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Petey923

Fish Trap Lake or Gull or ?

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I'm a first time fisherman in the Brainerd Lakes area. I have a cabin rented on Fish Trap over labor day. I'm gonna be up early so I'm not too worried about the boat traffic but I haven't heard much about Fish Trap Lake. Gull seems to be the most popular in the forum here. What do y'all say? I'm not a 'eye guy, if I get them on the line, I'm happy but mostly fish for Bass, Pike and good 'ole panfish.

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Plenty of bass in fishtrap, same with panfish. You could also try Alexander and Shaminaeu. Right next door to Fishtrap. Walleyes in those three lake are tough, but plenty of northerns, bass and pannies to keep you entertained. Gull is a great lake, about a half hour from Fishtrap or so and loaded with everything.

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I know it may sound ridiculous but you might want to consider the mississippi.Sure your thinking shocked.gifbut if you want to catch some big smallies, im talking 5 lbers now is the time to do it.

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Sounds good. I don't know if I'll get to try the Mississippi this time but I'll keep it in mind. I'm not sure where I would find a launch to get on the river!

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I've read there are bass but not very many large ones in Fish Trap. I'll plan on fishing that the first day and if it isn't going well, I'll try the other two. Thanks for the information!

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There are numerous launches to the river, any bait shop will point you to them or I know that area has a map showing lakes and launches...

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Crow wing state park just south of Brainerd by the rest stop on 371.

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Unless you want to lose a prop or skeg I would stear clear of putting your boat in the Miss. Walk in the water or on shore if you wanna fish it, but it is really really shallow right now.

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How about Rice Lake and above?

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Ok, the weekend is fast approaching and I'm getting excited. Hopefully it will be overcast but not raining too hard! Can anyone comment on the bite on Fish Trap recently?

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