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 […]

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 […]

As sunfish bite heats up, anglers encouraged to eat small fish.

Feeling that tug on the line, an angler sets the hook and reels in a small sunfish, then asks the perennial question: Should I keep it? From a DNR press release: Sunfish, also known as bluegills and pumpkinseeds, are a go-to species for anglers looking for a meal and many anglers may be surprised to […]

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 1.23.19

Thick ice and good fishing can be found around the Park Rapids area! Crappie fishing has been good—with many of the lakes providing action all day long! Depth ranges can vary from 12-25ft depending on the lake that’s being fished.  Crappie minnows on a plain #6 hook under a bobber has been the ticket on […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 12.20.18

It’s a great time for crappies! We have been hammering the crappies throughout the Park Rapids area with a ton of really nice fish being released for others to enjoy, keeping the healthy fish population this area is known for! Shallow weed beds in the 6 -13 ft depth for a good daytime bite and […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 11.28.18

The ice is firming up nicely in the Park Rapids area but beware of thin spots due to current, geese, ducks, or wind! We have been sticking to the smaller lakes and cashing in on panfish—mainly Bluegills and Crappies. There have also been some nice bonus Walleyes mixed in with the “pannies” as well. Tip- […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 10.25.18

Fishing remains solid in the Park Rapids area—especially the Fall Crappies! Look for them schooled heavily near or over deep water down to 30’.  Other Crappies have been found cruising muddy flats in the 20-30 ft range. Jigging Raps or a jig/minnow crappie minnow will do the trick. The Walleyes are gathered in isolated deep […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 09.19.18

Smallmouth Bass are schooling heavy and are on the feed bag anywhere from 6 ft of water down to 20 ft. The warm weather is keeping many of the fish shallower then normal. Standard crawfish baits like a jig/craw combo or a live bait rig with a small sucker minnow will catch fish worked along […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Fishing Report 08.13.18

Capt. Josh lets us know what’s biting and how to reel them in! We have been hammering the Walleyes all week.  Lindy rigs and crawlers at the lake basins 30-40 ft deep. A red #2 hook is a good bet. Crappies remain strong in the shallow weed beds at 6-10 ft using a jig and […]

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