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Brainerd Fishing Report: 5-11-15
The weather on the Saturday of Opener was nice but unfortunately short lived. Rain showers and colder temperatures moved in that night and have been with us since. The cold front we experienced mid week prior to the weekend slowed fishing more than expected. There were still fish willing to bite. It just took a little more work to find them. The walleye schools were scattered. There was no pattern to their depth. It was literally fish where you found them. Some fish were shallow while others were deep. The only constant was the lure selection. Blue/white colored jigs, and solid green, tipped with shiner minnows were responsible for all the walleye we caught.  The bites were not aggressive by any means and we missed way more fish than we caught. Our hooking percentage was terrible, pathetic would be a better word, until we finally forced ourselves to slow things way down. Quick hook sets were rewarded with skinned minnows and no fish. Unbearable waiting,  5 to 7 seconds, resulted in the most hookups with the majority of the fish still only hooked in the lip. The good news is warm weather is in the forecast. Which means the fish can only get more aggressive. See you next week. Life is Good!
JOHN

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Opener's First Fish!
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Another Nice One
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It's Fish Fry TIME

Brainerd Fishing Report: 5-08-15
The eve of the Minnesota walleye season is finally upon us. It's been a long, sometimes tedious, wait but it's finally here. The weatherman threw us a curve ball yesterday in the form of a major cold but there should still be plenty of fish to catch. Start your search shallow. The shiners started to spawn early last week and the shallows are full of minnows. The best option is to match the "hatch". Good bait options will be 1/8 oz to 1/4 oz jigs tipped with shiner minnows. Current areas always hold fish this time of year. One of the best spots is located on the north end of Gull Lake. There is a community fishing pier on the south side of the CR 77 bridge by Zobra's. Deep holes are located on both sides of the bridge. The spot is a local favorite. Many walleyes are taken from this area each spring.  Life is Good!
JOHN

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Crappie Action is Good!

Brainerd Fishing Report: 5-02-15
The frigid temperatures are now behind us. It's time to think of crappie fishing. The local lakes have warmed up and the hungry schools of crappies have moved into the shallows. There's nothing like crappie fishing to celebrate the end of another winter. Key location are in 4 to 6 feet of water. Search out soft bottom areas and look for large clumps of cabbage. Don't waste too much time sitting in one location. Crappies travel in big schools, find one and more are sure to follow. Good baits are small jigs, 1/32 oz, suspended below a bobber. Fan cast likely locations until you make contact with the first crappie and then ease an anchor over the side. Then it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy. This is what spring is all about. Life is Good!
JOHN

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Time to catch Crappies!
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Can you say, "Fish Fry"
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It's crappie time!
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Perfect "eater"

Brainerd Fishing Report: 4-20-15
The Brainerd lakes are ice free! I love those words. It's such a  good feeling to have soft water again.  I was out breaking in my new 620 FS on North Long last night. The water temps are still a little chilly but warming quickly. I'm planning to put a few poles in the boat next time and start looking for some crappies.  The transition routes between deep water wintering areas and the shallows are key locations this time of year. Search for good cabbage beds located on the first deep break of known springtime crappie locations. Fish quickly with beetle spins or road runners to make first contact then slow down. Crappies are a numbers fish. Rarely will you find one without finding a bunch this time of year. The trick is locating the first one. Keep it touch!
JOHN

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It's Break in Time!
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Beautiful Sunset
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She's a KEEPER!
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It's ALL Good

Brainerd Fishing Report: 4-11-15
The ice has finally started to pull away from the shorelines on most of the smaller lakes and ponds throughout the area. The migrating ducks have returned on the river and I even witnessed a great blue heron the other day. It's a nice feeling be on the tailing end of another winter. The open water will be here before we know it. It's time to start getting ready. I picked up my boat this week. I will be running Ranger's new 620 FS model this year. There's still a few nights of rigging to do but I'm hoping to have it all finished before open water arrives. My prediction for ice out is April 15th if current conditions hold. Life is Good!
JOHN

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Edwards is open!

Brainerd Fishing Report: 4-05-15
Where did March go? The local lakes have finally started to turn dark. Most smaller swamps are ice free and the sound of spring peepers has returned to northern Minnesota. It's always great to hear their chorus while driving with the windows down for the first time in the spring. We are still two to three weeks away from open water. It's The current areas Round have opened in Rogers, MN from 10am to 4pm to answer any questions you might have about early season walleyes and crappies. Stay warm and think spring.  Life is Good!
JOHN

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Gilbert is starting to turn dark!

