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 […]

Snowmobile and Ski Trail Conditions Report – 3.22.19

Forest Riders – 3/21/2019 First day of Spring and we will be putting the groomers in storage.  It was a phenomenal season!  *Gates open until April 1st. Nevis Trailblazers – 3/21/2019 Snow Report Well with warm temps the conditions are deteriorating rapidly. As best I can tell the trails are still snow covered. I drove […]

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 […]

May Brings Fishing Opener and So Much More

Spring is chasing signs of winter away from the lakes and woods. The loons are back, trees are budding and rivers are open. On a short drive, it’s common to see a trifecta of bald eagles, wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. Spring rituals like ditch clean up can finally begin. Residents and resort owners are […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 04.11.18

Wow, if you can get through the snow to the fish, you will catch them. The fish are where they should be. Some are in ultra-shallow water 3-5ft where you can sight fish them down the hole, others are hanging on break lines waiting to head to the shallows to feed. Mid-day fishing has been […]

Spring is Sleeping In

Winter keeps tapping the snooze button on spring’s alarm. As soon as patches of grass appear another storm covers the ground with snow, but the clock is ticking. An increase in Bald Eagles hovering around lakes means they’re finding open water and longer days quickly melt new snow. Meanwhile community organizers have kicked into high […]

Minnesota Fishing Guide Service’s Report – 03.22.18

Captain Josh knows where to find the fish this week. The Spring late ice bite has started. Sunfish and crappies are eating like crazy right now trying to nourish developing eggs. Look for them suspended on steeper drop offs just outside the shallow spawning bays they will be eating in when the ice is gone. […]

It’s (sorta) Spring – 3 Things To Do Outside

With the snow almost gone we all have a little bit of cabin fever.  Here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate spring. Plogging Plogging is the outdoor fitness trend that some people were already doing.  Basically it’s walking, hiking or running with a trash bag in tow.  You pick up trash as you go so […]

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