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Todd Andrist
Brainerd Fishing Report – August

Spring is in the air. Ice is going off the lakes. Rivers are flowing and fish are on the move.  Most game fish spawn isept-2n the springtime. Walleye and pike spawn first and then panfish, bass, and last but not least, musky. With fishing opener a month away we can focus our efforts on crappies, sunfish, perch, and whitefish.

Before we go fishing it is a good idea to check rods, reels, tackle, and fishing line. Cleaning rods and reels ensure years of reliability. When your gear is working properly, there are less chances of losing big fish. Clean reels and check rods for cracks and broken or chipped guides. Now is also the time to put new fishing line on every rod. It may look ok, but why risk it? New line performs better and is stronger. It is also the time to go through your tackle. Clean what you can and discard broken and rusty tackle. This also makes room for new tackle and sept-1everyone enjoys buying the latest and greatest. Also taking the time to organize tackle and gear now will save you time on the water- even tying up a few rods if you know what you will be fishing for first. If you own a boat, now is the time to test batteries, organize, clean, and clear compartments.  Check pumps, rope, and electronics. Don’t forget to also look over your trailer, check tires, winch strap, wheel bearings, and brakes. Proper maintenance ensures more time enjoying being on the water.

Have a great spring and see you out there,
Todd Andrist

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Fishing Report 1-10-18

We have been getting out on area lakes the last couple weeks. Even though it’s January and we have had some really cold weather ice depths still vary between 9-18 inches depending on the lake. Make sure you check ice before assuming it’s safe and stay away from the moving water areas. (Channel, harbors, bridges, etc.)

Walleyes have been biting ok on most lakes with the mornings and evenings being the most productive and the occasional fish caught during the mid day. Depths vary from 10-50 feet of water depending on the lake and time of day but the 18-30 foot depths have been most consistent. Try working inside corners, tips of points, mid lake humps, or weedlines in these depths with a shiner on a deadstick, jigging rapala, or jigging spoon with a minnow head.

Crappies are biting good on most area lakes. Look to the smaller area lakes and the bays for the most success. Muddy water can be productive during the day but the clear water lakes are a good morning and evening bite. Try the usual mud basin crappie holes or cabbage beds during the morning or evenings with a small jig and waxy, deadstick and crappie minnow, or small jigging rapala if they are aggressive.

To book a Snobear trip with us call Shelley at 218-839-5598!

Good Luck and Fish Safe,
Walleyedan’s Guide Service

Walleyedan’s Guide Service
Dan and Shelley Eigen
9287 Anderson Rd. • Lake Shore, MN 56468 


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