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Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report June 22, 2013

Posted on: June 24th, 2013 by Brainerd Lakes Chamber


Fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been fun this last week. Walleye, Pike, and Bass have been hungry!

North Long and Round Lake have been best for walleye. Early morning and evening are the best times to try for walleyes. On windy days, cast a jig and shiner towards the weed line, normally between 5-15 feet of water. A live bait rig tipped with a redtail or a night crawler has also been a decent option. Look for fish on the edge of the weeds and keep the boat moving. 

Bass and pike have been snapping on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jig worms. The active fish are still up shallow, mostly between 3 and 12 feet of water. A slow retrieve has been more productive, but the fishing has been really fun! 

Have a great week!  Be safe and good luck!

Thanks, Capt. Tim Hanske







Pine River

All species of gamefish in the Pine River area have been “on the bite” this past week, and the action is expected to continue through early July. Walleyes have rebounded following their spawn, and are moving to their summer haunts at the bottom of the weedlines and to depths of 22-30 feet in some lakes. A jig and minnow combination or plain shiner minnow on a slip rig should produce well, however nightcrawlers and leeches are being used more often. Northern pike have been aggressive, hitting on almost all of the Pine River area lakes. Bass anglers report lots of bass are hitting surface baits, spinnerbaits, and plastics. Crappies are expected to move deeper shortly, where they should be actively feeding in 10-15 feet. Sunfish remain very shallow and are still spawning in many areas.

Brainerd Lakes Area

Fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been improving. Walleyes have been biting in 8-16 feet of water on the Whitefish Chain and on North Long Lake. The best choice of bait has been a jig and shiner minnow, however a live bait rig tipped with a redtail has also been producing fish. The walleyes have been transitioning to early summer spots, with some still found in spring locations. Due to a crazy spring, try different areas using various presentations until a pattern is established. Bass and crappies have active in the shallow, warm bays. For crappies, all you need is a small jig and a casting bubble. The bass have been hitting almost anything tossed toward the inside weed edge, typically 2-10 feet of water.

Isle/Onamia – Lake Mille Lacs

On Lake Mille Lacs, while weekend reports were mixed, most anglers took fish and guides are still reporting 30-50 fish days. Specific patterns are hard to pinpoint since most areas and presentations are producing fish. Anglers are having success from the shallow rocks in the bright sun to the deep edges of the mud. The mud flats have turned on, especially 7-Mile, Garrison Reef, Myr Mar Flat and Resort Flat. There has also been a scattered bite along the shallow, 6-10 foot shorelines and near-shore reefs; use a jig and minnow combination or a slip bobber with a minnow or leech for the most fish. Anglers wanting to introduce kids to fishing (and have some fast action at the same time) should hit the Mille Lacs reefs for lots of smallmouth and largemouth bass. What a thrill to hear that reel, and the kids, scream! Small tubes and grubs are working best. Also exciting is all of the muskie action in the bay areas.

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