Fishing Report: 4-03-17
The loons have returned to the Brainerd Lakes area. It is nice to hear the sounds of birds, frogs, and wildlife again after all those silent months of winter. Most of the smaller lakes are ice free. The ice on larger lakes has pulled 20 to 30 feet away from the shores. Things are shaping up for an early ice out this year, especially if we can hook some more rain. Nothing eats ice quicker than rain. We got about a 1/2 inch of rain last night but we still need more water in the area. Many of the lakes I visited yesterday were down 1 to 1 1/2 feet. The entire concrete access was exposed on Round Lake. It will be difficult to land a boat there without some more water. The suckers started running in the creeks this weekend. Most of the northern pike were spawning last week. The walleye should start spawning in the next few days. The honey-do-list is getting smaller. I can feel the open water crappie fishing season creeping around the corner. I truly love this time of year. The crappie fishing should be good this year. Low water will force the fish into different areas. Traditional spring spots might not have enough water to hold crappies if current water conditions continue. This will concentrate crappies into smaller areas. Low water conditions always require a little more searching but the rewards should be worth it. Give Michelle a call if you are interested in fishing. I will be out getting the boat ready.
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It's Going Fast!
Fishing Report: 3-25-17
The local lakes have started to darken but we still have plenty of ice in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The panfish bite has been good on many of the smaller lakes throughout the area. Key locations are found in 6 to 9 feet of water near good stands of green crisp weeds. Brown, decaying, weeds eat up oxygen. Fish will leave these locations quickly when oxygen levels drop. The Rainy River is open. I am hoping to get up there one time before the season closes. Too bad work always seems to get in the way. I am limited to the weekends this time of year. The little pointer pup is progressing with her training. She should be ready to go by this fall. The DNR released their new walleye regulations for Mille Lacs Lake this summer. The big pond will be catch-n-release for walleye again this year but will also have a no walleye fishing period during the hottest weeks of June. Check out the Minnesota DNR website for further details. I best get going. There are still a bunch of items left on the honey-do list.
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Fishing Report: 3-07-17
The wind has been nothing short of unreal these last few days in the Brainerd Lakes Area. All of our snow was gone about two days ago and then we got about a 1/2 inch last night. The winds has been blowing 25 to 30 mph for much of the evening with gusts up to 40 mph. It's definitely not an evening that's fit for man nor beast. Much of the local ice fishing has come to a stand still. There has been a good panfish bite occurring on some of the smaller lakes in the area but the crappie fishing has been slow during the day. The only flurry of crappie activity happens when the sun hits the trees at dusk. The bite has been short and sweet then and lasts about and hour. Much of my time has been spent on preparing for the spring. The new boat is somewhere in production and will hopefully be here by the end of the month. That's should give me plenty of time to finish the rigging before open water arrives. I been spending my spare time training the new pup. I forgot how much work they can be. She is going to be a wonderful dog. Stop by at the Power Lodge in Brainerd this Saturday. I will be there from 9 to 4. There's nothing better than talking about boats, fishing, and dogs to help the dull drums of March slip by.
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Keep Thinking Spring.
Fishing Report: 2-22-17
The Brainerd landscape has changed. The weather has been unseasonably warm the last ten days. Much of the local snow cover is gone and many of the smaller swamps have open water. The small creeks and rivers are running high. There is literally water everywhere, Don't get your hopes up too high but things are shaping up for an early ice out this year. Enjoy the warm weather while you can. The weatherman is calling for colder weather by this weekend. Hopefully it won't last to long. I was out the last few nights without a jacket. Gotta love it! The walleye fishing has been spotty on the local lakes. Mille Lacs has been spotty as well. I have spent most of my spare time training our new little German shorthaired pointer. She should be ready to go by fall. The new boat is somewhere in production. Hopefully it will be here soon. So much to do, so little time. I guess there is no one to blame but myself. The ice houses have been coming off the local lakes in record pace. The walleye season will close in a few more days so get out and fish if you still have the itch. There is standing water on many of the area lakes. It's time to start getting the boats ready. It looks like it will be a good spring on the Rainy River this year.
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Fishing Report: 2-08-17
The ice conditions remain good in the Brainerd Lakes area. Be careful not to drive close to current areas. These locations can have significantly less ice than main lake areas, The walleye bite has been slow on many of the area lakes. The recent cold front has slowed down Millie Lacs as well. Things should pick up again when the temperatures start to rise. The crappie fishing has been spotty too. This should also pick up once we get closer to March. The sunfish action has been good on most of the smaller lakes. Key locations have been holes within the weeds in 6 to 9 feet of water. Good healthy weeds are a must for catching panfish. Sunfish quickly vacate dying weed growth areas. Small teardrops tipped with euro larva have been the best baits. The tip up action for big northern pike has been good the last few weeks. Key depths have been in 12 to 16 feet of water. Large sucker minnows suspended below a quick strike rig have accounted for most of the fish. March is just around the corner. The new Ranger should be here soon. I will post a few pics when it arrives. It will be the same model as last year's boat only with different colors. I still have tons to do before the spring crappie fishing season arrives; finish taxes, honey-do list, and many more. The new German Shorthair pup is doing great. She should be ready to hunt by next fall. I forgot how much extra work a little pup could be. So much for catching up on my sleep this winter.
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Fishing Report: 1-15-17
Happy New Year Everyone! The last few weeks have been extremely cold with temperatures dipping as low as minus 32 degrees on several past mornings. The conditions have been great for making ice but not much fun for ice fishing. Hopefully the predicted warm up will materialize next week and we can get back to better fishing conditions. The crappie fishing has been good on many of the smaller lakes in the area. Key locations are deep water holes near sharp breaking points. The crappies were very aggressive before the big chill and they would fly up off the bottom to take jigging spoons. Slower methods of presentation are more effective at this time. The walleye bite has been fair to good on Gull Lake. Key times are the forty-five minutes windows around sunrise and sunset. Mille Lacs has been producing numbers of fish these last few weeks. Key locations are the tops of most flats in 24 to 27 feet of water. Jigging spoons were deadly before the big freeze but set lines are now out performing other methods at this time.
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