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 species in Brainerd include 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 you may try your own luck and launch your own boat at one of the Public water Access’s, to enjoy exploring the magnificent shorelines and open water of these pristine lakes.

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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 with an abundant species of fish.

North Long is not connected to Gull but located very close and is a very popular lake for fishing and water sports. The Northern Cowboy is located on the lake and accessible by boat and car.

The Crosby-Ironton Mine Pits features pits stocked with trout, walleye and other fishes. It also includes areas for water-sport activities.

Mille Lacs Lake is a premier smallmouth bass, walleye and muskie fishing lake with over 207 square miles of water to explore.

Along with being able to fish open water, when the lakes freeze over ice fishing is able to take place. With its own gear, minor differences & some rule changes, one being the use of two rods being allowed. Also all of the lures used during ice-fishing are made to be jigged, as vertical motion is the only option available. Many of the same popular lakes and species continue to flourish throughout the winter months.

Ice Fishing Gear Checklist: 1) Auger- To drill a hole in the ice. 2) Winter gear- Including Bibs, Coat, gloves, boots(with ice-cleats) , a hat and extra layers are welcome 3) Ice-fishing rod- Smaller than summer rods 4) Reel-To go on your rod 5) Line- Choose line test depending on your target fish 6) Sled- To carry all of your supplies 7) Shelter- Some sort of place to keep you out of the elements and hold in warmth 8) Heater- To help keep warm 9) Ice-Scoop – To keep your ice hole clean 10) Flasher- To help locating fish be an easier task

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.

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Featured Lakes

Gull Lake



Round Lake



North Long Lake


Mille Lacs