Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report, May 12, 2014
The WalleyeDan Team was on Gull Lake this opening weekend for the Governors Opener. The channels were definitely the place to be. Walleyes seemed to be in that 4-10 foot range depending on time of day and boat traffic. Most anglers were catching them on a jig and shiner because it was too crowded to troll but if the boat traffic is light trolling seemed to be producing more fish. Big fish were caught on both methods though. Water temps in the channels were 47-49 degrees and the main lake was a bit cold yet with temps 41-44 degrees. Opening weekend on the Whitefish Chain sounded slow for walleyes with some ‘ok’ pike action. Fish fast to find active fish and cover water. Don’t waste time in areas that aren’t producing. Trolling cranks or pitching jigs are going to be most productive. The walleye bite should only get better as the water warms.
The crappie bite was good with steady action throughout the day and many reports of limits from anglers on both ends of Gull Lake and North Long Lake. I found some 53-degree water and threw a small plastic with a 1/32 oz. jig into the shallows under a float and did well. The crappie bite should stick around for a little while now so get out!
Guide Nick Miltimore