Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report February 2, 2015
Comments from a fishing forum:
- Pretty slow this weekend, a few late at night
- We also had a slow weekend, fished walleyes from 11-32 feet with a few lookers, no takers. Fished crappies and sunfish, and caught a few, but it was not the best. That’s fishing!
Fishing Report – 1/30/15
Well, we have the cold back here in the Brainerd Lakes Area! I thinking everyone is still talking about how nice the weather was last weekend! I will admit that the next month is not my favorite time to be fishing; BUT there are still some tricks to bend the rod!
Walleyes continue to be in their mid-late winter patterns. Typically biting during the low light times of the day, walleyes also have a shortened feeding windows, which can make catching them tricky. I like to use set lines and have a smaller jig down that helps bring them to the area. Shallow has been better this week, 17-23 ft seems to be a consistent producer of fish. Just remember that this time of year, the big walleyes are loaded with egga, and catch, photo, released is strongly encourage with the fish over 20 inches.
Crappies and sunfish are also in their normal mid-late winter hold pattern. Find them in basins and shallower weed bowls that hold food. They like to look for shrimp, small minnows, and bugs this time of year. If possible, hole hopping is always the best option, but the cold can be a factor. I fish hard until I can locate a school and get them dialed in. Small jigs tipped with waxies or minnows work well this time of year.
Thanks for reading! Capt. Tim Hanske
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
Brainerd Fishing Report: 1-27-15
The last few weeks have been nothing short of unbelievable, with daytime highs in the mid to upper thirties, it’s been a great time to be on the ice in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The best action has been the northern pike. We’ve had some stellar days the last few weeks in 14 to 18 feet of water. The best action has come on sunny days. If current weather patterns hold, the action should be a good for the few weeks to come. The walleye fishing has been fair. The best bite is still occurring in the evenings from 3:30 to 5:00 o’clock. The best tactic has been a set-line rigged with shiner minnow on a plain hook. The crappie action has been fair with most of the fish being caught in 10 to 12 feet of water around sunset. Smaller baits have been the most effective. The sunfish have been shallow. Search for open pockets amongst the weeds in 6 to 9 feet of water. There is little to no snow on the lakes at the present time. These are prefect conditions to drill a few holes and “troll” with the Vexilar. Pop a few holes on a point and investigate them with a flasher, you will not be disappointed. Side note: I got a peek at the new 620 FS I will be running this year at the Ranger pro-staff meeting in the cities. I can hardly wait for open water! Stay warm and think spring. It will be here before we know it.