Overall the bite has been pretty good in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Anglers have been getting out and finding good success fishing for crappies, bass, and walleye.

A few crappies are still being caught in shallow as the fish are starting to wrap up their spawn.

Majority of the fish have already made the transition onto those deeper weed lines and are being caught anywhere from seven to fifteen feet of water depending on the lake. Most are being caught on some of your classic crappie baits like small jigs with plastics and crappie minnows. One bait that has worked really well for me is the Mr. Twister Sassy Stingums. 

The largemouth bass bite has been solid throughout most of Brainerd Lakes Area. Round, Pelican, and the Whitefish Chain have all been producing bass in the shallows.

You can catch these fish a number of ways, jerk baits, crank baits, and a variety of plastics are working too. During low light periods some anglers are having success on top water as well.

The walleye bite has been a little sporadic, but anglers are getting some nice fish during those primetime hours. Fish are being caught on Lindy rigs, slip bobber and leeches, and swim baits.

Most of those fish are coming in less than eighteen feet of water.

I would imagine in the next week a good number of walleyes will make a push to that deeper structure with the warm temps in the forecast.

Another species anglers shouldn’t forget about is trout. The Brainerd Lakes Area has several stocked trout lakes that offer a great opportunity at some hard fighting and great tasting fish. Small swim baits, small crank baits and night crawlers are all great trout baits.

Brainerd Lakes Area rainbow trout

 

Dustin Monson

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