Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report December 26/27, 2013
Whitefish – Whitefish Chain of Lakes Region
Ice conditions vary greatly on area lakes, and ice thickness ranges from 4-14 inches. The recent cold temperatures are penetrating the snow pack and helping to firm up areas with slush and thin ice. Anglers have pulled out portable shelters in areas with good ice, with a decent walleye bite being reported. Anglers are having the most success using suckers in 18-30 feet of water. The first permanent fish houses are starting to appear on area lakes. Please remember to use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice.
Aitkin -Lake Mille Lacs
On the northern side of the lake, one resort that was plowing their access found roughly 7 inches of ice. One area had 9 inches of ice, but this was an area that had flooded and refroze, adding to the top layer. Please watch for any remaining wet areas since you do not want to stop or slow down in a wet spot. A decent northern pike bite was reported in the bays along the south end of the lake, with some scattered walleyes and a few medium-size perch also being taken. Suckers were best for the northerns, while shiners and fatheads were best for the walleyes. The perch preferred waxworms on small gem-n-eyes. Depths of 12-20 feet seemed to be the most productive.
Ice conditions have shaped up nicely! I have been seeing trucks driving on most lakes, and the snow depth is manageable. Ice depth ranges from 9-14 inches. I however am still not ready to drive my truck so snowmobiles and four wheelers have been my choice. Here is the run down on fishing!
Walleyes have been going pretty steady during low light hours. Depth has been the most difficult thing to master. 13-40 feet of water seems to the area to focus in on. Drilling holes and or setting tips in a wide range of depth will yield better results.
Crappies and sunfish are biting well on the smaller lakes around the Brainerd/Baxter area. Normally they can be found in the main lake basins ranging from 15-40 feet of water. Small jigs under bobbers have been the best.
Good luck, and be safe!!!
Thanks, Capt. Tim Hanske
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