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John Blong

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 7-16-18
The walleye bite was good this week. Right up until the might we got 4 inches of rain. The lakes are higher than normal for this time of year. I am expecting the walleye bite to pick up again once the water starts to clear. The only good news is we didn't get the 7 to 8 inches like they did on Mille Lacs. The larger northern are starting to show up outside the weed edges more and more each day. This action should only improve as we get closer to August. The bass action was slower after the big rain but has been improving daily. The sunfish continue to relate to the deeper water and can be found in 16 to 20 feet of water. Thanks for all the calls. Michelle has kept us busy. We only have a few openings left this next week. Enjoy the sun and great weather. This is the reason we live in Minnesota. See you next week.
JOHN

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Pile of Walleye!


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6 lbs!

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Girls Rule!

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First Fish

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Fish Fry!



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5 lbs

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Big Pike

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Happy, Happy



Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 7-07-18
The warmer weather has kept the bass biting. I spent much of this week fishing the deeper weed edges where the cabbage transitions into the sand grass. There was plenty of action and the larger bass were feeding as well. The best baits were jig/worm combos fished slow. The walleye action was spotty and I really didn't fish them much. Most groups were just looking for action. The largest bass of the week was just over 6 lbs. The larger sunfish have moved into the deeper water. Sunken islands with good cabbage on their tops are key locations. The summer has been a blur so far. It will be August before we know it. The best fishing is just around the corner. The alarm rings early this time of year so its off to bed. We will see you on the water. See you next week.
JOHN

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Future Bassmaster!


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Nice Bass!

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Personal Best!

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Bucket Mouth

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It's All Good!



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Nice Afternoon

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Great Morning!

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22 inches!

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Happy, Happy



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It's All Good

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Nice Bass

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Nice Bass 2

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5 lbs+



Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 6-27-18
The water temperatures have finally heated up in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The bass bite has shifted into a high gear. The bass bite has been awesome the last few days. The best bass locations have been just outside the weed edge in 12 to 14 feet of water. Seek out deep water points and saddle areas which transition into sand grass. Jig/worm combos have been extremely effective in these situations. The walleye bite has been spotty the last week. The big northern pike have started to fall of the weed line. Key locations have been deep water points which fall into the main lake basin. The larger sunfish have started to show up on the sunken islands. Key locations have been in 14 to 16 feet of water, Small jigs tipped with a leech have been all that is needed to catch a mess of these big bulls. Happy Fourth of July everyone. It's been a busy season so far. Give us a call if you are looking to spend a fun day on the water. See you next week.
JOHN

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Nice Walleye!


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Daily Double!

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Nice Bass!

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Nice Bass 2

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It's All Good!



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Nice Pike

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Great Morning!

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Nice Eye!

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Happy, Happy



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Personal Best

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Nice Bass

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 6-19-18
The weather has stabilized and the fish are biting. North Long, Whitefish, and Gull Lake are all producing walleyes just outside the weed line in 13 to 18 feet of water depending on the lake. The best technique has been live bait rigging but pulling a spinner has been effective as well. Key locations have been the wind blown edges of large main lake weed beds. The sunfish has finished spawning and have dropped into deeper water. Steep break lines near spawning areas have been prime locations. The bass action has heated up with the rising water temperatures and should only improve in the weeks to come.The best bass locations have been the outside edge of the weeds in 12 to 16 feet of water. The small mouth bass action has been red hot on the big pond. The best locations have been rock piles near known spawning locations. Crayfish colored tube jigs have been extremely effective in recent days. July 4th in quickly approaching and the fishing season is shaping up nicely. Enjoy the beautiful weather. You will find us on the lake. Take care until next week.
JOHN

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Pile of Walleye!


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Nice Walleye

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Life is Good!

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Personal Best

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It's All Good!



