THE WALLEYE BITE IS ON FIRE!
September 17th, 2017
The walleye bite is on fire on the Brainerd Lakes Area and the backdrop is amazing as we approach the fall color peak.
For the better part of last week I had to be in Montana to film an elk hunt but when I got back but when I did it was game on!
The first fishing venture on Saturday morning was back to Hubert to see if I could rip some bass lips. The big Largemouth and Smallies have transitioned to their fall feeding locations. The best tactic was a 3/32 oz. mushroom head jig with a 7 1/2 tequila shad culprit worm. Any point or inside turn that has ample cabbage produced fish. The best depths were in the 10-18 foot range.
On Sunday, it was back into the walleyes and I headed out to Gull with a good friend for just a fun day and get some fish for a fish fry. We caught fish all over the lake. The best spots were the sharpest breaks you can find that has cabbage or coon tail on the top edge. The secret was getting your bait away from the boat. Red tails were the best live bait choice, although we caught a few on creek chubs and golden shiners.
Monday was one of those days you wish you could have every day you go fishing. This time we headed out to North Long and the bite was fabulous. We caught walleyes up to 25 inches and pike up to 32. In the end, we boated 20 walleyes and 7 pike in depths from 14-30 feet depending on the weedline. The best action was in the mid section of the lake where we boated 21 of the 27 fish. The other fish came in the Merrifield side of the lake. Redtails in the 4-6 inch range hooked in the mouth or 2-4 inches hooked through the lower back worked equally as well.
After a good hot bath for the boat, I headed to the Whitefish Chain on Tuesday in search of some giants. We did run into some good fish in Upper Whitefish but no biggies. We then migrated into Cross fishing the mid-lake humps and we got the 2 bites we were looking for. The first fish was a hefty 29 inches that was nearing 9 1/2 pounds and the 2nd fish was a very meaty 25 incher. In the end, we boated 18 walleyes that averaged around 18 inches. All the fish were had on a long snell live bait rig and the biggest creek chubs I could get my hands on. The depths that produced ranged from 20-38 feet of water.
I would like to give a shout out to all of the anglers that fished the Walleye Dan Fishing to End Hunger tournament. One of these years I am going to be able to wet my line in it. It is amazing how wonderfully charitable outdoors people are.
I was scheduled to be gone on Saturday but was called home due to the passing of the father of one of my best friends, Dave Wallin. James Wallin, the mayor of Brainerd, was a humble, decent man and great family man. It was truly an honor knowing you. The world will not be the same without you. Godspeed Mr. Mayor and until we meet again, tight lines!
Nate Berg Fishing Guides