Brainerd Lakes Area Buzz Bite Report 4-13-21


With the ice off almost all of the lakes in the Brainerd Lakes Area, anglers have been getting out and finding some nice panfish. The depths have varied from lake to lake, but crappies are being found suspended in twenty to twenty five feet in roughly twenty four to twenty eight feet of water.

These fish are roaming basins adjacent too spawning areas. This has generally been on the northern side of the lakes.

We caught most of our fish vertically jigging a tungsten jig with a Mister Twister Sassy Stingum.

With cold weather predicted for the next week these fish should remain in these spots for at least the week. As the water begins to warm these crappies will move into their spawning areas so that will be something to keep an eye on.

We still have about a month before the fishing season opens up again, so some good alternative option to fish for is suckers and red horse. They are beginning to make their spring runs in the rivers and creeks in the Brainerd lakes area. Bottom fishing with a crawlers is a great way to target them.

If you are able to find them they are a ton of fun to catch and generally willing biters. It is also usually high action fishing because they are schooled up. Just another option to keep in mind.

If you guys are looking to get out fishing this spring in the Brainerd Lakes Area you can reach me by my cell or through my website. Good luck and tight lines!

Contact Information:

Hawg Hunterz Guide Service: Brainerd Lakes Area and Mille Lacs Lake

Guide: Dustin Monson

Email Dustin at or call/text at 320-293-2442 if you have any questions or to schedule a guided fishing trip.

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