Come on summer… We need some warmth to get the fish into thier “normal” patterns in the Brainerd Area Lakes for this time of year. Over all the walleye fishing has been pretty tough. Fish started to turn on last week when we had some warmer days and the water temps began to creep up into the mid 50′s – 60 degree range. Round and North long have been the best as of late but you have to dig through a lot of smaller fish to find some keepers. The pike action has been pretty good and the bass fishing is picking up. The walleyes are showing up in spots where they should be, the challenge has been getting them to bite. We have been concentrating in the 12-18 ft range on the edge of windblown weedlines. Both a jig and minnow and a Lindy Rig and minnow have had some sucsess. The bright spot has been the area crappie fishing. Many of the small dark bottom bays have been good with a small jig and minnow or puddle jumper. Mille Lacs has been a pretty fun bite the past few weeks. We had been fishing the north end sand breakline in the 11-17 ft range using a lindy rig minnow/leech or a jig. The key has been to get the bait away from the boat. Long lining has worked best moving around .5 mph. As of this weekend the fish are starting to transition out to the main lake structures including the mudflats. Lots of action with the average fish being 22-25 inches, keepers are the challenge to find at this point. The guiding schedule is in full bloom now so we’ll be on the water often. If you would like to book at trip with Tim, Butch, or Nate give the baitshop a call at 218-829-7010. Have fun on the water!