Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report October 25, 2013
Pine River Area Lakes
The walleyes remain on their annual feeding binge. Good reports are coming in from Whitefish, Woman, Pine Mountain, Leech and many other area lakes. Most of the walleyes are being taken on a jig and minnow combination, but nightcrawlers are still producing well. The best depths range from 20-35 feet generally. Northern pike and bass are active along the weedlines in 12-25 feet of water, with many of these fish also being taken on jig and minnow combinations; deep-running crankbaits are also working well. Good crappie reports are coming from anglers fishing along the sharp breaks with weeds nearby at dawn and at sunset. Please be aware that the water is becoming very cold; please take hypothermia seriously and wear your life jackets.
Brainerd Lakes Area
The cold fall air has arrived, and snow covered the ground earlier this week. Fishing, however, remains very good. Area guides report that the walleyes have been active in 30-40 feet of water. Most methods have been producing fish, with jig and rainbow combinations and lindy rigs with large minnows working well. Focus on Round, North Long and Whitefish lakes for the most fish. Crappies have been active in depths of 20-40 feet. Use your electronics to locate schools of fish, then troll over them with beetle spins or puddle jumpers. Speed is important, so try different speeds until they respond.
Isle/Onamia – Lake Mille Lacs
The October full moon came and went with mixed success for Mille Lacs Lake anglers. The action was split evenly between the trollers and the bobber folks, with most of the boats reporting at least a few fish. Much of the bite was in less than 10 feet of water, peaking around 10:30 p.m. Light angling pressure made it easy to move around the reefs and concentrate on the “hot spots.” Unfortunately, the abundance of bait fish made for a pretty tough bite. St. Alban’s Bay has had a little action this week. Anglers having the most success with the late season walleyes are staying within the first 1/2 mile from shore. The north end also kicked out a few fish. Leeches and rainbows worked well, but most live bait is producing fish right now. Anglers will soon shift over to hard baits for evening trolling. The surface temperature has dropped dramatically and it is now in the low 40s, nearly 10 degrees less than last weekend!