We are officially 1 week prior to the Minnesota fishing opener and the excitement is building. After a long tough winter people are very eager to get back in their boats and fish some soft water. It appears that the ice is out on most small area lakes and some even have the docks in at the public accesses. The larger lakes in the area, Gull, North Long, Pelican, and Whitefish are either ice free for very close. So it looks like we will be in the clear in terms of ice for opener! This coming week is going to be a very busy one in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The activities for the Governor’s Opener start for us on Wed evening. Thurs and Fri we are helping with a kids seminar at Grandview. We will be taking 4th graders out fishing both Thurs and Friday on pontoons for panfish. Thursday night is the host meeting, Friday we meet our fishing guests for Saturday at the Nisswa picnic. Congrats to Ray and Toby who will be fishing with the Governor’s office, they will represent the community very well. In terms of fishing, the water is going to be COLD for opener. It sounds like there are some pike that have been starting to stage but not many walleyes as of yet. The DNR said they have had a few walleyes in their traps on the Pine River but not many so it sounds like at this point the water temps are still pretty chilly for the spawn but that could change in a hurry with a little sun. Look for walleyes hanging around any kind of current and fairly shallow this opener. We will be getting the boats in the water today to make sure everything is all tuned up and ready to rock for next weekend. We will be helping out and talking smart Friday night at S & W Baitshop in between the kids fishing event and the picnic. Stop in and say hi. We love seeing and talking to all the familiar faces. It’s a fishing opener tradition and the baitshop is rich with opener memories.
We figured it’s been a long, long winter and it’s about time we start getting our engines reeving for open water for the 2014 season. This year is shaping up to be a very busy opener in the Brainerd Lakes Area with the MN Governor’s Opener. The three of us (Tim, Butch, and Nate) will be taking kids out pan-fishing the two days prior to opener and then taking guests out on opening day as part of the Governor’s opener. Grandview Lodge is hosting the event this year and is sure to be a huge success. There will be many events prior to opener and also for the remainder of the weekend at Grandview. I think everyone is hoping for ice out prior to opener unlike last year. It seems that we are ahead of where we were last year and there should be open water in the Brainerd area by May 10th but it doesn’t hurt to keep your fingers crossed. It has been good to hear from many of our repeat clients who have already been rebooking trips for this upcoming year. It really makes us look forward to fishing with some of our favorite people again for open water. Now that spring is in the air, we will begin posting Brainerd Area fishing reports again on a regular basis. Give us a call (218)-829-7010 if you would like to book a trip or just say hi.
Fish are getting into their fall patterns on most of the area lakes. Depths vary greatly right now. It seems like some schools of walleye are tight to the weeds, others are in that 20-24ft, and yet others are in the 35-45ft. So it’s basically a process of elimination and using the electronics to find the depth where the fish are on a given structure. We have been catching a lot of really fat golden fish. The main bite still seems to be on a lindy rig and minnow rather than jig and minnow but that could change any day. Congrats to Butch and Nate for placing 4th in the Walleye Alliance Fall classic last weekend which was held on Pelican Lake. We still hopefully have another month of good fishing ahead of us before ice.
Finally….Finally….Finally we seem to be back to normal in terms of the fishing activity for the year. The walleyes are really snapping on Gull, Whitefish, and North Long. Fish are still holding pretty tight to the weed lines. Key depths have been 11-19 feet. Find some wind blown weedlines and give it a try. The best part of the action as of late is that you never know what you are going to catch, a walleye, bass, or a pike. We have been mainly fishing Lindy Rigs and minnows but have trolled crawlers with slow death hooks, and pitched weed weazels with good sucsess. They walleyes on Mille Lacs have really slowed up but you can still catch some, just have to work for them. Smallies have been real day to day over there as well. We have lots of new pictures of big catches that will be posted in the picture section. If you want to enjoy some really fun fishing give a call and book at trip. Enjoy this beautiful weather.
Wow what a week of great weather we have had for the 4th! However, although the weather has been more than what you could ever ask for, the fishing has been up and down. We have been out a lot in the last couple of weeks with very mixed results, one day you do alright and the next day not so good. We’ve been on Gull, Round, North Long, Whitefish, and Mille Lacs, with Mille Lacs by far the most consistent walleye bite. Bass, Northern, and Pan Fish are biting everywhere and have been providing the majority of the action. Fishing in and around shallow weeds with slip bobbers and small leeches have been catching all kinds of mixed bags. Bass are also going strong pitching a Weed Weasel tipped with a small minnow up into the weeds and pumping it back to the boat or using a 3/16 ounce Mushroom Jig head and 6” artificial worm, color hasn’t seemed to matter much. For Walleye action around the Brainerd area Whitefish and North Long have been the best. Lindy Rigging next to the weed lines with chubs, leeches, and crawlers, make sure and have them all along for bait because each day varies as to what they seem to prefer. Mille Lacs has been the best action by far for Walleyes. We have been fishing the northern 1/3 of the lake on the mud flats. Again, have both Crawlers and leeches along on a 6-10 foot Snell, it can vary by the hour out there on what they want to bite on. Sometimes they are on top of the flats, edges, or completely off the edges in that 30+ depth, just go until you mark em, then fish em, and hold on. We are finding more keeper fish showing up out there then before and still lots of those 22-27 inchers. Hope everyone had a fun save 4th and thanks again to all of our men and women who have served and are currently serving this wonderful country!