already cruising the shallow weedy flats just outside old bulrush beds from last year in […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 2.28.19

Wow has the travel on the ice become difficult.  However, the fishing is great if you can get out there. Late ice fishing patterns are starting as the panfish are beginning to gather near potential spawning areas. With that said concentrate on the drop off near shallow spawning bays usually not too far from shore. […]

Fishing Derby Fishing Tips from Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s

Fishing Derby Fishing Tips from Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Who doesn’t like a fun old fashioned fishing derby? With a little luck you’re driving away in a new truck.  Here are three simple tips that can help up the odds in a controlled fishing derby (pre-determined area with pre drilled holes). 1. Fish the outside […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 1.15.19

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 […]

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend

From the Minnesota DNR January 14 press release: Good news anglers!  This weekend is Take A Kid Ice Fishing Weekend.  This means residents can fish or spear fish for free when accompanied by a child age 15 or under. Catch some quality family time and plan a special ice fishing weekend. Learn about fishing basics, […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 1.2.19

Snow and good fishing can be found throughout the Park Rapids area. The Walleyes are in the spotlight this week.  The best fishing has been before noon or between 2 pm and dark—especially on the lakes with a little tinge to the water.  The best depths have been 11-25ft.  On the clearest lakes in the […]

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