Minnesota fishing vacations are some of the best in the United States and the Brainerd Lakes area is proud to host some of the best fishing Minnesota has to offer.

The Brainerd Lakes Area offers hundreds of quality fishing lakes from small to large-including the famous Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and the Whitefish Chain. Your next Brainerd Minnesota fishing vacation is sure to include the fun, excitement and relaxation that this beautiful area of Minnesota is known for. Fish for Walleye, Northern Pike, panfish, trout, Large & small mouth bass, and more. To help ensure your trip is a success our Brainerd Minnesota fishing guides are ready to show you the secrets and take the hassle out of your fishing expedition. Or launch your own boat and enjoy exploring the magnificent shorelines and open water of these pristine lakes.

Fishing Minnesota lakes in the Brainerd area is a great way to get away, enjoy being out on the water-and to relax in the wonder of the natural woodlands, the fresh air and the opportunity to be in nature for a while. Be sure to stay at one of our Brainerd hotels and indoor water parks which offer a variety of water park attractions.No matter what you’re looking for in a fishing experience, Minnesota fishing vacations in the Brainerd lakes area are sure to have it all.

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Gull Lake is the largest and most popular lake in the area and a draw for multi species fishing and water sports. The Gull Lake chain consists of eight lakes and bays and runs from just north of Brainerd to Nisswa Lake through a series of lakes and channels. There are several restaurants on the lake accessible by boat and snowmobile.  Round Lake is a small lake connected to Gull and a popular local lake for fishing. North Long is not connected to Gull but located very close and is a very popular lake for fishing and water sports. The very popular Ivens on the Bay is located on the lake and accessible by boat.

Fishing Report

Our Brainerd Minnesota fishing report covers the Brainerd Lakes Area and is updated weekly by a variety of local fishing guides and fishing enthusiasts including Visit Brainerd staff. No hunting, shopping, or updates on other areas just fishing reports, tricks, and tips to help make your fishing getaway a success.

Featured Lakes

Gull Lake



Round Lake



North Long Lake




Minnesota Hunting opportunities in the heart of the lakes area, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Miles of trails and acres of state land offer ample Minnesota hunting opportunities for small game, ruffed Grouse, and whitetail deer.

In addition you will find links for your Minnesota hunting license and Minnesota hunting seasons. Brainerd offers an excellent opportunity to bag that big Minnesota Whitetail deer or build memories hunting grouse with family or friends. For a great Minnesota Hunting experience Visit Brainerd!

Hunting Areas Near Brainerd

Pillsbury State Forest
Grouse hunters find good bird hunting here in the fall. The forest is closed to off-highway vehicles so bird hunters are assured that they will not be disturbed by ATV traffic while walking the old logging roads.

The trails at Pillsbury State Forest meander through a heavy forested area and are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you’re likely to see evidence of beavers and other wildlife. You may also find several varieties of wildflowers, including the yellow lady’s slipper.

Meadow Brook WMA
Over 5,700 acres of primarily forested land (aspen, oak and northern hardwoods) with numerous forested wetlands throughout. Area actively managed through timber sales. This is large non-motorized WMA that provides 12 miles of hunter walking trails. Excellent hunting for ruffed grouse, woodcock and deer in addition to waterfowl, bear, and wolves.

Poor Farm WMA
312 acres with a mix of forest and old fields with a 30 acre bullrush marsh in the NW corner just ouside of Brainerd. Hunting for deer, bear, small game, forest game birds, and waterfowl.

Ray Cook WMA
128 acres with two wetlands bounded by lowland brush, oak, aspen, and prairie grass fields. Hunting for deer, bear, small game, forest game birds, and waterfowl.

Loerch WMA
206 Acres with a waterfowl impoundment (30 acres) in the NE corner of the unit. Area surrounding the impoundment is primarily aspen and oak. Hunting for deer, bear, small game, forest game birds, waterfowl, and wolves.

Hesitation WMA
270 acres of primarily forested land with a small wetland impoundment SE of Rice lake. Hunting for deer, bear, small game, forest game birds, and waterfowl

Deer Hunt at Crow Wing State Park
The park will be closed to all visitors from December 13 through December 15. The park will be open only to participating hunters.