Brainerd Fishing Report: 2-25-15
The cold weather just doesn't want to leave the Brainerd Lakes Area. The daytime highs have only been in the single digits for much of last week. I'm not kidding when I say, "It's getting old". The Minnesota walleye season is now officially closed on island waters until the Opener in May. The panfish activity has been good for those willing to brave the elements but I've been spending most of my spare time preparing for spring. There really hasn't been much activity on the ice this week. Thanks to everyone who came up ice fishing with us this winter. Let's hope the ice will melt quickly and we can get back on the water soon. I am itching to get a few hours on the new boat. Stop in and visit me if you get bored on Saturday, February 28. I will be at the Cabela's store in Rogers, MN from 10am to 4pm to answer any questions you might have about early season walleyes and crappies. Stay warm and think spring.  Life is Good!
JOHN

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Sneak Peek of the New Ranger!

Brainerd Fishing Report: 2-03-15
The cold weather has returned to the North Land. Mr. Groundhog says we can expect another six weeks of winter but I'm hoping for less. My new Ranger 620 FS rolled into town last week and I anxious to get it into the water. I know spring is still a long ways off, but you can't blame a guy for dreaming. The walleye bite remains fair throughout the Brainerd Lakes area. We've been catching most of the fish on Gull and North Long lakes in 12 to 18 feet of water on tip ups. The best times have been mornings and late afternoons. A golden shiner minnow hooked through the dorsal fin with a chartreuse colored size #4 hook has been producing the best results. The northern pike action remains steady. The sunny days have been good for seeing  numbers of fish but we've been seeing the largest fish when it's been overcast. Tip-ups rigged with a sucker minnow have been effective. The best action in the area has been the panfish. There's been a good bite on Clark Lake in 6 to 9 feet of water. Small tear drops tipped with waxworms have been producing steady action. Stay warm and think spring. Who cares what the Groundhog thinks!  Life is Good.
JOHN

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Nice Gull Lake Eye!

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.
JOHN

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The Pike Action is Good!

Brainerd Fishing Report: 1-13-15
The weatherman is finally calling for a break from the frigid temperatures we've been experiencing. We might even see daytime highs in the mid 30's by this weekend. The walleye action remains fair with most of the fish being caught from the shallows. The best depths have been 12 to 18 feet. Set lines, or rattle reels, are still producing the best action. A small shiner minnow on a plain hook has been the best bait. The northern pike action remains strong with several 39+ inch being caught this week. Gull and Whitefish have been producing the most action for pike. The crappie bite on North Long has slowed with the best action taking place after hours. Large crowds have forced fish to change their feeding times on several lake. Lake Hubert had been producing prior to the big freeze and we are hoping the return of warmer weather will also bring back the bite there as well. The pan fish have been located in 6 to 8 feet of water near healthy stands of cabbage. If you haven't purchased your Extravaganza ticket yet, there is still time but I would wait. It looks like it will be a great day to be on the ice if the current weather predictions hold. Stay warm!
JOHN

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That's a BIG "gill"

Brainerd Fishing Report: 1-06-15
The frigid temperatures over the past few weeks have created excellent ice conditions in the Brainerd Lakes area, The few exceptions have been located near strong current areas between lakes and river inlets. Most of the worst locations are well marked but use caution when unsure. The spearing action has been great. The best locations have been located near large healthy cabbage beds which drop off quickly to deeper water. The walleye action has been fair. There are two active patterns right now. Some of the walleye schools have been relating to the cabbage weeds in 12 to 18 feet of water while the rest are being found in the deeper water anywhere from 34 to 42 feet. The majority of the walleyes seem to prefer a set line at this time with little to no movement. The best baits have been smaller shiner minnows on plain chartreuse or pink hooks. The best crappie fishing has been occurring on the smaller lakes. The larger crowds on some of the bigger lakes has shifted the evening bite to late at night on those lakes. The best crappie baits have been small glow demon jigs in green or red tipped with a small minnow or a waxworm. Stay warm and keep posted.
JOHN

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That's a BIG Gator!
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Another Nice Pike
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Nice Pike!
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Perfect "eater"
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