Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Reports From Visit Brainerd
Nate Berg Fishing Guides
On Monday, I had 2 half day trips and headed back to North Long for the day. In the morning, the Colorado couple I had in the boat with me had never caught walleyes, pike, perch or largemouth so I wanted a good multi species approach to the day so we started covering water with crawler harnesses in 7-13 feet on all the points I had marked fish on Friday. Within seconds we had our first pike and within minutes we had our first walleye. Number 5 perch colored big eye blades with an 1/8 oz weight, half a crawler, trolling at 1.1 mph was the ticket.
We headed in to the shallows in search of some bass but the fish still hadn’t ventured in. We ended up with 3 bass in about 20 minutes of searching. In the 4 hour trip, which my guests cut short by 45 minutes so they could get back to the cities happy and full of memories from the morning for their flight before the rush of the rest of the BLA vacationers headed south. The clicker read 23 and we had 7 walleyes up to 26 inches.
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On the walleye end of things, some good reports can from multiple lakes including Gull, North Long, and Whitefish. Gull Lake kicked out the hungry walleyes in 18-28 feet of water using nightcrawlers and redtails on a live bait rig. The low light/nighttime hours are still producing good numbers of fish due to the multiple bug hatches occurring right now.
Bass and panfish are still shallow, some are still holding in and around their spawning beds. For bass my go-to bait from now until fall is a 1/32nd ounce jig with a power worm. This combo is easy to fish through the weeds, and it is effective at all depths. The main focus for bass anglers was 2-15 feet of water.
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