Brainerd Fishing Report: March 7, 2019
Difficult Fishing Conditions in the Brainerd Lakes Area
Once again, here we sit when we are supposed to have some melting snow, we wake up to -25. It has been a very severe winter and our conditions on the ice are exactly the same—severe. All the lakes have deep snow and most lakes have extremely slushy conditions. If a lake isn’t slushy, drill a hole and it will become very wet, very fast. If you drive on a lake, expect to get stuck. ATV’s with tracks are getting stuck as well. The best bet for lake travel is a snowmobile and by all means, do not travel alone.
Tullibees can be caught on Gull Lake. Get your map out and look for deep structure with sharp drops near the basin hole areas. Flashy spoons tipped with live bait will get them going pretty good. Eel Pout are beginning their prespawn ritual and are putting on the feed bag on Gull and Whitefish. Get the brightest glowing spoon or minnow bait you can find and tip it with fatheads or chunks of sucker. Low light periods into the night are the best times right now. If you can find a feeding flat that is in relation to some boulders, rock or pebbles, you will be in for a good night. Photoperiodism has the bluegills and crappies moving towards their late lice locations. If you can find any standing weeds in the 4-10 foot depths, your catch rates increase. Plastics and jigging spoons in bright colors have been the ticket as of late. Spoons tipped with wax worms or spikes with a very aggressive jigging pattern have been producing some trout in the Crosby pits.
I have personally canceled all of my ice fishing guide trips until further notice. The conditions out there make for a miserable experience but if you have the will to get out there, you can most certainly catch some good fish.
Nate Berg Fishing Guides