Fishing Report 6-30-22

Fishing in the Park Rapids area has been excellent over the past week. With water temperatures in the low to mid 70’s and weed growth that’s optimal for habit, anglers should experience some of the best fishing of the summer over the 4th of July holiday. Walleye activity has been very good with anglers primarily […]

Fishing Report: June 8th, 2022

Fishing in the Park Rapids area has been very good! Water temperatures are in the low 60’s on big bodies of water while smaller lakes offer surface temperatures in the high 60’s. Walleye action continually improves daily. Minnows are still producing but the leech and crawler bite is very good too. 13 feet has been […]

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: April 7th, 2022

Ice fishing in the Heartland Lakes area is winding down, but there is still plenty of opportunity to catch fish! Ice thickness is varying greatly from lake to lake and although many lakes have about 20” of ice, vehicle travel is NOT advised! ATV’s and snowmobile’s are still able to get out so long as […]

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: 1-25-22

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: 12-13-2021

Anglers in the Park Rapids area are having good success, but are still accessing lakes dependent upon ice conditions. Small bodies of water have approximately 6-8” of ice while some of the large lakes still have sections of open water. Use extreme caution and check ice thickness as you go due to variable conditions. Anglers […]

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 […]

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