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

Walleyedan
Business Name: Walleyedan
Business Category:
(218) 839-5598

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

Royal’s Fishing Guide Service
Business Category:
(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
Business Name: Todd’s Guide Service
Business Category:
(218) 821-8812

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

Brainerd Guide Service
Business Name: Brainerd Guide Service
Business Category:
(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.

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

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

Anglers North Guide Service
Business Category:
(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
Business Name: Nisswa Guides League
Business Category:
(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
Business Name: S&W Guide Service
Business Category:
(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.

The Hot Spot Bait & Tackle
Business Category:
(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

Bait Box Marina
Business Name: Bait Box Marina
Business Category:
36624 Cty Rd 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-3850

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

Station 371
Business Name: Station 371
Business Category:
Hwy 371
Pine River
(218) 587-4700
Moonlite Square
Business Name: Moonlite Square
Business Category:
37735 Co Rd 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-2998
BTR Outdoors
Business Name: BTR Outdoors
Business Category: ,
36414 County Road 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-2248

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

S&W Bait
Business Name: S&W Bait
Business Category:
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.

Holiday of Crosslake
Business Name: Holiday of Crosslake
Business Category:
35610 County Road 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-2708
A-Pine Plaza
Business Name: A-Pine Plaza
Business Category: ,
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.

The Hot Spot Bait & Tackle
Business Category:
North Star Lane
Nisswa
(218) 961-0850
Speed Stop BP Gas
Business Name: Speed Stop BP Gas
Business Category: ,
30713 MN 371
Pequot Lakes
(218) 568-8640
Oasis Sport Shop
Business Name: Oasis Sport Shop
Business Category:
30671 State Hwy 371
Pequot Lakes
(218) 568-4426

Boat Rentals

Easy Riders Bicycle & Sportshop
Business Category:
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.

Cycle Path & Paddle
Business Name: Cycle Path & Paddle
Business Category:
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.

Bertha Boatworks
Business Name: Bertha Boatworks
Business Category:
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.

Al’s Marine
Business Name: Al’s Marine
Business Category:
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.

Crosslake Rental
Business Name: Crosslake Rental
Business Category:
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
Business Category:
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!

Boats & Beyond Rentals
Business Name: Boats & Beyond Rentals
Business Category:
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.

Lake Fun Rentals
Business Name: Lake Fun Rentals
Business Category:
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.

Seaberg Motor Sports
Business Name: Seaberg Motor Sports
Business Category:
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.

Your Boat Club
Business Name: Your Boat Club
Business Category:
36624 Cty Rd 66
Crosslake
(218) 692-3850

Formerly the Bait Box Marina. Rents pontoons, houseboats, fishing boats, canoes, outboard motors and personal watercraft. Full-service bait shop.

The Dock Shop
Business Name: The Dock Shop
Business Category:
3256 Pine Tree Street
Jenkins
218-568-5553

Docks & Lifts | Cabin Care | Boat Storage

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