Minnesota guide Dustin Monson of Hawg Hunterz Guide Service gives his latest Buzz Bite Report for the Brainerd Lakes Area on October 24th, 2022.
Brainerd Lakes Area Buzz Bite Report 10-24-2022
The fishing just keeps getting better! Fall feed-mode is in full swing and we’re having fun with it!
We’ve been focusing on walleyes on weed/rock flats (under 16ft). Catch them using a jig/minnow combo, rigging 4-7″ minnows, such as “redtails” or creek chubs (sucker minnows can work too), or using a reaction style bait such as snap-jigging a jig/soft plastic or glide bait (jigging rap, shiver minnow, crystal reaper).
After dark, longline troll shallow-running crankbaits (such as a Smithwick Rattlin’ Floating Rogue) in 5-12ft, slow down the troll 1.0-1.6mph; if targeting fish in 10-13ft, slow-troll a Smithwick Perfect 10 Rogue with pauses.
Find panfish on remaining green weed flats/weedlines in 6-15ft or over basin areas near bays in large schools, often over basins 25-45ft, suspended 10-15ft under the surface.
We’ve been catching most of our big crappies with a 1/16oz or 1/8oz jig and minnow either jigging or under a slip bobber/float.
Catch Northern Pike trolling crankbaits along weedlines and over basin areas with a large forage base of tullibees if you want to specifically target big fish!
On Mille Lacs, target walleyes around hard bottom areas, such as gravel, sand and rocks (many schools of fish are showing up under 15ft on rock bars/reefs); target them rigging minnows, jigging minnows or trolling crankbaits such as the Smithwick Rogue Perfect 10.
Smallmouth bass are hanging around the tops of rock reefs in 5-16ft or remaining green weeds near rocks; cast rocks and pockets of sand in rocky locations; use Ned Rigs, jig/minnows and drop-shot minnows, nightcrawlers, or imitations. Fall fishing is in full swing, let’s go!
Have fun, stay safe and Happy Hawg Hunting!
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