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Fishing Report 5/3/17

The crappie bite is hot and happening now, and it will only get better in the next few weeks! They are staging close to spawning areas with deep water near by and I am finding them in 5-12 feet of water depending on the lake and the day. Using the wind is a big key as it typically pushes the warmer water into pockets. Look for these warm water pockets with good weeds. Plastics like Berkley Atomic Tubes and Puddle Jumpers on 1/32 ounce jig heads or live bait like crappie minnows, all fished under a float are producing the most fish. I like to use 4lb test mono on 7 foot medium light rods to get better control on the baits in wind. Walleye and pike opener is just around the corner!


Good Luck,
Walleyedan's Guide Service

Fishing Report 4/10/17

As open water finally reaches the Brainerd Lakes Area it's time to start looking for spring crappies! I ventured out yesterday and found water temps between 44 and 48 degrees for the most part with some shallows being as warm as 50 degrees. I didn't find any crappies in the shallows but did find them suspended down about 5ft over 14ft of water on my electronics. I got them to bite on 1/32 ounce Berkley jigs tipped with 1" Gulp Alive minnows or on Berkley Pre-Rigged Tubes in 1/32 ounce fished under a float on 4lb test line. Look at the smaller lakes or the small bays and channel areas of the bigger chains.

Good Luck!

Nick Miltimore - Walleyedan's Guide Service

 

March!

Crappies, bluegills, perch, Rainy River, shed hunting, Lake Winnipeg, the thought of gobbles are some of the things firing through the brain as we get closer to spring. I’ll start with the crappies and say that this is a great time to be out fishing these black and white beauty’s! They are not only fun to fish, they are delicious.

Crappies are almost always “circling the wagons”, looking for food to eat, so you must drill a number of holes in an area where you think they are and hop around until you find them. I use a KDrill auger and my Vexilar FLX 28 sonar. There are a lot of times that I will not drop my bait down until I see that line on my sonar, that is indicating fish (pretty hard to catch them if they are not there!). I like to use a light action rod loaded with 3 pound test if I am in water that is less than 15 feet. If I’m on in a deeper, basin area, I will go with a braided line so I can get a better feel and hook set.

Any time of day can be good for these crappies, you just need to get out there and find them. crappie minnows, euro larvae, wax worms or plastics will all work, but if you aren’t catching them on one or the other, switch things up until you find out what they eat on that given day.

Now that the walleye season is closed on our inland lakes, it’s time to gather head for border waters or to Canada. I’m heading to Manitoba, Canada in search of the giant greenback walleye’s. If you have never been up to the huge lake, I would highly recommend you add that to the bucket list. It is a beautiful place for the walleye fishermen and women (and kids). The SnoBear migration is heading to Lake Winnipeg and I will say that there is no better winter vehicle to fish out of. This machine is the most incredible ice fishing machine ever built, and it is ideal for a destination like Lake Winnipeg. O.k., that’s enough of that.

If you are itching for open water, call today and book your guided trip! My new Larson FX 2020T is being built in Little Falls right now and I cannot wait to get it all rigged out and ready for the 2017 open water season. The Hummingbird Helix 12 is going right from the dash of the SnoBear, right on to the Larson and it will then be “open season”!

Enjoy March and go Wild!,

Walleyedan

August 2016

Hello Fisher People -

Fall is in the air, trees are changing, and water temperatures are falling. This is some of the best fishing for big fish through November. Walleye, muskie, and crappies are the main focus right now. Muskies will put on the feed bag for the next month and a half. Big baits with a slower retrieve will start to be the norm. Finding fish is key and fishing for them when the time is right, meaning sunrise and sunset, weather changes, and moon phases. As for walleyes, their activity levels will increase with the falling water temperatures. Minnows will start to be the main focus, jig and Lindy rigs will start to produce in most situations. I found walleyes this week in thirteen feet of water in one lake and thirty-six feet of water in another lake, but once you do find them they seem to want to bite.

