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Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report June 7, 2013

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


Pine River

Walleyes are becoming more active in all Pine River area lakes, as well as in the Whitefish Chain, Pine Mountain, Woman and Leech Lake. Walleyes are coming from relatively shallow depths of 6-15 feet. A jig and minnow combination continues to work best, but trolling or casting shallow-running crankbaits during low light hours and after dark is also very effective. The crappie bite is hitting its peak with crappie still found in the shallow bays and inlets. Northern pike have been very active for two weeks and continue to provide lots of action along the weedlines. Bass fishing has also been excellent with recent reports of several fish weighing more than 5 pounds. Water temperatures remain in the high 50’s, therefore the fishing success will continue to improve in the coming weeks. The late arrival of spring has extended the prime fishing period through June and probably into July!

Brainerd Lakes Area

Walleye fishing is really picking up in the Brainerd Lakes area. Despite more rainy days, fishing has still been pretty good. Walleyes are moving on to the weed edges where they are actively feeding. Round and North Long lakes have been producing walleyes during morning and evening hours in 8-15 feet of water. While live bait rigs are producing more and more fish, a jig and shiner minnow is really all that is needed; the versatility of the jig is beneficial since it can be vertically jigged or cast into the shallows. Crappies and sunnies are still are fairly shallow. The action has been good once the water warms a bit, so the majority of fish are being taken in the afternoons. Try a casting bubble and a small jig with a white puddle jumper for some fast-paced action. If you find that the fish are a little finicky, switch to a minnow.

Isle/Onamia – Lake Mille Lacs

On Lake Mille Lacs, much of the bite remains on the north end in 12-16 feet of water, although some fish have been taken at the bottom of the break too. Anglers should also check out Sherman’s Point, The Vineland or Big Point where lots of big fish are also being taken. Minnows are still the best, with leeches and crawlers close behind. The top patterns have been chartreuse/orange and chartreuse/green. Those using spinners will need to slow down until the water warms a bit. The evening slip bobber and leech bite has been short, but well worth the time. Be sure you do not “oversize” your leeches this early in the season. Northern pike action has been good on suckers. Please note that the Night Ban remains in effect and 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. This includes fishing from shore or docks as well.

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Walleye fishing has been improving in the Brainerd Lakes Area! Despite most days being rainy (how much longer do I have to write that?!?!) fishing has been pretty decent. Walleyes are moving on to the weed edges and feeding. Here is this week’s rundown!

Round and North Long have been producing walleyes during the morning and evening. The best depths have been 8-15 feet of water. I have been starting to use a live bait rig more often, but usually a jig and shiner is all you need. I like the versatility of the jig, because you can vertical fish or cast it up shallow.

Crappies and sunfish still are pretty shallow. The action has been good once the water warms up, so I have had better luck in the afternoons. Most days I just use a casting bubble and a small jig with a white puddle jumper. If the fish are a little finicky, usually a minnow will put more fish in the boat. 

Have a great week, and thanks for reading! 

Capt. Tim Hanske


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