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Mess of Eyes

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Happy, Happy

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Great Afternoon



Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 6-11-18
The weather has been spotty but the fishing has been good. The best walleye action has been happening on North Long Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water. A healthy creek chub on a Lindy rig has been an effective combination for catches walleyes this last week. The crappie action was good earlier in the week but warmer water conditions pushed most of these fish out of the shallows by the end of the week. A beetle spin rig is still an effective bait just outside the weed line on over cast days or low light conditions. The bass are extremely shallow. The best depths have been 6 to 10 feet. Key locations have been the backside edges of the weeds. Areas near pencil reeds have been outproducing other locations. The sunfish are currently spawning on most area lakes. Search out sandy bottoms areas with a southern exposure to find the most fish. Puddle Jumpers rigged with a small jig have been extremely effective in these situations. The northern pike action has been fair. The best locations have been newly developing cabbage beds. Summer is coming. It's time to enjoy some time on the water. The boats are ready to roll. Give us a call.We will see you next week.
JOHN

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It's Walleye Time!


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Nice Walleye

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Personal Best!

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Life is Good

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Great Morning!



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Huge Crappies

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Great Eye

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First Northern



Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 6-02-18
Summer has finally arrived in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Memorial Day weekend was exactly what the doctor ordered. The weekend was blessed with plenty of sunshine and highs in the upper eighties. The best walleye bite continues to occur on Mille Lacs in 16 to 20 feet of water. Shiner minnows fished on rigs or jigs continue to be the best option for numbers of fish. The crappie bite was exceptional this last weekend. The best spots were southern exposures with pencil reeds transitioning into cabbage weeds. Key water depths were 4 to 6 feet. The small jigs tipped with a minnow and then suspended below a casting bobber were deadly in these situations. Good color combinations were pink/white, green/brown, and black/yellow. The largemouth bass are extremely shallow right now. Prime locations are sandy spots located on the back side edges of weed beds in 4 to 6 feet of water. These bass can be sight fished on the calmer days with a white/black colored 7 inch swimbait. The smallmouth bass are currently on their beds and should remain there for the next 4 to 5 days before dropping deeper. The water temperatures are rising daily. It is hard to believe most area lakes were covered with ice just 3 weeks ago. Enjoy the weather. It is a welcome change from this year's long winter. Give us a call. The best fishing is yet to come. See you next week.
JOHN

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Nice Walleye!


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Big Crappie

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Fish Fry!

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Life is Good

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It's All Good!



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Nice Slab

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Nice Bass

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Future Bass Master



Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 5-25-18
Consistent weather patterns have finally arrived in the Brainerd Lakes. The last few weeks have seen several periods with highs in the lower eighties only to be followed by days in the lower fifties the next. The Brainerd Lakes forecast is looking good with high temperatures predicted to be in the upper eighties for much of the outcoming Memorial Day weekend. It should be a beautiful time to be on the water. The best walleye bite has been occurring on Mille Lacs in 12 to 20 feet during the day and 8 to 12 in the evenings. A jig/shiner minnow combo has been effective in both situations. The crappie have finish spawning in the pencil reeds on most of the local lakes but there a still situations where they are still spawning in the deeper cabbage. A small crappie jig tipped with a minnow and suspended below a bobber is a good bet in these situations. The best water depths have been 6 to 10 feet. The Minnesota bass season opens this Saturday. Anglers can expect the majority of bass to be shallow. Large shallow water flats with sand, reeds, and a southern exposure will be key locations this weekend. A 1/8 oz jig/worm combo rigged with an exposed hook is an effective tool under these conditions. Good worm colors include black, blue fleck, and motor oil. The water temperatures are still cooler than normal so slower lure presentation will works best. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Keep posted! The summer fishing season has begun. See you next week.
JOHN

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Bite is ON!


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Nice Double!

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Fish Fry Time!

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It's All Good

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Nice Eye!



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Big Crappie

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Happy, Happy

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Nice Walleye

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Great Morning



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Life is Good!

