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Life is Good!
Fishing Report: 05-17-19
We are definitely behind schedule this spring in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The majority of lakes I've been on this last week, about a dozen, had water temperatures in the upper forties to lower fifties. We need some heat around here. The walleye bite has been fair to poor this last week. The one exception has been Mille Lacs. There has been a good bite on the "big pond" in 8 to 10 feet of water. Windblown shorelines with slow tapering sandy bottoms have been the best locations. The best presentation has been snap jigging a shiner minnow on a 1/8 oz jig. The shiners minnows have finally started to run. Most local bait shops now have a good supply. The bass spawn is way behind schedule. I have seen very few on beds so far. The sunfish are just started to move into the shallows, I have yet to see any sunfish on beds. The crappies are relating to the first break outside spawning locations. Fish fast until you find the first one and then anchor. The good news is the weatherman is calling for warmer weather in the week to come. It is nice to see soft water again. See you next week.
Big Pond Action
Fish Fry Time
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Fishing Report: 05-10-19
The weather has been unseasonably cold for the last few days in the Brainerd Lakes Area. (We received about an inch of snow last night.) The shallows are empty right now. The colder temperatures have pushed the crappies into deeper water. They are relating to stands of cabbage weeds on the first deepwater break. The minnows have left the shallows too, so the chances of having spot tail shiners available this weekend are poor. The majority of walleyes are going to be deep. The exception will be walleye still spawning in current areas. The bulk of the walleye forage, easily seen on the depth finder, is in 26 to 32 feet of water. The good news is the weather looks good for this weekend. Keep posted. We will see you on the water.
Fishing Report: 05-06-19
The water temperatures have heated up and so has the crappie bite in the Brainerd Lakes. Key locations have been shallow, muddy, backwater areas with plenty of sunshine present. Small jigs, tipped with crappie minnows or puddle jumpers, continue to be the bait of choice. The suckers have finally started to run in the creeks and rivers, a sure sign the walleye spawn if complete. There is no doubt about it. We are behind schedule this spring in the Brainerd Lakes Area. I talked to several bait dealers this week. All predict a shortage of spot-tail shiners opening weekend of the Minnesota walleye season, May 11th. The cooler than normal water conditions have delayed this year's shiner spawn. Keep posted. I will have more information in the days to come.
It's Crappie Time!
Fishing Report: 04-29-19
This weekend's weather was a bit cooler than the last few days. It was just another reminder of how quickly the weather can in change in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The good news is 95% of the lakes are free of ice. All of the ice will all be gone well before the May 11th Minnesota walleye fishing opener. The good news is the crappies have been biting. Key locations have been shallow, backwater area with muddy bottoms. These locations warm quickly when the sun has a chance to heat the bottom. Good presentations have been small 1/16th oz jigs, tipped with either crappie minnows or puddle jumpers, and then suspended below a casting bubble. Slower retrieves work best this time of year. The water is cooler than normal and fish metabolism is still low. The crappies are willing to eat. They just don't want to chase right now. The long term forecast is looking good. Things should only get better as things continue to warm. Keep posted. I will be posting more pictures next week.
Fishing Report: 04-22-19
Spring is finally here and it is such a good feeling. The smaller ponds are alive with the chorus of singing birds and frogs. I haven't seen any mosquitos yet, but rest assured, they will be arriving soon. Most of the smaller lakes are completely ice-free. Larger lakes like; Round, Hubert, Edwards, and Merrifield Bay were still covered with ice. But the ice was black and slushy looking, so it won't be around long. Gull Lake was 70% open on the upper end. There was even someone out crappie fishing on Bar Harbor's docks. All of the docks are in at the public landing by Zorbaz. There was even one trailer in the parking lot. I guess it is time to get serious. I just starting putting the line on a bunch of new reels last night. I love this time of year. I always kid my wife about it. Everyone else gets their presents at Christmas. Fishing guides get theirs in Spring. The UPS truck has stopped by several times already this week. I am sure there will be a few more stops before its all over. Little Grete, our youngest GSP, will be down at Rice Creek with me this coming Saturday, Stop in at the main booth and say Hi.Keep posted. I will update things in about a week.
Life is Good!
Fishing Report: 04-16-19
The sun has returned to the Brainerd Lakes Area and so has more seasonable springlike temperatures. It is 65 degrees outside and Life is GOOD!. The power of the sun is amazing. We had 6 to 8 inches of snow in the yard yesterday and now it is just about gone. The ice is pulling away from the shores on Gull Lake and the ice on 371 Bay of North Long is looking black. The current forecast is calling for an extended period of high's in the '50-'60s with lows well about freezing. These are the perfect conditions for getting rid of ice. Hopefully, these conditions will hope until the end of the month so we can be ice-free by May. Keep posted. I will update with some more pictures later in the week. Our last chukar hunt of the season is just around the corner. It has been a good, but brief season this year. The dogs are looking good. Stop down to the Reed's Gun Fair at Rice Creek Preserve in Little Falls next week if you are looking for something to do. The Game Fair starts on Friday, April 26th and runs through Sunday the 28th. I will be at the main booth on Saturday. I will post some more pictures soon.
