Fishing & Boating

In the land of lakes, what's more Minnesotan than fishing on vacation? A great variety of fish call the Whitefish Chain of Lakes Region home, such as blue gills, crappie, walleye, northern pike and large mouth bass. Lake trout are being stocked annually into Trout Lake. Learn more about how to identify fish from the MN DNR. We also ask that you comply with the Minnesota laws regarding invasive species. Please clean all recreational equipment at the water's edge.

Everything from the worms to a guide are available in the Whitefish Area to help you hook into a memorable fishing experience. Check with your lodging property before your arrival, as they may sell live bait. Minnesota fishing licenses are available online and at area bait shops. Find everything about fishing in Minnesota from the DNR's new fishing website -- www.mndnr.gov/fishmn. Also ask your lodging host for their recommendations on experienced area fishing guides, or the best place to drop your line.

Or, you can just enjoy the water and all of it's recreational offerings, including sugar sand beachs and islands to explore. Here's a quick rundown of our lakes and a boat access map.

Fishing Guides

Anglers North Guide Service
(218) 831-0267

We are on the water several times each week throughout the season, to bring you the latest hot action on several different species of fish. We specialize in lakes and rivers in one of the finest fishing and recreational areas in the Midwest.

Nisswa Guides League
Nisswa Guides League
(218) 963-2547

Our league provides you with some of the best fishing guides in the Brainerd Lakes Area with over 300 years of guiding experience.

S&W Guide Service
S&W Guide Service
(218) 829-7010

S & W Bait is home to the S & W Guide Service which has over 4 decades of fishing experience. S & W fishing guides are known as being some of the top fishing guides in the Brainerd area.

Walleyedan
Walleyedan
(218) 839-5598

Brainerd Fishing Guide Service Sponsored by Mills Fleet Farm. Book a fishing trip, find fishing reports, tips and equipment recommendations.

Tim Anderson’s Big Fish Hunt
(218) 232-6067

Specializing in Giant Musky Hunts on Lake Mille Lacs, and the surrounding Brainerd Minnesota area Lakes.

Royal’s Fishing Guide Service
(218) 829-6672

Royal fishes all species of fish in 40 different lakes within a 30 mile radius of Brainerd including Gull Lake and Mille Lacs Lake. He has a special emphasis on walleye fishing, bass fishing, northern fishing and muskie fishing.

Todd’s Guide Service
Todd’s Guide Service
(218) 821-8812

Todd learned is walleye fishing skills while working for the legendary Marv Koep and his Nisswa fishing guides.

Brainerd Guide Service
Brainerd Guide Service
(218) 825-8965

We've been the number #1 ranked service for Brainerd fishing guides for the past 20+ years. Our reputation for excellence earned us an exclusive home a one of Minnesota's largest resorts.

The Hot Spot Bait & Tackle
(218) 961-0850

At The Hot Spot Bait & Tackle we've got everything you need to stock up on before heading out to the lake. We're here to serve the Nisswa Lakes area with a family atmosphere centered around fishing.

Fishing Bait

Oasis Sport Shop
Oasis Sport Shop
30671 State Hwy 371
Pequot Lakes
(218) 568-4426
The Hot Spot Bait & Tackle
North Star Lane
Nisswa
(218) 961-0850
Holiday of Crosslake
Holiday of Crosslake
35610 County Road 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-2708
Bait Box Marina
Bait Box Marina
36624 Cty Rd 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-3850

Rents pontoons, houseboats, fishing boats, canoes, outboard motors and personal watercraft. Full-service bait shop.

BTR Outdoors
BTR Outdoors
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36414 County Road 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-2248

Bait & tackle and more. Outdoor equipment store. Rentals. Read a story

S&W Bait
S&W Bait
18900 State Highway 371
Brainerd
(218) 829-7010

S & W Bait has all the supplies you need for your fishing experience in the Brainerd Lakes Area. S & W Bait carries night crawlers, leeches by the pound and a variety of minnows including the best supply in the area of the all important Redtails.

