Park Rapids Minnesota Area Fishing Report 5/8/16
With the sun shining for more than a few days in a row, the lakes are warming up faster and faster. On average the water temps from Fishhook, Potato, Island, Eagle, Two Inlets, and Long lake have been anywhere between 45-55 degrees. With the key spring fishing temperature around that 55-65 degrees, the lakes are as close as they have been all year for that perfect spring spawn bite! Just in time for Walleye and Northern Opener May 14th this coming Saturday, and Bass season May 28th.
Sunfish and crappies swimming through the same water depths waiting for the water to warm up a little bit more. Find them in 1-6 feet of water around any standing structure such as timber, weeds, docks, and rock piles. Fish are looking for a variety of feather jigs such as the Northland “Fire Fly Jig”, Lindys “Little Nipper”, and Custom Jigs and Spins “Flu-Flu” either tipped with a crappie minnow or leech. And for the tougher biting fish try mixing it up with some plastics from Strike King such as the “Shadpole” to entice those tough biting fish.