Brainerd Fishing Report: Great Fishing is upon us!
Great fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area for multiple species!
For walleyes, I’ve been focusing efforts in 16-24ft with jig/minnow presentations or slip bobber/leeches. Fish have been roaming flats and points, especially with developing weed growth. Search out schools of fish, as I’ve seen schools with over 50 fish on multiple lakes. They tend to roam the tops of deep edges/breaks during low light periods, and inside weed pockets or bottom sides of weed lines during the day. Night trolling continues to produce walleyes in 4-10ft of water. Slow trolling shallow diving crankbaits, such as the Smithwick Rogue have been my go-to. Northern Pike are relatively aggressive right now, and depths 10-16ft have been consistent trolling crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or pitching jig/minnow combos near weed lines, weed flats, or around weedy bays. Panfish are shallow 2-10ft, and can be targeted with soft plastics/small jig, jig/crappie minnow, or using a piece of a nightcrawler under a bobber. Seek out shallow timber, weedy bays, and pencil reeds. We are still scheduling fully-guided fishing trips in June! Good luck, stay safe and happy Hawg Hunting!