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Your Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Reports

Our Latest Fishing Reports

Nate and Butch took a trip ip yo Lake Winnipeg for a few days if March ice fishing. Conditions were great as was the walleye fishing. They caught 3 walleyes over 10 lbs and more 22-27 inch fish than you can count. Current Brainerd area lakes conditions are either ice out or very near. Boats will be in the water soon chasing crappies. Give us a call at 218-829-7010 to book your 2024 open water guide trip.

Multi-species fishing remains very strong throughout the Brainerd area.  Walleyes are moving outside of the weedlines. 18-24 ft have been best. Rigging minnows or leeches have been good. You can still get some walleyes bobber fishing in the weeds but you have to be more precise with location. Bass and pike fishing has been great. Find sone cabbage and you’ll find bass. We’ve been pitching jigs and plastic worms for bass and pike. Quite a few big pike have been biting as well but they are in cooler deeper water on the 22-28 foot range. Panfish are biting strong as well in good green weeds in 10-14 feet. Stay cool and have fun.

Mid Summer Fishing has definitely arrived in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The bite continues to be very good for most species. Walleyes have now transitioned to the deeper weedlines and can be caught on Redtails, Leeches, and Crawlers in 14-22 feet. Bass action is fantastic right now, Jig and minnow or Plastic Worms are turning fish in 8-18 feet. Pike continue to hit spinner baits and larger chubs in 16-26 feet. The bigger pike are now moving deeper. Panfish action is very good as well, both crappies and sunfish are active in the deeper weeds as well. Swing by S and W Bait for the latest reports and updates. Give us a call , and we can put you on some good fishing!

Overall fishing has been very strong in the Brainerd Area. Bass, Pike, and Panfish have been lights out. Presentations do not need to be very specific. Find a weed line with sone good cabbage and you’ll find all types of fish mainly in the 8-14 foot depth range. Walleye fishing has been good overall but the drastic changes in weather have made them a little touchy from time to time. Two main bites happening for walleyes. The first is a slip bobber and leech in the 8-14 foot range, the second is a rigging and minnow bite in 15-20 foot. Both have been hood recently.

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