This is the best time of year to catch a trophy walleye or muskie. The crappie bite will improve through October once they drop off the break lines into the basin. Remember to handle big fish with care, CPR (catch, photo, release).


Good luck fishing and be safe out there!
Todd Andrist  

 

January 14, 2017

Good morning.

By the looks of the forecast, we are going to be having a heat wave this week! After some wicked cold, I would have to say that the warm-up will be welcomed! I just finished my second cup of coffee, and thought I better do something productive before my afternoon SnoBear trip.

So, here is the latest "report". The ice is "nice", and I would have to say that we are at about 16 inches in average on Gull Lake. I had the Merickel Lumber and Express Central groups out yesterday and we timed our outing just perfectly to hit the coldest air of the season. But, that didn't slow us down a while lot. I don't know what the final numbers (100 ish) of people and fish, but I'm guessing it averaged out to be about a fish a person. Walleye was the top fish, but a couple of 17 inchers were the biggest. We fished a number of different spots in the SnoBear and had fish houses on a couple of different spots as well.

Thank you Merickel for hiring me and I believe by the looks of things, everyone had a good time! Thank you Jakes on the Lake and the Quarterdeck Resort for accommodating all of us. Thanks SnoBear and Kenny V. for having another unit on hand!!

We have been fishing a number of different spots on Gull and catching walleye, perch and tuly's in 19-46 feet of water. Jigs, spoons and set lines all work, it depends on where your confidence is. Gull has a fair amount of snow on it and is drifted in pretty good on spots. Trucks are still getting around, but if we get any more snow it's going to be track-time only. The K-Drill has been solid, the Vexilar FLX 28 is solid and the mapping on my new Humminbird Helix is the best! Put all of these goods in the SnoBear and you can't get any better!

Time to get the machine cleaned out and ready for John and his southern buddies tonight!!

Talk to you later,

Walleyedan
http://www.walleyedan.com/
WalleyeDan@WalleyeDan.com

August 1, 2016

The walleye bite has been very good for this time of the year. Look in the12-14 foot depths on days with some wind or in the 18-22 foot depths on the calmer days. Leeches or jigs and fatheads have been both working. The shallower fish seem to prefer the leeches. Wind blown points or structure and weed edges are holding fish. Check the inside and outside edge of the weeds. Fish have also made there way out to the mid lake humps and islands so time to start checking these out.

Bass have been biting in the weeds on plastics like Berkley 7 inch power worms, twitchtail minnows, or leeches if you prefer live bait. Look in the
10-20 foot depths on mid lake humps and structure or thick cabbage beds on flats.

Pike are biting spinnerbaits tipped with sucker minnows or on jerk baits trolled over the weeds or along the weedlines.

Good Luck Fishing,

Nick Miltimore
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Larson FX Series Promotional Team
218-232-7277

August 2016

The walleye bite remains consistent - not great but not bad either. Most fish are being found on the deepest weed lines on the lake that have some wind blowing on them. Lindy rigs and slowdeath have been the go-to presentations. Long snells on the lindy rigs with creek chubs will produce.

Bass and northern action remains good. Bass have pulled out to the edges of the cabbage and a few fish remain under shaded docks and can be caught on a variety of plastics baits. Keep changing baits and covering water area. Catching pike trolling deep Rapala taildancer on braided line over thirty to sixty feet of water. Musky action has really picked up. Be ready to fish all day to take advantage of bite windows. Burning backtails and twitching minnow baits over the weeds have been working well.

Big sunfish are moving to the edges of the cabbage and can be caught on slip bobbers and leeches. The key to catching fish in warm water is to move fast until you find them and then slow down and work them over.

I have a new recipe for frying fish that is awesome. Instead of using milk and egg wash, use mustard. Yes, mustard! Plain yellow or honey mustard and then coat the fish in your favorite batter and fry them up. You''ll be surprised.

