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 1-12-22

The key word for this week in the Park Rapids area is “accessibility” Though the ice is thick enough to support vehicle travel on our lakes, snow and slush are the challenges. Plowed roads are only created by private individuals, so inquire with one of our local bait shops for information on travel. Crappie action […]

Fishing Report 1-3-22

With a considerable amount of snowfall last week, everyone wants to know about the ice and travel conditions. Though there is a lot of snow, anglers are still accessing the majority of the lakes. Ice thickness varies from 11-15”, so vehicle travel is possible on numerous bodies of water. Though flooding is happening in certain […]

Fishing Report: 12-27-21

Ice conditions in the Park Rapids area have improved quickly. Small bodies of water have 11 to 13 inches of ice while larger lakes have 7 to 11 inches. But remember ice conditions vary from lake to lake and even from area to area on one lake. Panfish anglers have been doing very well. Shallow […]

Fishing Report 12-9-2021

Ice conditions in the Park Rapids area vary greatly, so anglers should proceed with great caution. The larger, deep lakes such as Long, Big Sand, Fish Hook, etc., are finally capping over, but even small sections of open water can expand with wind and warmer temps. Small lakes are experiencing angler foot traffic, but with […]

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 March 3, 2021

Spring fishing is just around the corner!   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.  Depths can range from 5-15 ft.  Small jigs of just about any […]

Fishing Report Feb 17, 2021

Mid-winter fishing is in full swing. In a few weeks, things will begin to change rapidly. But for now, think deeper water for more consistent walleye and crappie fishing. The deep basins are full of crappies creating good day time bites in the 25-40ft depth range using small minnows or tiny jigging spoons tipped with […]

Fishing Report Feb 9, 2021

Even with a cold snap the fishing in the Park Rapids area has been consistent especially the crappies and northern pike.   We are still catching them fairly shallow the pike are in around 10 feet of water the crappies 15 to 20 feet in some cases. Small silver jigging spoons tipped with a wax […]

Fishing Report Feb 2, 2021

Crappies are being caught suspended over deep water Look for them in deep holes of 35ft or more suspended 10-15 ft off of the bottom. Small jigging spoons tipped  with a minnow head will do the trick.  Glow in the dark or gold has been productive. Northern pike action continues to be strong around old […]

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