Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report December 6, 2013
As of Dec. 2, anglers were venturing out onto the smaller area lakes. Reports from Norway and other smaller lakes indicated an average of 4- to 6-nches of ice along the shorelines, with thinner ice toward the center of the lakes. Larger lakes were not being fished, except for occasional, sheltered bays. As of Nov. 29, Whitefish Lake had a mere 2 inches of ice near shore. Most anglers are currently reporting lots of panfish and northern pike action in the shallower lakes and in the bays of some of the larger lakes. Recent heavy snowfall will slow ice formation as the snow insulates the ice, and can lead to flooding if the snow is heavy enough. Caution is a must. Despite the layer of thick snow, current below zero temperatures will help build ice and conditions should improve over the next two weeks.
Whitefish Chain of Lakes Area
Last weekend, ice conditions varied widely on area lakes. Some light weight portable shelters have already been pulled out onto some of the smaller lakes and bays. Anglers reported ice thicknesses ranging from 2- to 6-inches. Patches of open water were reported on Whitefish and Cross lakes, a good reminder to use extreme caution venturing out onto the ice this time of year.