Good luck and be safe,
Todd Andrist

MNWalleyeguide.com

July 2016

Hello fishing fanatics! With the Fourth of July behind us, the fishing has remained consistent. The dog days of summer will be approaching soon but fishing still remains decent in the Brainerd Lakes area.
 
The panfish have moved out to the edges of the cabbage flats and are feeding. The best approach for this would be to use a slip bobber and small leech or part of a night crawler. The biggest sunfish are in twelve to nineteen feet of water and remain active throughout the day. The crappies are suspending outside cabbage points and some islands. A top tactic for this time of year is trolling slow with small crappie jigs with plastics, or the trusty ole' beetle spin trolled five feet down adjacent to cabbage points and humps over open water in the evenings. Also a number four Shad Rap will produce bigger crappies, sometimes trolling faster is better.

The bass remain active in a variety of weeds deep to shallow. A jig worm or a Senko will produce. Casting crank baits over open water early in the morning is a fun way to catch fish. Skipping unweighted Senko's under docks will work on calm sunny days.

Northern Pike and Muskies are showing up in deep water. The bigger pike are hanging out in the thermal-cline on most deep clear lakes that have a cisco population. Heavy jigs with sucker minnows jigged aggressively are producing fish, as well as super deep diving crank baits over open water close to deep structure. Muskies are moving out to the edges of cabbage rocks and reed beds early in the morning and late in the day.

Walleyes are moving off shore structure and setting up in deeper water. Lindy Rigs with creek chubs and night crawlers are producing fish out to twenty five feet of water. Using slip bobbers with leeches along rocks and weed in the evenings are also producing.

Remember to take your kids fishing and to wear your life jackets. The new inflatable life jackets are comfortable and are lightweight, you won't even know you are wearing one.
Good luck and be safe,

Good luck and be safe,
Todd Andrist

MNWalleyeguide.com

June 28, 2016

The walleye bite throughout June has been good! We have been fishing Gull, Round, and the Whitefish Chain the most and all are producing fish. We are starting to see fish transition into those mid summer areas around mid lake structure, edges of flats extending out into the deep water basins, and thicker cabbage weed areas where they will spend most of their summer. Fishing the wind blown structure has been helpful, as always with walleyes. The bite on Gull and Round has been predominately leeches and night crawlers fished in many different ways. Target the 9-14 foot depths. Start with a live bait rig and a 3-4 foot snell. I like to use a floating jig head or a float on the main line when fishing leeches and crawlers. Don’t be afraid to get in the weeds and pull the rig fast to trigger bites. On the Whitefish Chain we have been fishing a little deeper in the 15-25 foot depths and using a live bait rig with a Redtail minnow, jigging Rapala, or pulling crawlers on a spinner or slow death hook. There was a recent bug hatch and covering water with crawlers sometimes is the best option when this happens.

Bass are biting in the weeds and it’s getting into jig worm time. A 3/32 ounce mushroom head jig with a Berkley 7 inch powerworm fished over the deep weedline will do the trick. If your fishing a little shallower wacky rig a Senko worm.

The panfish bite is going good as well in the 7-12 foot depths around the thicker weeds. Small leeches fished under a float worked well this week on a panfish trip. Keep moving around until you find the fast and furious action.

Good Luck Fishing,

Nick Miltimore
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Larson FX Series Promotional Team
218-232-7277
nrmiltimore@gmail.com

June 1, 2016

The walleye bite has been pretty good in the Brainerd/Nisswa area over the last week. We are targeting water in the 12-20 foot range during the daytime hours depending on the lake. A jig and shiner minnow is still working some days but we have seen the crawler and leech bite really pick up this last week. Slip weight rigging a nightcrawler or leech on a 3-5 foot snell with a single hook has been productive. If they won’t bite it right away add a little speed to try to trigger the bite. Anywhere around good weeds or on the sand is a good place to start looking. On a calm day with a good pair of polarized sunglasses you can actually see the walleyes cruising the shallows. Pike and bass have been very active in the shallows and crappies are still being found on beds in the reeds or also over the top of cabbage weeds. Beetle spins or slip bobbers are taking these fish. Water temps are mid to low 60’s.

