Brainerd Fishing Report: The fish are active!
As we approach Father’s Day weekend in the Brainerd Lakes Area, fishing and temperatures continue heating up! Multiple species have been active in the area on multiple lakes as lake temps reach over 65-70 degrees F. Walleyes have been cruising various depths, structure and cover; but best depths include 18-28ft midday, 12-20ft at low-light/windy/overcast, and longline trolling shallow-running crankbaits 5-12ft after dark. Fish continue to frequent growing weeds on sandy flats, steep weed lines and mid-lake humps. We have been catching most of our walleyes on a slip bobber/leech, slip/bobber shiner, or jig/minnow combos. Panfish continue to roam the shallows, as well as northern pike and bass. We have been doing well on multiple species, covering water, trolling spinner rigs with artificial soft plastics or tipping small jigs with soft plastics or leeches/minnows/worms in 5-12ft.
On Mille Lacs, target fish on transition areas where hard bottom and soft bottom meet in 22-28ft, or edges of mud flats with a slip bobber and leech for walleyes. Slide on top of rock reefs in 8-16ft for smallmouth bass. Have fun, stay safe and Happy Hawg Hunting!
Brainerd Fishing Report provided by Dustin Monson – Hawg Hunterz Guide Service