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My parents are looking at buying a cabin on north long lake
I have not heard a lot about the walleye fishing there. Do any of you guys fish this lake at all or know much about it??
Also if you could rate the top 5 walleye lakes in the brainerd area for me.
We are also looking on Gull and Pelican.
Your help would be greatly appreciated
thanks

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early007

Hi Walleye, North Long is a tremendous walleye lake, overall a great multi-species fishery. Our guides fish North Long many times throughout the season. It has some of the finest cabbage weedbeds in the area. The only drawback to North Long is that it is fairly wide open, not many places to hide in strong winds. Never the less I think you would be very happy at any of the lakes you have mentioned. North Long in my oppinion definately belongs in the top 5 for the area. Here is my top 5 in no particular order:
1. Gull

2. Whitefish Chain

3. Pelican

4. North Long

5. Hubert

If you are in the area sometime stop by the bait shop. I'd be happy to point out the seasonal hot spots for you on North Long or any other lakes you may have interest in.

Jason Erlandson

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Sportland Guide Service Hwy 371 & Cty Rd 13
Nisswa MN

218-963-2401

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EARLY,
Have for years fished Round with lot's of success-especially in the fall. We recently started staying at a place on North Long for our trips. Fished it two days last fall -mid Oct.- with lot's of fish in the 17-20 inch range. Plus bonus largemouths and northern to keep us all happy. We had a great trip. My question to you is this: Is North Long noted for giving up any BIG GALS or is it more of a numbers game here. The reason I ask is that numbers aren't hard to find in the area but a shot at a 29-30 incher is what we're really after that time of year. Any advice would be great.

Thanks!

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Muskie-searcher

I grew up right next to North Long and still fish it at least a dozen or so times every year. I have always had good success catching nice sized walleyes on the lake, especially in the early winter. We have caught fish at least 27 inches each and every year, but have yet to break the 30 inch mark. Seems to be a lot of walleyes in there right about 8 pounds.

It also is one of the few lakes in the area that if fished right still gives you a decent shot at a 40 plus inch pike. Yet it is still probably known best for its bass fishing.

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early007

Zepman, what I've seen on North Long in the fall is similar to your results. Lots of nice fish in the 16-23 inch range. Once in a while we get a big one but for numbers of big fish we usually hit Gull. Its tough to beat the action and quality of North Long. Like Muskie says it's a great lake for early winter fishing as well.

Jason Erlandson

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Sportland Guide Service Hwy 371 & Cty Rd 13
Nisswa MN

218-963-2401

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Thanks for the follow up. This is what I've heard about North Long as well. Not complaining one bit. I'll stop in and see you when we're up there this year. Hope you have a tank full of redtails. Good luck on the opener.

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