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Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report May 23, 2013

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by Brainerd Lakes Chamber


Fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been a little soggy this week! We have had a bunch of rainy days, however today is awesome! Walleye fishing has been spotty, but the sunfish and crappie bite is on fire! Here is the weekly run down.

Walleyes on most lakes seem to be occurring shallow. I have been spending most my time on Gull lake. A jig tipped with a shiner minnow is the best combination at this point. When a shallow walleye bite is happening, I like to cast the jigs and retrieve them slowly. Keeping the boat away from the fish will help you avoid spooking them. I like a 1/8th ounce jig in green or blue. 

Night trolling shallow sand flats can be a very good way to put some walleyes in the boat.  Normally trolling in 2-10 feet of water will be productive, and I like to change my depth until a pattern is established. If you have an electric trolling motor, use it so you don’t spook the shallow walleyes. A minnow style bait is a good choice, and make sure it has a small lip so it runs shallow.   

Crappies and sunfish are going crazy in 1-5 feet of water. The Gull Channels and North Long have been good places to hit. Any dark bottom bay should have active fish this time of year. A small bobber and a puddle jumper usually does the trick. When fish are a little less active, a bare hook tipped with a crappie minnow will talk them into biting. 

Good luck, and book a trip with us for a great time on the water! 

Capt. Tim Hanske


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