No Boat? Plenty Of Good Shore Fishing For Opener This Weekend


We are so blessed in the Brainerd Lakes to have all the wonderful lakes to fish this weekend for the opener, but let’s face it not everyone owns a boat. Maybe you just want to take the kids, Mom (Don’t forget it’s Mothers Day Sunday) or Grandma and Grandpa out for just a few hours and don’t want to fight traffic at a busy landing.

Whether you are chasing walleye, panfish, trout or catfish there are many options available. You can make a day of it and head out of town or if you only have an hour or two there are some great spots in town. So, if you are new to the area or just haven’t gotten out, here is some info.

North of town you have a few choices. The Corps of Engineers Dam on Gull Lake, the “ditch” near Squaw Point and the pier around Zorbaz on Upper Gull.

West of town there are Fisherman’s Bridge, Sylvan and Pillager Dams. The dams can actually have some excellent walleye fishing.

South of town there are some spots on the Mississippi near Fort Ripley and Little Falls that can be great for smallmouth Bass, walleye and catfish.

East of town the mine pits around Crosby can be great places to go for trout. Due to the deep lakes and steep drop offs, there can be good fishing all summer. A map of fishing piers and shore spots for each county from the DNR can be found here. Have fun and good luck this weekend!