Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report 6/29/15
The walleyes in the Brainerd Lakes Area have begun to make a strong push towards their traditional summer locations. I’ve been finding my fish on saddles, points, and fingers that extend from shoreline structure out to the main lake structure. Many of the fish seem to be in this awkward in-between area and ready to eat.
It depends on the lake, but you’ll want to fish the very edge of the weeds and work your way out from there. Typically 17 or 18 feet out to that 24-25 foot stuff. If there are low light, windy, or overcast conditions the fish will be on the shallower side of that range. Flat calm or high sun and I would slide to the outer edge of that depth range, or deeper.
A general rule of thumb is to not stop to fish until you graph them first. Don’t waste time fishing for something that isn’t there. Once I have graphed a pod of fish, I will typically start off by pulling a Lindy Rig tipped with a leech or night crawler through the school. Ripping a #7 Rapala Jiggin’ Rap in front of their faces is also a great tactic for plucking out some of the active biters.
If you find a nice pod of walleyes, don’t be afraid to kick it old school a soak a slip-bobber over the top of them. It’s quite surprising how willing a walleye is to inhale a leech that’s dancing on a bare hook under a bobber, even in calm waters with a lack of “walleye chop”. A Thill Splash Brite Float is a great option for the evening bite. These bobbers will automatically light up when they come in contact with the water, shutting off once reeled in. They have a line-friendly grommet that allows the line to slide freely through reducing tangles. I like to skip the traditional sinkers and use a 1/8th oz or 1/4th oz sliding bell sinker above a barrel swivel instead. This drastically helps with line twist and also allows you to get your bait back down in front of the school of fish quicker than your fishing buddy next to you.
Pelican and North Long continue to be the heavy hitters in the Brainerd area; we are also starting to see some fish coming from Gull and Round Lakes again as well.
Good luck out there!
Brett McComas – HSM Outdoors