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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 […]

It’s Time to Hit Refresh Indoors and Out

Spring is suffering a setback as May begins, but the loons are back, trees are budding and lakes are open. Some have take advantage of a few warm days to clean up after a very long winter and started spring rituals like raking and ditch clean up. In Downtown Park Rapids Spring 19 stores and […]

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 […]

Mother Nature turns a page

Fortunately for those downstream, our snow-covered fields and forests and ice-covered lakes are melting gradually.  Small pools attract swans, geese and ducks in places where you don’t expect to see them. Spring is teasing us, but will continue to reveal her true nature soon enough. The Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and partners […]

Now is the time to plan your vacation in the Heartland Lakes.

Looking outside at the snow loaded pines, it’s hard to believe that in a few months spring will arrive and then summer all this wind chill will be a distant memory (at least until next winter hits and we do it all again). Before you know it, school will be out and family reunions and […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 05.23.18

It’s that time of year when fishing patterns are all over the board! The Bluegills and Crappies are all basically shallow—7’ of water or less. Small tube jigs, bobber minnow/waxie combos, or even tiny crankbaits will land a bunch of crappies or Bluegills this time of year. The Walleyes are leaning towards any new weed […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 05.17.18

The panfish are in the shallows and so are the Bass.   Nothing but good times catching Bass and panfish on fly rods in the shallows!  Look for the spawning beds in the 1-6 ft range. If you don’t have a fly rod, then pitch 1/16 white jigs tipped with a Crappie Minnow or a […]

Mother’s Day Sales & Events

There’s something for every Mother this weekend.  Check the link for lots more info.   Sales Mother’s Day Sale at Hafner’s Greenhouse – Friday through Sunday Menahga Festival of Sales – Friday through Saturday, Get your maps at Shell Sport & Bait   Friday Grand Re-Opening – Firefly Event Barn Kinship Fish Fry – Park Rapids […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Spring Fishing Tips

Capt. Josh with a Walleye Clean up your act and catch more fish! Wash your hands! Wash your hands! Little did you know as a kid, your mom was giving you a huge fishing tip! Deer and fish. Both dumb as a stump, but both have a nose and a thing called natural instincts. I […]

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