Brainerd Fishing Guide Information

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Brainerd fishing guides offer four, six, and eight hour fishing charters in the Brainerd Lakes Area. A Minnesota fishing license is required to fish on Brainerd MN fishing charters. A license is not required for any non-fishing spectators or children under 16 years. Brainerd fishing guides run large comfortable boats. Most charter boats will fish three to four clients comfortably. Several fishing guides run larger boats so charter trips with up to five anglers are possible with some Brainerd fishing guides.

Brainerd fishing guides provide:

  • Custom pro-staff fishing boats
  • Lowrance fishing electronics
  • St. Croix & Gloomis fishing rods
  • Custom pro-staff fishing boats
  • life jackets, raingear, dry storage
  • live bait, lures, all fishing tackle
  • Free fish cleaning and packaging
  • Cooler, ice, and bottle waters

Please bring the following:

  • Minnesota fishing license
  • Seasonal appropriate clothing
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, cap
  • Extra warm jacket (spring & fall)
  • Gloves & warm hat (spring & fall)
  • Following Items are Optional:
  • Cooler with Snacks & Beverages
  • Adult Beverages (within moderation)

Brainerd fishing guides will provide all needed equipment. This includes; boat, fishing poles, tackle, bait, transportation, gas, and fish cleaning. Please wear layers of seasonal appropriate clothing and remember to pack sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat. The fishing boats have multiple dry storage compartments. There will be plenty of room for storing an extra jacket and rain gear. Snacks and beverages are optional. The fishing guide will have a cooler with bottle waters in the boat. Adult beverages may be consumed within reason. Bring an extra cooler when planning to take fish home. Brainerd fishing guides will clean and package them for free.

Common Brainerd Fishing Guide Questions

How long are Brainerd fishing charters?
We offer 4, 6, and 8 hours fishing charters in the Brainerd Lakes area. These times are based on water time. Travel time to the lake is not included if you are picked up at a hotel or travel to a different lake.

How many people can fish in one boat?
Most fishing boats will comfortably fish three clients plus the guide. Some boats can handle four to five people with advanced notice. We can also organize multiple boats for corporate groups with up to thirty people.

Where do you pick up and drop off clients?
Our home base is Breezy Point Resort's boat marina but we can arrange pickup anywhere in the Brainerd Lakes Area. We can meet you at your dock, resort, or hotel.

What happening if it rains?
The fishing guide will make the call. We don't like fishing in downpours any more than you. Fishing is about having fun, not survival. We want to see return customers. Please have a cellphone available the morning of the trip so fishing guide may contact you.

Do I need a Minnesota fishing license with a fishing guide?
Yes. A Minnesota fishing license can be purchased online with MN DNR web site, by calling1-888-MNLICEN(665-4236), or stopping at any local Brainerd bait shop. One day resident fishing licenses cost $10.00. One day non-resident licenses cost $12.00.

Are there any lakeside restaurants to stop at?
Yes. Gull Lake, North Long, and the Whitefish Chain have several nice lakeside restaurants. These provide great places to stop for a break or have a bite to eat when fishing six and eight hour trips.

What fishing gear do I need to bring?
Brainerd fishing guides will provide everything necessary for a great day of fishing. This includes all rods, reels, tackle, bait, life jackets, etc. You are welcome to bring a favorite fishing rod if you wish; however, it is not necessary.

What should I bring with me?
Please wear layers of seasonal clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Minnesota fishing licenses are required for all those intending to fish. You are welcome to bring any beverages and snacks of your liking. Adult beverages are allowed within reason. Please bring an extra cooler if planning to keep fish.

Do I need a deposit and how do I make payment?
No deposit is required. Payment can be made to your Brainerd fishing guide at the end of the fishing trip. They accept check, cash, or major credit card. All fishing guides carry a Square credit card reader for your convenience.

Helpful Tips

Please have cellphone available 90 minutes before schedule time of fishing charter. Brainerd fishing guides will contact clients when weather patterns arise.

Remember to bring your wallet or purse. A Minnesota fishing license is required when fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Brainerd fishing guides can take credit cards with their iPhones. The credit card must be present to make all transactions.

Summer flies are sometimes an annoyance. They only bite on ankles. Cotton socks are the cure. A Brainerd fishing guide wears socks with sandals as a comfort statement, not a fashion one. Don't forget some extra socks with sandals.

Mosquitos are not an issue on Brainerd fishing trips. They seldom venture out of the woods during daylight hours. Dragonflies gobble them up like candy in open areas. Mosquitos are nonexistent once the boat moves from shore.

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