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Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report April 29, 2013

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Brainerd Lakes Chamber


Now that the temps are rising people’s outlook on the fishing opener is a little more positive.

Although a lot of opening weekend plans are changing every day, a lot of fisherman will not know where they are hitting the water until a couple of days before opener due to the touch and go of ice out on different lakes.

As the ice and snow are melting and the water is warming up the late ice bite is definitely on. We should have fishable ice for another week but some of the plowed roads are areas with current can be open pretty quick. So always bring your ice picks and fish with a buddy. We have been fishing 5-8 feet using small jigs tipped with waxies and Impulse tadpoles. Drilling a bunch of holes right away is important when fishing really shallow. It gives them some time to settle down after all the commotion. And remember to sun block – this time of year you’re burned before you know it.

Jamie Dietman, S&W Guide Service



Brainerd Lakes Area

As of late last week, the sunfish were biting really well during the day. The brighter days seemed to be more productive than the cloudy days, at least for the larger gills. The best depth was 5-11 feet of water. Drill lots of holes since schools of fish are roaming the shallows preparing for spawn this time of year. Crappie action has been good, with fish migrating into the shallow waters. When targeting crappies, use a minnow head and a small spoon. This will deter the small fish from distracting you, and it is more appealing to the crappies. Please note that as of late last week, the ice was turning soft, and walking out was considered the best mode of travel. 

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