Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report June 27, 2013
Whitefish – Whitefish Chain of Lakes Region
The early morning and evening walleye bite has been good on Whitefish Lake. Anglers are having the most success using jig and minnow combinations, and lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers. Fish can be found as deep as 20-25 feet during the day, heading shallower in the evening. Small northern pike are biting everywhere, hitting just about anything thrown their way; try rattle traps, rapalas, spinnerbaits, or spinnerbaits tipped with a plastic minnow or jerk shad for the most action. Large minnows under a bobber rig are the best bet for larger northerns. Anglers report an increase in crappie and sunfish action this week. Small hooks tipped with crappie minnows under a slip bobber are working best in the shallower, warmer bays. As with the pike, bass are hitting just about anything tossed at them. For the most action, use spinnerbaits or plastics.
Pine River area lakes have been good for most species of gamefish recently, and this action is expected to continue through early July. Walleyes are moving to their summer haunts at the bottom of the weedlines and to depths of 22-30 feet. While jig and minnow combinations have produced well, nightcrawlers and leeches are becoming more popular. Northern pike have been aggressive, hitting on almost all Pine River area lakes. Bass anglers are reporting lots of bass, with surface baits, spinnerbaits and plastics all turning fish. Crappies will soon move deeper, where they should actively feed in 10-15 feet. Sunfish are still spawning in some areas.
Brainerd Lakes Area
Anglers are having fun fishing the Brainerd Lakes Area lakes. Walleyes, northern pike and bass have been very aggressive. North Long and Round lakes have been best for numbers of walleyes, especially during early morning and evening hours. On windy days, cast a jig and shiner towards the weedlines in 5-15 feet of water. A live bait rig tipped with a redtail or a nightcrawler has also been a good option. Look for fish on the edge of the weeds and keep the boat moving. Bass and pike have been snapping up spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jig worms. The most active fish remain in the shallows; a slow retrieve through 3-12 feet of water has been best.
Isle/Onamia – Lake Mille Lacs
The bite is hot on Lake Mille Lacs, with reports of 30-50 fish days coming in from area launch captains and local guides. Surface water temperatures are averaging roughly 73-degrees, and continue to climb toward more conventional late-June levels. Some fish are beginning to make the transition to deeper waters (26-plus feet), while some remain in the shallow rocks (less than 12 feet of water). The shallow water has been best during evening hours, but some fish can even be found in the shallows during the day. Leeches under slip bobbers are the ticket here. In the deeper waters, minnows, crawlers and spinners, leeches on a simple live-bait rig, and even some hard baits are producing fish. The deep water bite is taking place at the mud flats, with some action also occurring at the deeper gravel. If the water temperatures continue to warm slowly, expect this fabulous bite to continue well into July.
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