The panfish bite was excellent last week on lakes throughout the Brainerd area. Jigging spoons and plastics out-produced live bait, and very aggressive jigging was best to trigger a reaction bite. Northern pike action was amazing with larger light northern suckers working best, especially when suspended about 1/2 halfway down in the water column on the breaklines. The walleye were sluggish, but a few were taken on minnow heads during early morning and evening hours. The eelpout bite was starting to heat up.