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Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report May 30, 2013

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by Brainerd Lakes Chamber


Pine River

Anglers have been finding good numbers of walleyes in the shallow waters during low light hours, with fish also being taken from 10-15 foot depths during the day. The cold water temperatures have made slow presentations and smaller baits essential to success. Don’t be afraid to use something as small as a crappie jig tipped with a minnow for the walleyes. Northern pike have been more active, cruising the 12-15 foot weedlines. Bass should be schooled in the shallow bays and inlets. For the most fish, try a small spinnerbait and plastic presentation. Crappie action has picked up, and fish should remain schooled in the shallows.

Whitefish Chain of Lakes Area

Fishing has heated up in the Whitefish Area, despite recent heavy rains. Walleye anglers should bring along at least two of the following baits: minnows, crawlers, or leeches. Some rapalas may also be helpful. The best approach has been a jig tipped with a minnow or other live bait. During the day, work the breakline; at night, fish the channels and shallows. Northern pike are hitting live bait, mostly minnows, at the weedlines in 12-15 feet of water. For sunfish, use jigs tipped with fatheads, crappie minnows or waxworms. Slip bobber rigs will also work well in the warm, shallow waters. Bass are responding to spinnerbaits, plastics and live bait.

Isle/Onamia – Lake Mille Lacs

As of last Friday, the best walleye bite was in the warmest waters of Lake Mille Lacs. Surface water temperatures were hovering around 50-degrees. The most consistent action was taking place on the north end sand in the Vineland and Big Point areas. Minnows and small- to medium-sized leeches will do the trick. Please note that no one may fish for any species or possess fishing gear on the lake from 10:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. through 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 10.

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Fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area this week has been a little damp. Mostly everyone is scratching their heads about the walleye bite. In General it has been a really tough bite. On some days they bite like crazy, and the next day they are totally shut down. Crappies and bass have been my fallbacks for the slow walleye days, and here is what we are using!

A 1/8th ounce jig and shiner is my choice of bait for walleyes right now. The water on most lakes is really clear, so it helps to be able to cast the jig away from the boat and fish it back slow. I like to keep the boat in 11-15 feet of water and cast towards the shallows. One tip is to keep your eye on the fish finder for schools of walleye on the edge of the break as you fish the shallows.

Crappies and bass can be found in the same general areas. Crappies have been biting well in shallow muddy bays. If you can’t find them really shallow, back off a bit and fish 3-8 feet of water. A small jig hanging from a bobber is all you need  I like to use a puddle jumper tipped with a crappie minnow. 

Capt. Tim Hanske

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