Welcome to our Brainerd, MN Fishing Home Page

The Brainerd Lakes Area is located in northern Minnesota.  With 465 lakes in the area, this area is loaded with recreational opportunities.  There is plenty to do here for every age group.  Have fun boating, fishing, hiking, golfing, shopping or dining.  Numerous resorts and hotels are located in Brainerd giving you many options for either a family trip or a weekend fishing trip with friends.

Primary Species of Fish

Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie & Largemouth Bass

The walleye, pike, muskie and largemouth bass can keep plenty of anglers happy in this area.  You have a lot of options.  Some lakes offer good numbers of fish and there is some trophy fish potential here too.

Secondary Species of Fish

Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Perch, Bluegill & Other Sunfish

Smallmouth bass can be caught in some of the area lakes, but it’s not a great smallmouth bass destination.  Crappie, perch and bluegill can be found in good numbers on many of the Brainerd area lakes.  Big crappie up to 13 inches, bluegill up to 10 inches and jumbo perch can be caught here, but you will have to sort through plenty of smaller fish to find the bigger ones.  On some of the smaller lakes, the trophy potential isn’t as good and on the bigger lakes, it can take some time to find the schools of bigger panfish, especially during the summer and fall when they are in deeper water.

Brainerd, MN Fishing Tips

We have plenty of fishing tips in the following sections:

Area Waters

The Fish

Fishing Calendar


Brainerd, MN Fishing Regulations

Our area waters page will give you links to the specific lakes in the area so you can view their DNR pages directly.