Fishing Report – May 16th, 2022

Walleye opener weekend 2022 went as many predicted with some anglers catching fish while others did not. Water temperature is playing the most crucial role right now with some lakes measuring below 45-degrees while others surpass the 50-degree mark. Shallow water was key, no matter which species was targeted. 2-10 feet were the resounding depths […]

Fishing Report – 4/19/2022

Fishing in the Park Rapids area is experiencing the diversity of both ice fishing and open water angling. Last weekend marked the 2022 stream trout opener. Those who braved the elements saw mixed success, but the stream fishing will continually improve as the water warms. Ice anglers are still able to get out, many on […]

Fishing Report 3-1-22

The primary challenge on the lakes within our area is travel. *Some lakes are very slushy while others simply have a large amount of snow. Vehicle travel is only possible on plowed roads. * With the gamefish season coming to a close, anglers in the Heartland Lakes area are on the hunt for crappies, sunfish, […]

Fishing Report: 1-11-2022

Fishing in the Park Rapids has been good overall with travels conditions improving. Though plowed roads are still easiest, some lakes have solidified to where anglers can travel, even towing a wheel-house, practically anywhere. Yet slushy conditions still exist and can be cumbersome on a number of lakes. Walleye anglers are experiencing moderate action, but […]

Fishing Report: 1-25-22

Lake travel continues to offer challenges with widespread flooding on most local lakes. However, anglers who are getting out are experience good action! Walleye anglers are getting fish sporadically in the 23-28 foot range, primarily early morning and evening. Crappies have been biting very well in basin areas ranging from 20-30 ft. Sunfish continue to […]

Fishing Report 1/20/22

Lakes around the Park Rapids area are experience slush/flooding in isolated areas. Vehicle travel should only be attempted on plowed roads. ** PLEASE DO NOT DRILL HOLES DIRECTLY ON PLOWED ROADS**   Crappie and northern pike have definitely been the two most active species recently. The early morning and evening basin crappie bite has been […]

Fishing Report: November 16th, 2021

Small ponds and some of the shallow lakes in the Park Rapids area are beginning to freeze over. With water temperatures falling to the high 30’s, it won’t be long until anglers are exploring the lakes on the ice. Some of the larger bodies of water are still open and accessible, especially for those few […]

Fishing Report: November 2nd, 2021

Water temperatures continue to decline across the area with surface temperatures in the high 40’s. Both waterfowl hunters and anglers  should exhibit caution and safety when utilizing watercraft on and around the cold water. For planning purposes, all public access docks and portable bathrooms have been removed though the accesses remain open. Walleye fishing has […]

Fishing Report – September 29th, 2021

The lake temperatures are falling and so are the leaves However, the fishing is getting better daily as the lakes continue to move towards the Fall turn over.  Look for the crappies to be schooled in deeper water on muddy bottoms typically found along the lake’s basin.  Depths can range from 20-30 ft.  Use a […]

Fishing Report-August 4, 2021

Fishing around the Park Rapids area is awesome Walleyes are hitting pearl white crankbaits trolled along the shallow weed edges in the 10 ft range. Pike are eating chartreuse spinner baits slowly rolled through deep weed beds in the 15 ft range. Bluegills are schooled heavily on the deep weed lines and are being caught […]

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