Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report December 12, 2013
Brainerd Lakes Area
As of Monday, Dec. 9, ice was forming fast on area lakes. Gull Lake now has a few inches of ice, and North Long and Round lakes have roughly 5-9 inches. Last week’s snowstorm left heavy snow on top of the ice which has and will continue to cause problems with ice formation since the snow has an insulating effect. In addition, the weight of the snow is pushing down on the ice so flooding occurs when holes are cut into the ice. Some reports had come in from anglers fishing Round Lake where active walleyes were being pulled from 12-21 feet of water on jigging spoons with fatheads or shiners. Anyone planning to head out was encouraged to use extreme caution, carry ice picks and check ice thickness often. Anglers were also asked to call ahead to a local bait shop for the most current ice conditions.
Aitkin Area Lakes/Northern Lake Mille Lacs
As of Monday, Dec. 9, the ice on the north side of Lake Mille Lacs measured 8-14 inches on the shoreline line out 150-175 yards. This area has some flooding due to the snow cover. The newest ice out 200 yards and beyond is 5 inches thick in the few areas checked. When a hole was drilled through 5 inches of ice, water came streaming out due to the weight of the snow cover. If conditions allow this weekend, travel by foot, ATV and snowmobile will be permitted, however, anglers must travel at their own risk.