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7/13/16 @ 11:49 AM
FISHING REPORT
VisitBrainerd
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USER since 4/13/12

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Walleye action has been steady with fish starting to move to deeper water. Fishing with chubs and leeches have been producing fish in 9-25 feet of water.  It doesn’t matter if you want to pull spinners with crawlers, leeches or minnows or live bait rig, jig or troll cranks.  The walleyes seem plentiful and willing to bite.


Panfish are very active and have moved out to the cabbage that would be on average anywhere from 8-16 feet of water. The bass action has been fantastic! Most of the largemouth bass are hanging around the shoreline structures on weeds, lily pads, bull rushes, and around docks. Plastics have been the best but some top water grogs have worked early and late in the day when bass are in 2-7 feet of water.


Northern pike and musky the pike action has been great. The bigger pike seem to be hanging on the weed lines and off the edges of the deep flats and will bite a lot of different baits from jigs and minnows to Shad Raps and white spinner baits.

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6/15/16 @ 11:09 AM
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VisitBrainerd
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Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report


Walleye action has been very good with fish starting to move to deeper water. Fishing with chubs and leeches have been producing fish in 9-22 feet of water on Lindy Rigs and slip bobbers. We have found the fish using the green cabbage weeds during all times of the day, and they are not alone.  Fishing the inside pockets and points of these weed beds will produce a rod bending experience for all species.  I like to use an ? ounce Kenkatch Jig with a Berkley Ripple Shad to pitch into these weed pockets.

The bass action has been fantastic! Most of the largemouth bass are hanging around the shoreline structures on weeds, lily pads, bull rushes, and around docks. Plastics have been the best but some top water grogs have worked early and late in the day when bass are in 2-7 feet of water.

As for northern pike the pike action has been great. The bigger pike seem to be hanging on the weed lines and off the edges of the deep flats and will bite a lot of different baits from jigs and minnows to Shad Raps and white spinner baits.

See multiple area reports at http://www.visitbrainerd.com/blog/category/fishing-reports
 



Edited on 6/15/16 11:12 AM
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6/14/16 @ 7:06 PM
apewrestler
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I love North Long Lake!

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6/1/16 @ 11:54 AM
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VisitBrainerd
VisitBrainerd
USER since 4/13/12

MOON PHASE (16%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

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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Visit Brainerd and partners provide weekly year round fishing reports at www.visitbrainerd.com and on the Brainerd Lakes Area mobile app available on your smart phone for free through the app store.

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5/25/16 @ 10:52 AM
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VisitBrainerd
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MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
With warm weather sticking around the water temps are up and fishing remains very good for multiple species. We found some awesome largemouth and smallmouth with nearly every fish caught on some sort of jig and pig combo that imitated a crayfish. North Long and Round Lake had some decent reports, of walleyes being caught on a jig/shiner combo and live bait rigs tipped with shiners. On both lakes walleyes could be found using big flats that hold minnows and have green weeds. The best times seemed to come around the evening and morning hours.  

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5/12/16 @ 11:36 AM
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Darin - Lake-Link
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Opener Outlook - Walleye fishing on the Brainerd Area’s largest lakes, Gull, Whitefish and North Long should be solid. Stream trout fishing in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is a great alternative fishing outing especially for those with smaller crafts or shore anglers. Catch and release largemouth bass opportunities abound across Crow Wing and Cass Counties. Source: MN DNR

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5/4/16 @ 10:51 AM
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VisitBrainerd
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MOON PHASE (7%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Brainerd MN Fishing Report: Panfish action continues

Summer temps arrive this week and the Brainerd Lakes Area spring panfish action is in full swing.

What a great weekend in the Brainerd Lakes Area!  It was a little bit windy, but that’s all right with me!  I was able to fish both Saturday and Sunday, along with getting a bunch of other chores done.   On Gull Lake and a smaller local lake, I saw water temperatures from 51-55 degrees. The fishing was a little difficult for me, and many anglers I talked to on Gull Lake Saturday, but here is what I found out there. 

I started in some spots that had good decent weeds in around 4-10 feet of water thinking that the crappies may have pushed off the shallows, to hold in some cover.  I was casting a 1/32nd ounce jig tipped with either a Puddle Jumper, waxy, or a minnow.  I missed some bites but I never caught a crappie or saw other anglers catch a crappie.  That’s fishing! 

Things changed once I took out my 4 wt. fly rod and stated fishing around with a small nymph.  I moved to areas that had the same deeper weed cover, but lead into a nice dark muddy flat, usually with reeds or lily pads starting to emerge.  I would cast th fly out and slow strip it back to the boat, watching the line for any signs of a bite.  This method of fly-fishing was hot from the get-to, and I ended up catching between 60-70 sunfish.  I was throwing them all back, but a nice meal of 8-10 inchers would have been pretty easy.  It was a really fun turn in the day, and the fly rod out produced spinning tackle by far...

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3/16/16 @ 10:53 AM
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VisitBrainerd
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MOON PHASE (61%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F
Final Brainerd 2016 Brainerd Minnesota Ice Fishing Report

After warm weather and rains this is the final Ice fishing report of 2016

The ice fishing season is officially over in the Brainerd Lakes Area. To say this was a weird year when it comes to the ice fishing season is quite the understatement. The fishing was quite a bit like the weather, hot and cold and very little in between. This year will definitely be one that I will never forget but at the same time sure want to!