Good Luck Fishing,

Nick Miltimore
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Larson FX Series Promotional Team
218-232-7277
nrmiltimore@gmail.com

May 20, 2016
Walleyedan's Guide Service

Well the first week of the 2016 MN walleye season is in the books! Here in the BLA we are targeting shallower water in the 8-15 foot range. If you can find last years cabbage weeds that are still standing and now greening up again with sand close by that is a good place to start. Check the inside edge where the sand meets the weeds. On calm days you can see them cruising the shallow sand areas close to weeds. I’ve been targeting them with 1/8 and 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with a spot tail shiner minnow. Otherwise try live bait rigging a spot tail as well. Trolling crankbaits after dark is producing some fish as well. Troll the shallow sand flats in 4-7 feet of water. For crappies start looking up in the pencil reeds as they should be on their beds. Plastics or a crappie minnow on a 1/32 ounce jig should do the trick. Have a good weekend!

- Nick Miltimore
Walleyedan’s Guide Service

September 1, 2015
Walleyedan's Guide Service

The walleye bite is heating up! They are giving us a bit of a “preview” of the fall bite as the water temps quickly dropped from the cold weather we received last week. It should only keep getting better from here out. We are getting walleyes on humps and step breaklines off of weeds or large flats anywhere from 13 - 33 feet of water depending on the conditions and lake. Gull and Whitefish seem to be the lakes to be on. Slip weight rigging a creek chub or redtail with a 2.5 - 6 foot snell or ripping a Rapala Jigging Rap have been whats working for me. These fish are easy to pick out on the electronics so move around until you locate them. Check us out online at www.walleyedan.com or call 218-839-5598 to book a trip and get in on the action!

- Nick Miltimore
Walleyedan’s Guide Service

 

December 22 , 2014
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning and Merry Christmas to you and your families.The weather has been on a little bit of a roller coaster ride this fall (winter actually begins tomorrow). As far as the ice conditions, they are pretty darn good! I was on Gull Lake the night before last (12/18) and we had about 12 inches of good solid ice. We also caught fish on that night. We were using jigging spoons and also tip-ups in 17-20 feet of water. The jigging spoons were 1/8 ounce and we were using just the head of the minnow. My busy season is about to begin with the SnoBear and I guess that means it's about time to make my final push for the deer. I was happy to get out and hunt pheasants the other day too, what a blast it was! We hunted some private property and the birds were plenty! The new season of "We Love It! Outdoors" begins next week and we have some pretty cool shows on tap for the 2015 season. Tune in and also keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Merry Christmas and blessed 2015!

Walleyedan
218-839-5598

Sept 11, 2014
Walleyedan's Guide Service
This starts the best time of year for fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area, that is not just my opinion. Of course catching fish is still not automatic, but it gets pretty close as we move on through September. I was last out on Gull last Friday with Dave Copham and his buddies Rick and Mick and we managed 11 walleyes during our evening trip. Then it was over to Mille Lacs on Saturday for a little musky fishing where I met up with Brian and Ray Dewitt. It was a gorgeous day and we ended up with two follows and saw another from a distance. My wife and son met me over there for the afternoon and we ended up finding a nice school of large, smallmouth bass! What a blast it is reeling in a 17-21 inch smallmouth, Shelley though she had a musky on. So, the fishing action is heating up, but it’s also deer opener on Saturday here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I’m looking forward to getting out with my son here in MN and with Todd Hess over in Wisconsin. We will be hunting with crossbow in WI, as they are now opening that up to the general public this year. One more thing to add to the calendar, the 2nd annual Walleyedan’s Fishing To End Hunger walleye tournament coming up on October 4th on the Gull Lake Chain. Head over to www.fishingtoendhunger.com for more details! Kids Against Hunger Brainerd Lakes Area is the beneficiary! Bye for now!, Walleyedan

