Dustin Monson of Hawg Hunterz Guide Service gives his latest Buzz Bite Report for the Brainerd Lakes Area ice report on December 28th, 2022.

Brainerd Lakes Area Buzz Bite Report 12-28-2022

Fishing has been hot and the forecast looks great! We’re seeing fishable ice on most of the lakes in the area and a huge majority of the slush froze with the recent cold snap!

We’re seeing about 8-15 inches of ice in the area, and varying levels of snow due to wind/drifting. Please ensure you’re checking ice conditions frequently,

Catch crappies and bluegills in bays under 12ft of water, and basins/holes of 22-30ft (finding fish suspended in the bottom third of the water column).

Jig for crappies with 1/16oz or 1/32oz jig tipped with a Mister Twister Sassy Stingum or wax worms, 1/16oz spoon or glide-bait style lure, such as a Crystal Reaper or Rapala Jigging Raps.

Aggressive jigging will bring schools in, although it’s a good idea to drill several holes and jig 10-15 minutes in each hole before moving to the next hole or spot. Jig higher in the water column, a good rule of thumb is splitting the depth in half and jigging at that location in the water column as well as jigging within 2-3ft from the bottom.

Pluck fish from the top of schools to avoiding scattering the school.

Bluegills continue hitting tungsten jigs tipped with the tail end of a Mister Twister Sassy Stingum or wax worm on weed flats or soft bottom areas in those similar locations.

Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows and spoons tipped with a minnow head. Try suspending a sucker minnow or shiner under a tip up or I Fish Pro in 10-18ft.

Walleyes are active at low light periods and hitting minnows/livebait presentations or spoons tipped with a minnow head jigged near bottom in 24-28ft of water.

We’re excited about all the opportunities this ice fishing season! Always practice safety first on all bodies of water!

Have fun, stay safe and Happy Hawg Hunting!

Brainerd Lakes Area walleye

-Dustin Monson

Contact Information:

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

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(Early Ice Fishing Video from this past weekend: https://youtu.be/45xsbh7y32U )

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