Fishing Report-May 4, 2021

Crappies and bluegills are in the process of setting up in the shallows… to feed heavily before they spawn in a few weeks. They can be found right now suspended in the 10-20 ft range in the colder lakes, but if you can find water temps in the mid 50’s they will be in the 5-8 ft […]

Fishing Report April 22, 2021

With the waters warming up in some cases to the 45 degree range—so is the fishing Fish the shallowest area lakes you can find.  Some of the crappies/gills are still in their winter areas, others are starting to move up into the shallows near shore to feed.  Look extremely close to shore—sometimes in 12”-20” of […]

Fishing Report-April 13, 2021

It’s happy days again the ice is gone on many area lakes and thus begins the official open water fishing season.  And as the water temperatures rise so does the fishing action!  Personally, I like 54 degrees for easy fishing, but decent fishing will start around 45 degrees.  The easiest way to find the hot bite […]

Blog-March 2021

Heartland Lakes is here for you   As a welcoming place and destination for visitors for generations, Heartland Lakes lodging hosts can help you plan a stay any time of the year.     If it’s been your dream to spend a week relaxing at the lake or recharging on a weekend get-away, now is […]

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 […]

Blog-February 2021

Peace and Calm preside   With Presidents Day weekend and Valentines’ Day on the calendar, head north where Peace and Calm preside. Their cabinet members are Quiet, Beauty and Recreation.   The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates snow and trail conditions in weekly reports posted after 2 p.m. every Thursday at www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/index.html. Be sure […]

November 2020 – Variations on a theme as late fall settles in

November 2020 Variations on a theme as late fall settles in Snow came early this fall, catching most of us off guard with fall chores yet to be done and winter gear still stashed away. We even saw a few snowmobilers out for an early run. A few days of warm weather in the forecast […]

Fishing Report

Fall is on the way! But the summer fishing action remains steady on all area lakes—especially for walleye. Look for the fish in the 20-30 ft range chasing schools of bait fish.  Verticle baits like a perch colored #5 Jiggin’Rap is catching the fish near the bottom. Trolling a JB Lures spinner (green/gold/glow) tipped with […]

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