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Let's Go Fishing

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Mess of Crappie

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Big Walleye




Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 5-08-18
The lakes are officially ice free in the Brainerd Lakes area. The last eight days have been absolutely beautiful. The crappie have finally started to move into the shallows on most local lakes. Shallow water backwater areas, especially those with soft bottoms, are the key locations during this time of year. Small 1/64 jigs tipped with a minnow and suspended below a casting bubble are always extremely effective in these conditions. The walleyes should be shallow this coming weekend. Many of the creeks are currently full of spawning walleye. Current areas will be prime locations this close to the spawn. Shiners minnows might be hard to get this weekend. Plan ahead. The cooler water temps have kept most minnows from running on area lakes. The good news is the crappies are biting. The red horse suckers are running too. The weather is beautiful. Life is truly good! Good luck this weekend. Stay posted. Opening Weekend pictures are sure to come. The 2018 Fishing Guide Season has officially begun!
JOHN

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Bite is ON!


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Life is Good!

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8 Days Ago

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Breezy Point

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Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 4-03-18
Old Man Winter just doesn't seem to want to leave the Brainerd Lakes Area. We received 12 inches of the white stuff on Easter Weekend and the weatherman is predicting another 3-4 inches tonight. The only people smiling around town are the snowmobilers. It's been several years since we had this much snow coverage in the area. The trail conditions have been great for much of the winter. I wish I had more to report about local ice fishing conditions but with a couple of big family vacations and another pointer puppy; I ice fished less this year than I can ever remember. The winter just seemed to fly by. The new puppy is progressing well. At five months old, Greta is already pointing, honoring, and retrieving live birds in the field. We escaped the snow this year and headed to Florida. The fishing was fun. The sun was even better. Too bad I didn't put enough sun tan oil on the tops of my feet. You would think I knew better. I guess not. The 620 Ranger is in the garage ready to go. All we need now is a little more heat. Happy Easter everyone. The soft water will be here before we know it. Life is good.
JOHN

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NIce Quad!!


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Nice Snook

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Nice Jack

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Triple!


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Fun Morning

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Mr. Jack

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Snook Double

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It's All Good



Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing/Hunting Report: 2-15-18
Sorry for the lack of ice fishing reports. We added another German Shorthair pup to the family shortly after Christmas and every spare moment seems to have been spent training dogs. Great, the young pup, has preformed beyound our wildest expectations. She is like a little sponge. It is amazing how quickly young dogs learn when worked with an experienced pointers. Our first season of offering pheasant hunts went better than we could have ever expected. Thanks to everyone who managed to get out into the field and hunt with us. The 2018-2019 bird hunting season should be even better. That being said, the birds will have to wait. The 2018 freshwater fishing season is quickly aproaching.
JOHN

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Greta


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Nice Honor

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Good Retrieve

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Solid Point

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Whoa.....


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Ava

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Beautiful Back

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Solid Point

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Ava at work



Brainerd, Minnesota
Fishing Report: 1-15-18
Happy New Year Everyone! The last few weeks have been extremely cold with temperatures dipping as low as minus 32 degrees on several past mornings. The conditions have been great for making ice but not much fun for ice fishing. Hopefully the predicted warm up will materialize next week and we can get back to better fishing conditions. The crappie fishing has been good on many of the smaller lakes in the area. Key locations are deep water holes near sharp breaking points. The crappies were very aggressive before the big chill and they would fly up off the bottom to take jigging spoons. Slower methods of presentation are more effective at this time. The walleye bite has been fair to good on Gull Lake. Key times are the forty-five minutes windows around sunrise and sunset. Mille Lacs has been producing numbers of fish these last few weeks. Key locations are the tops of most flats in 24 to 27 feet of water. Jigging spoons were deadly before the big freeze but set lines are now out performing other methods at this time.
JOHN

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Nice Crappie


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Nice Pike

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Deer Sausage

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Nice Crappie


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Late Season

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