Fishing Report: 04-11-19
This last round of snow has really put a damper on any thoughts of spring in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The ice was just starting to turn dark and pull away from the shores on multiple lakes before we got dumped on by this last storm. I think we have received about 9 inches of the heavy, wet, ugly, stuff at my house with another few inches still to come. It will be several days before it has a chance to melt. Things are getting serious now. North Long Lake had about 20 inches of ice this last weekend. All this snow hasn't helped matters. Any way you look at it, we still have about 3 to 4 weeks before we open water on the big lakes. With opening day of walleye fishing just 30 days away, I'm beginning to think we might still have ice on the larger lakes when the opener of fishing season starts. I wish I had better news to share but I don't. Ice conditions will be marginal from this point on for the rest of the year. That being said, we won't be giving any more ice fishing recommendations for the rest of the season. The only bright spot has been chukar hunting. Ava and Greta are really developing into a nice brace of pointers. Too bad the snow had to come. We had a hunt scheduled for this weekend but then cancelled because of the snow. Next weekend will be our final hunt of the season. Stop in at Rice Creek in Little Falls and see us. See you next week.
Fishing Report: 04-01-19
I guess I spoke just a little too soon, I finally thought winter was over and then we get snow flurries last night. The good news is most of the snow is gone with the exception of a few banks in the woods. The ice on the smaller ponds has started to turn black while the ice on larger lakes is still white. The crappies have been biting right at sundown on several local lakes. Key locations are just outside the weed edges in 9 to 14 feet of water. The panfish bite has been good too. The sunfish have been active throughout the day. Key locations are pockets inside of healthy weeds. The forecast is calling for cooler than normal temperatures for the remainder of the week. It looks like a bad April Fools Joke if you ask me. I was hoping we would see darker ice on the big lakes by now but it just hasn't happened. The only bright spot has been Chukar hunting. We've had several groups out this spring. The cooler than normal temperatures have kept the fields frozen, which has kept the mud down. The dogs haven't missed a beat since winter. We had dozens of beautiful points over the weekend with only one bumped bird. We have several more hunts planned over the next three weeks. Give us a call if interested. See you next week.
It's Chukar Time
Fishing Report: 03-25-19
Old Man Winter has finally loosened its grip on the Brainerd Lakes Area. We still have 4 to 12 inches of snow, even more in the woods, but the first signs of spring are definitely here. It's sure nice to see some patches of the earth again. The local lakes are almost free of snow but still have 3 to 4 feet of ice. The good news is the weeds in the lakes are getting sunlight and producing oxygen again. There have been a few scattered reports of winter-kill on smaller ponds and slews this season. That being said, the rest of the lakes are in good condition. The panfish are in the shallows. Key locations are in 6 to 9 feet of water near healthy weed beds. Small teardrop jigs tipped with waxworms are effective baits right now. The local forecast is calling for daytime highs in the 50's over the next few days. This should really get things moving. The key to spring thaw is nighttime temperatures. Lows above freezing keep the water running. I hope it is earlier but my ice-out prediction this year is April 20th. Our first chukar hunt of the season was postponed last weekend. There was just too much water in the fields. We will try again this coming Saturday. I have a group of four going out in the morning. The dogs are ready. The weather looks great. I will post some pictures next week. Looking for an adventure? Reeds Sporting Goods is having their annual Rice Creek Gun Fair from April 26 through April 28 at Rice Creek Hunting Preserve in Little Falls. MN. Every major gun manufacturer will be present. There were over a hundred booths last year. Prices are unbelievable, there are no taxes, and you have the opportunity to shoot every gun before you buy. Stop in and say Hi. I will be in the main both with one of my dogs on Saturday and Sunday.
Life is Good!
Fishing Report: 03-17-19
Happy Saint Patrick's Day. With a little luck, we might see some open water around here in the next 4 to 5 weeks. Most area lakes still have 4 feet of ice with about 18-24 inches of snow coverage. Last week's rain helped a bunch but we still could use some warmer weather. The lakes are pretty sloppy right now. Many have several inches of water standing on top of the ice right under the snow. I haven't been ice fishing in weeks. I just got back from Islamarado, FL this last weekend. I must be getting older. 80 degrees and sunshine sounded a whole lot better than snow. Fishing in Florida was good. We went out for six days. We caught kingfish, tuna, sailfish, tarpon, and a host of other species. It felt good to fish soft water again. This spring is gearing up fast. The dogs are looking good. We have several chukar hunts booked in the weeks to come. Ava and Greta are really working well as a team. Both dogs will honor each other points now. The guide chart looks good. We still have a bunch of open dates left but there are already forty some trips on the book. Everything is pointing to another busy, busy summer. I guess I better go. See you next week. Enjoy the warmer weather.
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