Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report-8/20/15
Brainerd Minnesota Fishing Report
The walleyes in the BLA are at incredible numbers. Besides the typical lakes you hear about, such as; the Gull Chain, Whitefish chain, Pelican, Round, Edwards and Hubert, there are many smaller lakes (60-800 acres) that hold walleyes. If you want to figure out which ones hold ol’ clayface all you have to do is go to the Minnesota lake finder online (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/index.html) or download the app that the Minnesota DNR has so graciously given the public and study for yourself. Stocking reports and creel studies are all included on the lake finder. I recommend looking at a map of the area on your computer, and write down lakes you wish to look at. Then just start studying, and within a few hours you will have a handful of small lakes that you can target!
Many of the small lakes I fish are stocked by the DNR either yearly, every other year, or every few years. This is due to the fact that walleyes either do not reproduce, or the spawn can’t maintain the population of fish. Some small lakes have awesome reproduction and there isn’t a need for stocking. Many do not realize what the BLA has to offer outside the more popular walleye lakes. There are oodles of lakes within the 30 mile radius of Brainerd that are teaming with walleyes of all sizes. I have several “Lake X’s” where I can go catch numbers, a few lakes that I can go when I want to catch a few mixed in with other species and a few lakes where I can go to locate a giant. I would love to be able to share all my finds, but all I can say is they are out there and they are awesome!