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Fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area 101

A the name implies, the Brainerd Lakes Area is home to many lakes. And when there are lakes, there are fish. This week in our blog, we are happy to tell you about the many fishing opportunities available around the Brainerd Lakes area including our friend and fishing guide, Walleyedan. But first, how to get started fishing.

What you need:

Earth worms are great bait for this area's fish. You can purchase them from local bait shops or dig up your own!

  • Minnesota Fishing License. Fishing licenses are available at Madden’s Marina and Tennis & Corquet Club. You can also purchase them at many convenience stores, gas stations, and at Mills Fleet Farm.
  • Fishing pole. Fishing pole rentals are available at Madden’s Marina. Or you can purchase your own at local retailers or bait shops. Prices for purchasing a pole can begin as low as $10 or $15.
  • Bait. Fishing bait varies. It will depend on many factors including the type of fish you are trying to catch, whether you want live bait or synthetic bait, and your experience level. For first timers, I suggest using earth worms from a bait shop. If you are not up for hooking a worm, try using a simple bait recommended by a sales associate or frozen corn.

Fishing Locations

The great thing about fishing is that you don’t have to own a boat to do it. Fishing is a pastime that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. Here are a few ideas for locations to get you started.

  • A Bridge. Often times in small towns, bridges become a hotspot for fishermen and women. You will get to enjoy the view of the lake as you cast off from the bridge.
  • A Dock. Many public docks allow visitors to fish from them. Or if you have a friend with a dock, you can pull up a lawn chair and sit back and relax while you fish. Madden’s resort has several docks available for our guests’ use.
  • On a Boat. Whether you own or rent a boat, fishing can be great fun on a boat because you are able to maneuver into different areas of the lake. I suggest dropping anchor in a spot surrounded by weeds or grass. The fish like to hide there! Be careful though to not get grass in your boat’s propeller.

Good luck anglers, Elizabeth

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Fishing, Local Tidbits, Recreation

 

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3 Golf Pointers for Playing Fescues on the Pine Beach East Course at Madden’s

The other night I stood over my ball on the 16th tee getting ready to “Grip It and Rip It.” It had been awhile since I had played the back 9 at the Pine Beach East course at Madden’s, and the 16th is one of my favorite holes because it is a shorter par 4 that is reachable with a good drive. As I lined up my shot, I glanced out towards the green. Unfamiliar thoughts came into my mind, “Don’t go right, but don’t go left either. Don’t go long, but don’t be too short!”

If you haven’t played the East course this year, you’ve got to come see the new look. The shimmer of golden brown fescue exaggerates all of the mounds on the course aligning the fairways and greens. The tall grass looks great, but will force you to play more defensively and will surely be penalizing for any golfers who’s ball strays.

If you do hit into the fescue, here are a few important keys to remember:

  1. Swing Steep – this is one of the few shots that actually favor higher handicappers because you have to swing at a steep angle. Keep the ball positioned in the middle of your stance, but pick the club up quickly by hinging your wrists in the back swing. On your downswing unhinge your wrists and deliver a sharp crisp blow at the ball.
  2. Open the Club Face and Grip Tighter – the club face will try to close and twist as it gets caught up in the grass. Opening the clubface at address will help keep the ball from going left.
  3. Bigger Swing – you can develop feel the more you hit these shot, but generally speaking you will need to make a bigger swing (sometimes even a full swing) to get the ball out. Your main priority with this shot is to get the ball OUT. Getting your next shot on to the green and close to the hole is a bonus.

The next time you’re out, try a couple from the tall grass. If nothing else it makes for a fun shot that you don’t always get to try.

Good Luck! Glenn, Head Golf Professional at Madden’s

 
 

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Madden’s Golf Courses Offer Something For Everyone

This week our blog posts are all about golf. To kick it off, we wanted to tell you a little bit about our courses. One of our Golf Managers, Tom, shares his take on our four courses.

The Classic

The Classic at Madden's

The most anticipated golf course to play in the Brainerd Lakes Area is in pristine shape. The greens are beautiful and rolling great. As you play the first hole you capture what the Classic is all about. After your drive on #1 you get your first glimpse of Bass Lake. The scenery is incredible. You must keep your head in the game as each hole can jump up and grab you. Double bogey lurks everywhere! A great challenge.

Pine Beach East

Pine Beach East at Madden's

A terrific 18 hole test of golf. Starting from the renowned Madden Inn deck the first tee shot gives the most seasoned golfer the shanks. The deck can be crowded with a lot of resorters. The greens are many golfers favorites in the Brainerd Lakes area.They putt true and are a real treat. Once you make a ten footer it seems like you can make them all. The most talked about hole is #6–a par six!!! Bring your guns and hold on for dear life. A birdie is a good possibility here.

Pine Beach West

Pine Beach West at Madden's

Pine Beach West winds through the forests between Gull lake and Sylvan lake. This picturesque 18 hole gem challenges your accuracy from tee to green. Precise shots will reward you with attempts at birdies. The pace of play at this course is always refreshing. The staff is always ready to give you first class service. Come on out!!

Madden’s Social 9

An aerial view of the Social 9 at Madden's

Consists of eight par threes and one par four-the finishing hole. Tune up your game on this fun filled course that has views of Gull lake. Par is not easy and the course challenges all abilities of golfers. The Social 9 is relaxed and casual.

See you soon

We hope you will be able to get out and enjoy each of the courses. Did you know we are open until late October? Please visit our website or call (800) 642-5363 for tee times.

Tom, Pine Beach East & Pine Beach West Golf Manager

 

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Celtic Festival at St. Mathias Farm

The Farm on St. Mathias will host their 3rd annual Celtic Festival on June 25, 2011. The family event will run from 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. A price worth paying!

I wanted to provide a list of some of the fun activties that will take place at Celtic Fest this year, but The Farm at St. Mathias has already done is so well. Here is quotation from their newsletter about the upcoming event:

“We are working diligently to bring the events of the Celtic Festival for 2011 together.  Again, this event will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011.  We continue to take interest in vendor participation and are finding them fast.  However, if you are or know someone who is interested, please have them contact us.  The lineup of music will be much varied this year with more than one act, dancers, storytellers and more. Our lineup will include sheep shearing, spinning, dying of wool and weaving.  We will also have blacksmithing and metalsmithing demonstrations.  We are working on a stonecutter as well.  We would like to think of it as a Cultural Festival — a mix of music, dance and artesian Celtic crafts.  We have also secured the partnering with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which will be held in Brainerd the same day.  Our plan would be to offer a percentage of the gate fee to the cause for all folks who show up for the green wearing their pink.  Please spread the word.”

To become a vendor or for more information, call 1-888-404-5009.

**The Farm on St. Mathias is an organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) garden. Visit their website to learn more about CSA gardens. Especially interesting for those new to the term CSA is this video.**

Until next time, Elizabeth

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Local Tidbits

 

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