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Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report April 4, 2013

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Brainerd Lakes Chamber


The weather is finally acting like spring, and the bite is on up here in the Brainerd Lakes Area! People are still driving trucks, but I no longer trust the ice.  I have been using my snowmobile, which goes through the slush just fine. Shallow weed flats and inside turns close to spawning areas have been the ticket.  I have said it time and again, but drill as many holes as you can, and you will catch more fish!  Spend 5-30 minutes in one hole and then move.  We have been using any type of small panfish jig tipped with a few wax worms. The best depths have been 6-12 feet of water. I’m heading to the cities this weekend, but if I were going to hit the ice, I would consider North Long, Round Lake, Wilson Bay (Gull Lake), or Hubert. Good luck and be safe!

Thanks Capt. Tim Hanske




Brainerd Lakes Area

As of late last week, most of the sunfish had moved back into the shallow weed flats near their spawning grounds. “Hole-hopping” in depths of 7-12 feet of water seemed to work best, especially when using wax worms and euro larva; one angler also had success using plastics since they are durable and less time is spent baiting the hook. Crappies had also started moving into the shallows. Action was best during early morning and late evening hours. Areas producing the most fish included those with deep depressions in the large weed flats, particularly spots that were 10-12 feet deep in areas that were averaging 7-9 feet deep. Please note that the ice is quickly turning soft

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