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Summer Patterns are Forming in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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What an awesome week it has been for fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area despite the rain we have been receiving.  Bass, crappies and bluegills have all in their post spawn patterns and walleyes are starting to transition into their mid summer patterns.

Brainerd Area Fishing Report
The bluegills have finished their spawn and have transitioned nicely to the weedy points and inside turns.  Fish have been fairly active at all times of the day.  Fishing a slip bobber set at 4-6 feet in 1-=14 feet of water with a tungsten ice fishing jig tipped with a waxie was producing some excellent gills.  Crappies have now transitioned into their post spawn feeding patterns.  Look for crappies on the tops of mid lake humps, points and inside turns near deeper water.  Swimming small tube jigs freely or under a bobber has been the best patterns.  Long casts have been necessary due to the crappies being spooky.  Walleyes have still be pounding leeches on either jigs, live bait rigs or behind spinners. Fish are being found in the 10-18 foot areas in cabbage clumps.  Pike are staging on the tops of the weediness in 8-14 feet.  Black and bronze spinner baits as well as brightly colored jerk baits have been wonderful.  Many largemouth have moved to the deeper points and started to put on the feed bag and smallies have now fully transitioned onto mid lake rock humps and any shoreline breaks with rocks.

Crosslake Area Fishing Report
The walleye fishing has been fairly good on the western part of the chain as of late.  The fish have been staging in the 16-25 foot areas near points or saddles.   Some fish are being taken on Jiggin’ Raps, Rippin’ Raps and on live bait rigs tipped with leeches.  We have seen some walleyes transition into the weeds as of late and those fish are easily targeted with a spinner and leech combo.  The largemouth bass are going crazy on weedy flats as well as on some deep point areas.  Wacky worms or jig worms have been doing great.  Crappie fishing on the chain has been fairly difficult with them being spread out since the spawn.  They should soon be schooling back up and look for them in weeded inside turns and points.  Bluegills are all done with the spawn and the fish have moved to their deep water summer haunts.  Small jigs and crawlers along with some slip bobber and panfish leeches have been producing some dandies.  We have found some good smallie action on the chain anywhere we find rocks.  They have been fairly shallow as of late with most coming under 6 foot of water.  An excellent topwater bite has been happening during low light periods.

Congratulations to Camp Confidence!

What an unbelievable turnout for the Camp Classic for Confidence Learning Center. Last I heard there was 70 boats and wow to the talented fishing guides that showed up to make this event such a success!!!

First and foremost I would like to congratulate  Matt Castle and Jamie Dietman on receiving the Everett Lassig Award for all of their hard work for the Camp.  Next I want to thank all the volunteers because you make this event so special. It is a ton of fun and I am proud to be able to be a small part of the success with all the other guides that donate their time to this wonderful day! I also want to thank my teammates for today, Don Sparring and Darrell Neimi. It sure was a pleasure being in the boat with you guys. I truly enjoyed the day!

The weather was something, let me tell you! We started out with beautiful weather and by 10 we had a nasty storm followed by an east wind from who knows where and then went to flat calm. Our day was sort of like the weather, beautiful at first and then weird.

Our goal was to hit the multi species board so we stared with walleyes and on our second pass on the spot I found Thursday night, we popped a dandy ol’ claycface. We tried to narrow down the school but I didn’t let my curiosity get the best of me so we followed my plan and headed for a pike spot and within our first trolling run, we popped a fish that went just under 7 pounds. As soon as that fish got into the live well, we headed to a bass spot and within just a couple of minutes we landed a fish pushing 3 3/4 pounds.  We had 13 lb. 1 oz. of fish in the bag within the first 36 minutes of fishing and that was enough to hold up for 1st place!

I want to see each and every one of you out there next year.  Every dollar made goes towards putting campers into the camp. If you do not know much about the camp, I encourage you to visit their website, https://www.campconfidence.com and by all means, mark your calendars for the Fishing Has No Boundaries event scheduled for scheduled for August 24 & 25.  I will not be able to make it this year due to a scheduling conflict but if it changes, I promise I will be their with boat in tow and fillet knife in hand!

Nate Berg
Nate Berg Fishing Guides


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