Ice Fishing in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota Area

Ice Fishing in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota Area
Grand Rapids is in Itasca County, Minnesota. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, the city is named for its 3.5-mile local rapids. The area provides outdoor activities throughout the year, including camping, boating and sailing during the summer, and sledding, skiing and ice fishing in winter.

Ice Fishing

The Grand Rapids area provides a fishing destination year-round for anglers. The area's lakes are filled with species such as northern pike, walleye, crappie, panfish, bass and perch. When the ice thickens during the winter, some of the area's finest fishing occurs over frozen ice. Grand Rapids' northern wilderness offers ice fishing as well as miles of groomed trails for skiing, sledding and snowmobiling.



Pokegama Lake and Bass Lake are popular destinations for ice fishing. Pokegama covers 6,612 acres with a maximum depth of 112 feet. Fish species include bluegill, rock bass, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch and largemouth bass. Ice fishing and hand-spearing northern pike are popular at Pokegama Lake. Walleye also is a frequent catch. Bass Lake is five miles from Grand Rapids. It spans 2,407 acres with a maximum depth of 76 feet. Game fish include northern pike, walleye, bluegill, yellow perch, sunfish and rock bass.

Pokegama and Bass Lakes
Area Fisheries Supervisor
1201 E. Highway 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Fishing Guide Services

Fishing guide services are available in the Grand Rapids area during ice fishing season. Sunrise Guide Service offers full-day and half-day guided trips. Ice fishing gear, equipment and transportation to the lakes are provided. Grand Rapids Guide Service also offers ice fishing trips in the area, specializing in catching walleye and northern pike. Ice fishing supplies are provided.

Sunrise Guide Service
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218- 999-5710

Grand Rapids Guide Service
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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