The “late ice” part of the fishing year lasted about a week and a half which is extremely short. Most years, we get about 3 weeks to up to a couple months of this action. If you haven’t spent much time on late ice, the fish move shallow. Not only will they be shallow but they will also be up in the water column with many times the strike will occur directly under the ice. When I go out lake exploring looking for new “late season” ice spots, a good indicator if the fish will be there is the presence of a spear hole. Basically what I am looking for is a green weed bed, preferably cabbage. If cabbage isn’t present, coon tail will do just fine.

When the fish get into their late winter, early spring pattern they become very spooky. I suggest if you must drill holes to give it up to an hour before you get discouraged. The fish spook so easy but will come back in search for food.

The past week, the fishing was fairly good. On Friday, I headed out with some friends in search of crappies first and they did not disappoint. We got to the lake before sunrise and hit one of my favorite small lakes for late season fishing. Within a few minutes, crappies started to hit on plastics. The best lure was an orange and chartreuse trigger X nymph on the same colored 1/64 oz. jig head. We also got some on pink Clam Maki tails on a 1/64 oz. pink and white jig head. We also caught a few fish dead sticking minnows on a plain hook with a small split shot above it. The fish were stacked up on a large flat that ranged from 6-8 feet deep and had scattered cabbage throughout. The secret was to work your lure in the upper 1/3rd of the...

Read full report at http://www.visitbrainerd.com/blog/final-brainerd-2016-brainerd-minnesota-ice-fishing-report/

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2/24/16 @ 12:10 PM
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VisitBrainerd
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Waning Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
21 inches
Fishing report: The Joy Of Teaching Kids To Fish

Our fishing report this week sounds pretty typical for late February in Minnesota! However our local guide had the pleasure of helping a young man learn to fish!

Sorry for the delay in getting the Brainerd Minnesota area fishing report out however I have been fairly busy with my “day job” of filming outdoor shows for the past month and a half. When I did get the chance to go fishing I was doing more drilling than catching. However, when I did find the fish they are fairly good sized but hard to catch. Brainerd Fishing Report

This past week, I was able to finally put the screws to it and try to figure out the fishing. On Monday, I hit several small lakes in the Crosby area and found some good fish in the basin holes but not giants. It was a success in finding numbers but not the size my next guests would want. The fish were really easy to catch using any sort of plastic tail in a horizontal presentation.

Tuesday was yet another exploration day and I hit several lakes around the Cross Lake area that produced giant crappies this fall so I was quite hopeful. Well, as we have all figured out by now, the fishing is downright tough and fishing by memory isn’t working well this year. I drilled out many spots and absolutely nothing. This year has been a tough year for staying on fish. They tend to move and move often which made me freak out a bit knowing I had a couple of good fishermen coming in on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, I was joined by fellow fishing guide Jeff Evans of Jeff Evans Fishing Guides of Northern Wisconsin and Greg Miller, host of “The Hunt with Greg and Jake Miller” in search of giant panfish for the afternoon. Lake #1 was a small go to lake just north of Brainerd that normally produces really good crappies and huge gills. After burning up an entire tank of gas in my 4 stroke auger, it was obvious the fishing on Lake X was horrible. We caught several small perch and never marked any other fish...

More at http://www.visitbrainerd.com/blog/fishing-report-the-joy-of-teaching-kids-to-fish/

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1/14/16 @ 12:52 PM
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VisitBrainerd
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MOON PHASE (26%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
10 inches

AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F
Brainerd Minnesota Area Ice and Fishing Report

Brainerd Minnesota fishing report for Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and the surrounding area.

We finally broke away from the office and headed to the lakes for our weekly Brainerd Minnesota fishing report. Cold weather recently settled into the brainerd Lakes Area and fishermen are actively pursuing a variety of fish across the Brainerd area lakes. But most importantly we are just ten days away from the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza so the calls and emails we have been getting are “how thick is the ice on Gull Lake”? So here is our Brainerd area Ice and Fishing report.

Ice Report:

North Long Lake: On North long we found 12.5 inches of ice in the first hole about 50 yards from shore. Encouraged we headed out into deeper water (on foot) and quickly realized that the ice thinned a bit as we headed out. Our two other holes out in about 21 feet of water had 10 inches of ice. We spoke with a local fisherman who has been out the last couple days and he reported that the walleyes and northern pike have been active. He was in about 21 feet of water and we noticed he was using an untipped jigging spoon which is what we have found to be working.

Gull Lake: We focused on the contest area in hole in the day bay and found that the ice varied from 13-14 inches on bare ice (no snow cover) down to 10 inches under the snow. One spot had 19 inches of ice in an area that had a lot of broken ice chunks and frozen debris. Our assumption is that this was where the wind had blown in ice chunks and weeds before it froze over. I thought instantly of someone coming out, drilling one hole there, and deciding it was ok to drive on the lake. That could be a deadly mistake and we definitely recommend checking the ice frequently as it is varying greatly. One local guide reported that he is still finding ice as thin as seven inches of ice on some area lakes so be diligent about checking as you head out there.

Fishing reports keep coming in saying that the walleye, panfish, and northern pike bite remain good.

See full report at http://www.visitbrainerd.com/blog/brainerd-minnesota-area-ice-and-fishing-report/

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