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

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Fishing Bait

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

Boat Rentals

The Dock Shop
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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