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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 6-18-17
The walleye bite is heating up in the Brainerd Lakes Area. North Long and Pelican Lake were the most consistent lakes this past week. Key locations were large weed flats in 12 to 14 feet of water. The bite was even shallower on windy days. Mille Lacs continues to produce numerous walleyes on the flats. We had several 40-50 fish days this last week. The best bait was a leech. Key water depths were 24 to 31 feet. The small mouth bass action was nothing short of incredible earlier in the week before the big cold front. This action should return once the weather stabilizes.Tube jigs in green crayfish and bluegill colors produced the most fish. The sunfish have finished spawning and moved out to the backside edge of the weeds in 6 to 8 feet of water. The pike action is improving but still has a ways to go. Happy Father's Day everyone. Thanks for all the calls. We will see you on the water.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 6-11-17
Here I am typing at 10:30 pm after fishing all day, so this is going to be short and sweet. The new boat was on the water today for its first trip. Keep the fingers crossed. This boat looks like it is going to be a good one. The walleye fishing was a bit slower the last few days as more and more fish start the transition to summer locations. The warmer temperatures continue to rise, which means we close to hit the magic mark. The bass action has been good on most area lakes. This action should only improve as the water temperatures rise. Sorry for the short report but the eyes are getting sleepy and I have to be up on Whitefish early tomorrow. Happy fishing. See your next week.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 6-06-17
Pelican, North Long, and Edwards were the best lakes for walleyes this last week. Key locations were right outside of the weeds on wind blown structures. Key water depths were between 16 to 28 feet depending on which lake was being fished. The clearer the lake, the deeper the weed line, and the deeper the fish. Good baits were shiner minnows and red tail chubs. The sunfish are still in the shallows, spawning, on many of the lakes throughout the area. Key locations are sandy bottom areas near vegetation. Good water depths are 2 to 4 feet. The crappies have moved out to the first break and have started to establish their summer pattern. The bass have move a little deeper too. This migration should continue as the days get longer and the sun gets higher in the sky. The new boat is on its way. It should be here next Friday. I may have to do some midnight boat rigging this weekend. Keep the calls coming, I can sleep when the snow returns.
Life is Good.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 6-01-17
The Minnesota bass opener found the majority of the bass extremely shallow in the Brainerd Lakes. Key water depths have been 4 to 6 feet. The best locations were on large shallow water flats with pencil reeds present. Good baits were jig/worm combos in pumpkin seed and blue fleck. The crappie have finished spawning on the majority of the lakes and moved back to the first break line outside the weeds. The walleye action has been spotty depending on the weather. The bite should improve as the weather stabilizes. The majority of the walleye are relating to the outside edge of the weeds in 16 to 23 feet of water. Shiner minnows continue to produce fish in these situations. The smallmouth action is starting to heat up on Mille lacs in 4 to 6 feet of water. Rubble mixed with boulders are prime locations. So many places to fish, so little time. Life is Good!
JOHN

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Nice Spring Bass!



Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 5-23-17
The best walleye bite in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been happening on Mille Lacs. The action has been great with numerous walleye being caught in the 16 to 22 inch class. We had several outings over the last week where we released 15 to 20 fish per hour. Few places can match that type of activity anywhere! Key locations were sandy areas in 8 to 12 feet of water. The best bait was a jig and shiner minnow. The late evening trolling bite on Gull Lake remains strong while North Long has also been giving up a few walleyes during the day in 16 to 18 feet. The windblown structures on the main lake have produced the most fish with red tails and shiner minnows being equally effective. The majority of the crappies have finished spawning and moved back to the outer edge of the weeds. Key locations are in 8 to 11 feet of water near good stands of cabbage weeds. Slip bobbers tipped with a small jig and minnow have been the most effective lures in these situations. The sunfish are spawning in the shallows on many of the area lakes. Prime locations are in 4 to 6 feet of water. The Minnesota bass season officially opens this Saturday. Key locations this weekend will be in 6 to 9 feet of water. The majority of the bass are still relating to the pencil reeds. Jig/worm combos are effective presentations in these situations. The fishing action should only improve as the water temperatures continue to rise. Happy Memorial Day and thanks for all the calls.
Life is Good.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 5-18-17
The best walleye fishing in the Brainerd Lakes has been occurring in the evening hours in 6 to 9 feet of water. The spot-tail shiner spawn is on and the walleyes are taking advantage of the easy pickings. Trolling floating minnow baits has been very effective right now. Good speeds have been 1.2 to 1.8 mph. The best colors have been blue/silver and fire-tiger. Key locations have been sand flats near newly emerging cabbage weeds. The crappie fishing has be fantastic. Most crappies are getting ready to spawn. Search out known spawning habitat and then work towards deeper water If crappies are not present. Key locations have been staging areas in 7 to 9 feet of water near good stands of cabbage weeds. Small jigs tipped with a minnow and suspended below a bobber have been extremely effective. The sunfish have been even shallower, with 5 to 6 feet of water being the most productive. The northern pike are up on the sand flats too. Jigs tipped with a shiner minnow has been a deadly combination for these toothy critters. A 8 to 10 inch shock tippet of 20 lb test is a must in these situations. Attach one end directly to the jig and then a swivel to the other, Tie the main line to the swivel. Pitch the jig out from the boat and then snap it along as you pull the boat forward with the trolling motor. Good speeds have been 1.7 to 1.9 mph. Memorial Day is coming quickly and we are booking up quickly. Thanks for all the calls. See you on the water!!
Life is Good.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 5-11-17
The weather has heated up and so has the fishing the Brainerd Lakes Area. The crappies have invaded the shallow water areas and are readily biting small minnow, grub type imitations suspended below a bobber. The bite has been so good that live bait hasn't been needed. The best soft plastic bait colors have been root beer, smoke, and white. Search out backwater areas in 4 to 6 feet of water which are near know crappie spawning habitat. It won't be long, if the current temperatures hold, before the crappies will be spawning in the pencil reeds and bulrushes. The sunfish action has also picked up throughout the area. Key locations have been in 2 to 4 feet of water. A small jig tipped with a panfish leech has been a deadly combination. The best panfish bite has been occurring in the backwater areas with muddy bottoms. Locations with newly emerging lily pads have been best. The walleye action was fair this weekend. The best bite occurred in the evening hours. I look for this bite to improve as the water temperatures continue to rise. Keep posted. It's open water fishing time. We will be updating this forum weekly now throughout the summer until late fall. Good Luck this weekend!
Life is Good.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 4-20-17
The crappie fishing has been good in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Small backwater areas have been producing the most fish. Search out locations with soft, dark, muddy bottoms. These spots warm considerably quicker than other areas. The best fishing spots have been located on the smaller bays of the larger lakes. Small channels, harbors, and marshy areas have been producing the most fish. Small jigs, when fished two to three feet below a bobber, have been the best baits. Tip the jigs with minnows or plastic grub imitations. Don't use too heavy of a jig. Spring crappies can't resist presentations which fall slowly. Heavy jigs fall too quickly and are less attractive to fish when the water is cold. Fan cast likely areas while cruising with your trolling motor. Drop the anchor, or hit the spot lock, when the first crappie is found. You've found the spot! Crappie rarely are by themselves. Fish the area effectively and you will have the makings of your summer's first fish fry. Keep posted. There will be more fishing reports to come. It is finally nice to be back on soft water.
Life is Good.
JOHN

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It's Crappie Time!


Brainerd, Minnesota
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.
Life is Good.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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.
Life is Good.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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.
Life is Good.
Keep Thinking Spring.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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.
Life is Good.
Think Spring.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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.
Life is Good.
Stay warm.
JOHN

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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.
JOHN

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