Jake Wallace gives his latest Buzz Bite Report on the fishing in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on March14th, 2023.
Grand Rapids: 3-14-2023
Over the weekend the Grand Rapids area received about a foot of snow and that has really made travel difficult. Track machines or foot travel are the only ways to get out onto the ice.
ATV travel is not recommended, and trucks should not be considered an option unless you stay on a plowed road.
Despite the tough travel conditions the fishing has been excellent.
Panfish are beginning to move towards their late ice areas and are biting well. Look for bluegills and crappies cruising along flats in eight to fifteen feet of water.
A majority of the bluegills and crappies we found seemed to be about half way down the water column. Small tungsten jigs paired with Clam Maki plastics and small spoons paired with wax worms were the best presentations.
As we push later into the ice season those panfish will continue to move shallower so keep that in mind.
The burbot bite is in full swing. Anglers can expect to catch numbers of eelpout along sharp breaks in twenty to thirty feet of water. Our best bite was from sunset till about 10pm, but as the eelpout begin to spawn they will start to bite well during the day. A heavy spoon or jig loaded up with a couple minnows will do the trick.
The ten day weather forecast looks decent and the ice should be good for at least another three weeks or so. Get out and enjoy that late ice bite in the Grand Rapids area!