MN Opener 2018 Fishing Report

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Crappie and Bluegill are on Fire and Walleyes are Nocturnal in the BLA

What a wonderful weather weekend I. The Brainerd Lakes Area.  It sure was a pleasant experience weather wise.  The fishing was pretty dang good too if you put your work in.

I was a little shocked at the lack of active walleyes and pike during the day light hours. In fact we only hooked one pike all day.Walleye Continue Reading →

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We are Ice Free in the Brainerd Lakes Area and the Fish are Biting!

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What a strange year for ice off it has been.  a week ago last Friday I was walking on solid ice pounding a spud bar as hard as I could and I thought there was no way the ice was going to be gone.  Fast forward four days, the ice was GONE!  Then lets fast forward to this past Saturday and the water temps were 52.8 when I got on the water and was up to 54.1 when I left. ...

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Ice is Starting to Decline in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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I did a bunch of driving around today and visited 10 different lakes and the ice is in various conditions.  But what really confused me is some of the lakes that normally have the earliest ice out have solid ice all around them yet and some of the larger lakes have had shores open up.  I am done trying to understand this year!

What I found was Lower South Long Lake had a large amount of shoreline that was open.  This ...

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Plenty of Ice Left in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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I am normally home for weekends but this past weekend was a little different.  I had the privilege to film an episode for Jason Mitchell Outdoors at Wekusko Falls Lodge in northern Manitoba targeting giant lake trout.  Fish up to 40+ inches seen day light and it is going to be an awesome episode to say the least!   I did get the chance to rip a few lips myself catching several walleyes and a really nice pike. Continue Reading →

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Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report: Oct 2017

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Brainerd Area Lakes Have Turned Over and the Fishing Remains Excellent

What I really enjoy about this time of the year is the fish generally do the same thing each year.  If you have a waypoint from years past, it doesn’t matter what the species is, the fish will be there.  You can truly fish by memory and succeed, especially on the smaller lakes.

After a quick filming trip to South Dakota, on Thursday I was joined in the boat by ...

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Whitefish Chain

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Last Wednesday, my wife and I headed up to the Whitefish chain to spend time on the water relaxing, talking and enjoying our wedding anniversary. Of course being the guy that I am, I can’t go anywhere without my fishing rods if the boat is hooked up!

We started fishing about 5 PM pulling crawler harnesses with in-line weights over the deep basin of the lake. We targeted the 40 to 50 foot range in water that was from 80 to ...

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Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report: Sept 2017

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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 ...

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How one outdoorsman landed ultimate dream job

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GARRISON, Minn. – People often tell me I have a dream job that affords me the opportunity to fish and hunt throughout the year.

I won’t argue that assertion, but there have been numerous drawbacks that occurred as the result of stepping in to harm’s way. But I’ll save that for another time.

A few years ago, however, I met a young man who never fails to announce to the world that he too has a dream job that ...

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Nate Berg, 12, Approaches 500 Fishing Days—the Mind Reels

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He seems too young to be a hometown hero, but blond, barrel-chested Nate Berg is making Blair (pop. 1,142), Wis., famous. And all because he likes to fish. Nate is so hooked on wielding a rod and reel that this week, on Aug. 9, he will achieve an unsnapped string of 500 straight fishing days.

Naturally, neither rain, sleet, cold nor predawn gloom could stay Nate from an appointment of at least a few minutes each day beside a local body ...

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