The Panfish are Going Ballistic in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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In the past 2 weeks we have seen ice conditions drastically improve for lake travel. Auto travel is done but you can still access the lakes via ATV, UTV and snowmobiles. Some lakes do have some slush under the top layer of ice but for the most part, the lakes have sealed up with the cold temps at night. The best part about those low temps is they are keeping the accesses sealed as well.

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Snow, Snow and More Snow in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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Fishing has literally come to a crawl in the Brainerd Lakes area with all the snow on our lakes. We have anywhere from 20 to 30 inches on most lakes and with that comes the problem of slushy areas. I suggest not traveling alone on the lakes because the chances of you getting stuck, even with a sled is near 100%!  By all means bring a shovel and tow a strap because you’re going to need it.

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Extravaganza is Here and the Fishing is Still Solid

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Its that time of year again when we all get together and suffer through brutal cold at the chance of winning one of the $150,000 worth of prizes on Gull Lake.  Its such wonderful event that the Brainerd JayCee’s that raises some awesome funds for the area.  So many fishermen but so few prizes but I will be out there battling the cold with hopes of hooking a weighable fish.  Last year  I was invited into a group that has ...

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Use Caution on the Brainerd Area Lakes

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First and foremost, there is never “safe ice” so always venture with care and never travel on ice you are uncertain about.  The ice conditions in the Brainerd area very heavily from lake to lake.  For example on the Whitefish Chain, we have found ice as thick as 20 inches and as thin as 8.  Gull Lake is in the same condition.  When you get towards the deeper water, the ice thins out drastically.  This year, the larger lakes  seem ...

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The Unofficial End of Summer is Near, Fishing is Getting Hot!

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I am not sure where the summer went but it is about to go out and its going out in style!  Fishing has been nothing short of incredible the past week and it really doesn’t matter what we were chasing, the feed bag is on!  As the water cools, the fishing is going to get hotter and in my opinion, the Brainerd Lakes area has fallen under the radar for the fishing it actually has.  The lakes are teaming with ...

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Walleye Bite Continues in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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The fishing has been nothing short of outstanding in the Brainerd Lakes Area in the last few days.  One thing that I really love about the area is we do not seem to get affected nearly as much by the dog days of summer as other areas do.  The big thing is to stay mobile and don’t get locked down on one location if the bite is off.  With over 400 lakes within 30 miles of my front steps, something is ...

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August Fishing Continues to be Solid in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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If you are a multi species fisherman, this past week was the week you wish you would have been on the water.  We boated nine separate species of fish.  Walleyes continue to be very active on the weed lines as well as we are starting to see a few fish fall off into the deeper coon tail areas but the majority of the active fish are still being found in 10-18 feet in heavy weeds.  Muskies are on the prowl ...

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Incredible Multi Species Fishing Happening in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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What an amazing few weeks it has been here in the Brainerd Lakes Area.  It really doest matter the day the fish are biting.  Several lakes from small to large were hit, all with the same results…absolutely awesome fishing!

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Walleyes have been going absolutely crazy on the weed lines as well as on shallow rock bars.  The weed line bite has been an all day thing with the walleyes using the weeds for shade and ambush points.  Trolling ...

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Summer Patterns are in Full Swing

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The beauty about the Brainerd Lakes Area is there never really is a time of the year where we have horrible fishing.  Even the “dog days of summer” can be absolutely awesome. We are still in early July but some of these warm temps have fishing patterns acting as if we were in August and that’s ok with me!

One phenomenon that I have been witnessing is a fairly strong and very shallow thermocline in even small lakes.  If my locator ...

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Excellent Fishing All Across the Brainerd Lakes Area

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This past week has been simply an incredible week for fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area.  We covered so many lakes including several new lakes and revisited a few from the past that we haven’t been to this year.  One thing was for sure, the fishing was nothing short of excellent everywhere and for everything we fished!

I must eat a little humble pie however.  Just like the weather this year, the bluegill spawn was a weird one.  We hit a ...

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