Fishing Report 2/20/2020
With the last weekend of the inland walleye and northern pike season upon us, most reports indicate pretty consistent northern pike activity in relatively shallow water. Walleyes have been a bit more sluggish, but remaining mobile and fishing low-light periods of the day will produce fish. Many anglers have been jigging spoons to draw walleyes in, but they seem to get more bites on dead sticks with live minnows. Look for suspended crappies over deep basin areas or a mixed bag of bluegills and crappies in the shallow- to mid-depths weeds. Eel-pout and tullibee reports are on the increase with most fish coming out of deep water.
Fishing Report 1/19/2020
Good ice has finally formed on lakes throughout the Brainerd area. Unfortunately, the forecast calls for more snow which will probably lead to more slush.
Walleye anglers have been taking lots of fish from Gull Lake, with an all-day bite occurring quite frequently. Hubert, North Long and Round lakes are also giving up fish, but generally during low-light hours.
Crappies, bluegills and northern pike remain active in many of the smaller area lakes. Some of the green weeds are beginning to die-off so the weed line bite is slowing down as fish transition to the basin areas.
Fishing Report 1/10/2020
The bluegills and crappies remain active on the smaller area lakes, with all day bites being reported. Areas with green weeds and the basin holes are key locations. Walleye continue to bite on the larger lakes during low light periods. And some large northern pike are being pulled from the weed lines.
Please note that much of the ice is slushy, and there are layers of slush that have huge air pockets which will impair the strength of the ice. Caution is still needed when heading out.