Moonlite Square
Moonlite Square
37735 Co Rd 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-2998
Station 371
Station 371
Hwy 371
Pine River
(218) 587-4700
Speed Stop BP Gas
Speed Stop BP Gas
30713 MN 371
Pequot Lakes
(218) 568-8640
A-Pine Plaza
A-Pine Plaza
33039 Old Highway 371
Jenkins
(218) 568-8323

We maintain a large selection of high-quality minnows, leeches, worms, baitfish and nightcrawlers. Fishing tackle and lures are also available.

Boat Rentals

Easy Riders Bicycle & Sportshop
415 Washington St
Brainerd
(218) 829-5516

Easy Riders offers rental equipment for your enjoyment, whether you're a visitor or resident in the area. We have the following equipment available: Bikes, Canoes, Kayaks, Ice Skates, Cross-Country Skis, Snowshoes, Rollerblades.

Bait Box Marina
Bait Box Marina
36624 Cty Rd 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-3850

Rents pontoons, houseboats, fishing boats, canoes, outboard motors and personal watercraft. Full-service bait shop.

Crosslake Rental
Crosslake Rental
34550 County Road 3
Crosslake
(218) 692-7368

Rental of pontoon boat and jet skis. We deliver and launch for you! All rentals include appropriate personal flotation devices.

Dave’s Sportland Rentals
5029 Cty Rd 13
Nisswa
(218) 963-2401

Pontoon, ski boat and Personal Watercraft rentals. Dave's Sportland Rental in Nisswa, Minnesota provides you with the tools for an exciting summer vacation!

Al’s Marine
Al’s Marine
36685 Cty Rd 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-3752

Water and snow recreational products. Half, full and multi-day pontoon rentals. Also houses full-service shop, retail store and boat sales. Yamaha snowmobile sales, service and rental.

Wind Water and Wheels
Wind Water and Wheels
36420 County Road 66
Crosslake
(612) 581-2144

Sales and rental of kayaks, bikes and paddleboards. Wind, Water & Wheels provides shuttle service to area lakes and rivers for your kayaks or ours.

Boats & Beyond Rentals
Boats & Beyond Rentals
4758 County Road 77
Nisswa
(218) 963-7700

Rents pontoons, competition ski/wakeboard boats, fishing boats, ski boats, CraigCats (compact boat) and jetskis (Personal Watercraft). Also rents ice houses and snowmobiles.

Cycle Path & Paddle
Cycle Path & Paddle
115 3rd Ave. SW
Crosby
(218) 545-4545

Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle on area lakes, rivers and mine pit lakes. Equipment transportation is available to any area location.

Lake Fun Rentals
Lake Fun Rentals
7993 Interlachen Road
Nisswa
(218) 961-0000

Lake Fun Rentals offers some of the finest quality Jet Ski, Pontoon, Boat and Fishing Pontoon rentals in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Bertha Boatworks
Bertha Boatworks
6846 Cty Rd 16
Pequot Lakes
(218) 543-4100

Pontoon rentals; boat, wake board & ski rentals. Boat sales and service. Bertha Boatworks, a leader in boat sales and service on the Whitefish Chain since 1977. Located on the shores of Minnesota's premier recreational lake, the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

Seaberg Motor Sports
Seaberg Motor Sports
36160 Co Rd 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-2345

Crosslake MN’s location to rent Seadoo Jet Skis and Yamaha Wave Runners: one, two and three person machines for the day, days, week or longer.

Fishing Report for
The Whitefish Area

Here's a link to regularly updated Brainerd Lakes Area fishing report, courtesy of the Brainerd Guide Service. For additional tips on a specific lake, ask at the bait shop.

Here's a great video on how to filet a northern so the Y-bones are not an issue.

Interactive Water Trails Map

Getting around afloat just got easier. The Minnesota DNR's interactive water trails map includes all 32 State Water Trails, in addition to public water accesses and campsites along each route. The map makes it easy to zoom, search, and pan and to find and print information about facilities.

Fishing Articles

Stories courtesy of Outdoor Traditions (Brainerd Dispatch) or the Lake Country Echo