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Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report May 9, 2013

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by Brainerd Lakes Chamber


It is May 9th and we still have ice on most of the lakes! People keep asking me what my plan is for opener, and I must say that I am kind of stumped. Some areas look like they will be going out in the next day, but most of the bigger lakes are pretty solid still. 

One option for Saturday morning could be the river. However I think it will be super busy and the water is pretty high. A second option is head a little south where most of the lakes are open. A third option is hope that Round Lake or the 371 Bay of North Long makes a little more progress and the ice goes off.

The forecast for Friday is looking pretty awesome for ice melting, so a lot could happen in the next day or so. I’m just going to keep getting my boat ready, and hope for the best! If you find some open water be safe and good luck. Next week I will have a detailed report about strategies that work for this weird spring. I’m not really sure what the walleyes will be doing, so once I get on the water I will have a better idea! Thanks for reading!

Capt. Tim Hanske



Pine River

Most lakes in the Pine River area were still covered a sheet of ice earlier this week, although the ice on some of the smaller lakes appeared to be breaking up. Lakes with a flowage or a river flowing through will be first to open. Norway Lake, near Pine River, should be ice free by the weekend. Other lakes of similar size should also be open, but anglers should consult with local bait shops, guide services and chambers of commerce for the most up-to-date information.

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