Walleyedan
218-839-5598

May 8, 2014
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Hello from the epicenter of fresh water fishing!! The excitement is starting to rise to the surface as we get closer to the 2014 Minnesota Fishing Opener. Those toothy critters (walleyes and northerns) are going to be fair game once again starting at midnight on the 10th of May (Saturday). Our guides are in semi-scramble mode as we all are either getting ready to or are currently loading up the boats with rods, reels, tackle boxes, tools, lifejackets and all the other goodies that we bring with us on the water. We all have brand spanking new Larson FX fishing boats this spring and they are very sharp! As for the fishing, I think it’s going to be good.

The Minnesota Governors Opener is on Gull Lake this year and that is where I will be along with 100 plus other anglers on opening day. The walleye population is good and I know for a fact that the crappies are biting too. My dad has been catching them from shore. The walleyes are going to be pretty darn shallow and the top presentations will be jigs and minnows, live bait rigs and minnows, crank baits such as the Salmo Hornet and jigs and Gulp Alive!

Our guide service has a pretty cool contest going on form opener to close (of the walleye season). It’s the Walleye Lotto and we will have more info on the www.walleyedan.com website very soon. It’s going to be an exciting year and it’s shaping up to be a pretty darn busy one too. “Jingles the Fish” is who you want to catch, but she’s not an easy catch! Have a great day and don’t catch them all,

Walleyedan
218-839-5598

March 25, 2014
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning! It doesn’t look like spring is too excited to arrive, the Robin’s are going to hurt their beaks if they come back now. I just returned from Manitoba, where we were filming an episode of “We Love It! Outdoors” on Lake Winnipeg. Giant walleye’s were our target and we accomplished our goal. It wasn’t easy, but we did get a great show for our efforts. This is a must fish, fishery for all of you that are walleye people! I did catch a couple of 9-10 pounders and we also had an 11 and another 10 caught by our crew. Big greenbacks!! Around here we still have a lot of ice, but definitely not as much as they have up there. I had a 24 inch extension on my auger and that was perfect. The pan fish “bite” is about to get fired-up around here and then hopefully we will get in a little time on the Rainy River in search of walleye’s and sturgeon before the gobbling begins! Lots to do and not a lot of time to get it all done! For now, it’s time to gather my bags and head down to the northwest sport show and sell some Larson Boats! Have a great day and we will talk with you later! Walleyedan

January 27, 2014
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good, cold morning to you! No school here in the Brainerd, MN district today, it’s 40 something below zero. I am guessing it is warmer where you are (or maybe not). The Extravaganza was here and is now gone and we will have to wait for the silver anniversary to get on that leader board! I think next year will be my year, the world’s largest ice fishing contest is on my birthday next year..January 24th, 2015! It’s a party, anyone can come. The winning fish was a walleye this year and it was about 5 pounds, caught by a man from Nisswa. The fishing was really slow as a cold front decided to sweep on through during the middle of the night. It’s such a fun event, catching fish is really secondary. Overall, fishing in the area has slowed down a bit because of the brutal cold fronts that have settling in. We are continuing to do guided trips and some fish house rentals, but I think we are all ready to order up the new Larson FX series fishing boats and get them ready for the Rainy River come March! If you are interested in booking a guided trip up to the Rainy to fish walleyes and sturgeon, please give us a call and we will work out the details. As for now, it’s time to pray for a beautiful February to close out the “big fish” season and then start to focus on late ice pan fish. The one nice thing about all the snow on the ice is that the ice will hopefully go out earlier than last year (there is only about 20 inches at this time. Enjoy the day and don’t forget to tune in to “We Love It! Outdoors” on Fox, Pursuit and Tuff TV!,

Walleyedan

 
 
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