Brainerd lakes area fishing report
GULL CHAIN: The South end of Gull is producing walleyes and great multi-species action. Spots to start include Clump’s Point or Floan’s Point. Weed edges along these areas have been good from 14-17 feet. The early morning bite or evening bite, as is typical for Gull, is the best time. Lindy rigging with redtails or creeks chubs have taken the most fish, but leeches are also starting to produce. Casting crankbaits along the weed edge also can produce fish.
LEECH LAKE: Sucker bay has been the most consistent this week for Walleye. Jigs and shiners, live bait rigs with leeches and night crawlers produced many limits this week in 9-12 feet of water and shallower when the wind blows. Colors to try are parrot, lime-green or chartreuse. Jumbo perch are still going strong on many weed flats. Mounds in the Walker Narrows and the weed flats around Goose Island have been a popular starting point with jigs and crappie minnows. Plenty of 11- to 14-inch fish have been caught this week. Pike remain very active on the break lines on most weed edges throughout the lake and Walker bay.
PELICAN LAKE: Crappies have still been active in the shallows around 4 feet. Bass action was decent for opener, near of in the weeds. Simple jig and plastic worked around the weeds will produce fish. Look for Northerns in 12-15 feet of water with a live-bait rig and a minnow. Walleye action is on the upswing and will only get better. Best depths have been 15-25 feet on a live-bait rig tipped with redtails, leeches and shiners.
LAKE MILLE LACS: The lake is red-hot right now. If you want to catch walleyes, stop at Tutt’s, grab crawlers, leeches or minnows and go! Most fish are still coming off the shoreline breaks. On sunny days, look 20-22 feet on the break; on cloudy days, you can move in shallower. The reefs also are holding fish. Myr Mar or Garrison reef have produced well this week. The mud flats have produced fish in 22-23 feet of water. The daytime bite and the night bite are equally good.
WHITEFISH CHAIN: Best walleye action came in 12-18 feet using live-bait rigs with creek chubs or a jig and a minnow but don’t overlook crawlers. Walleyes have migrated to their summer spots toward the tips of the points. Key to finding fish is to look for schools of baitfish with your electronics. If there are baitfish nearby, the walleyes will also be found close by.
LAKES AREA fishing report provided by Leisure Outdoor Adventures (www.leisureoutdooradventures.com or 855-LOA-HOOK).