Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report October 31, 2013
Brainerd Lakes Area
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
Mille Lacs Lake action has been split evenly between the trollers and the bobber anglers, with most of the boats reporting at least a few fish. Last week, 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,” but the abundance of bait fish made for a pretty tough bite. Anglers have been having the most success with the late season walleyes when staying within the first half mile from shore. The north end also kicked out a few fish. Leeches and rainbows have worked well, but most live bait has produced fish. Anglers should shift over to hard baits for evening trolling either now or in the near future.