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S&W Bait and Tackle
on 371 in brainerd

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Hours:

(call ahead if close to open or close)

Sunday: 5:00 A.M – 8:30 P.M

Monday – Saturday: 5:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M

 

 

*hours may vary by weather
Fishing LICENSESSold Here
WE HAVE MINNOWS, LURES, WORMS, AND MORE!

Our Fishing guides

The Nisswa Guides have guided over 60,000 fishing trips in the Brainerd Lakes Area. They offer trips to Gull Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Leech Lake, and more! To book your trip with the Nisswa Guides, give us a call! To learn more about the Nisswa Guides, visit their website.

Booking Your Trip

S&W Bait and Tackle books fishing trips for the The Nisswa Guides League and the S&W Guides. Both offer guided fishing trips in the Brainerd Lakes Area. To learn about the Nisswa Guides, visit their website. To book a trip with the Nisswa Guides or with the S&W Guides give us a call!

The S&W Guides

Tim with the S&W Guides offers guided fishing trips in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Fishing Reports

The Most Recent Report:

6/20/2024

Walleye

  • Lakes: Gull – North Long- Pelican
  • Depth: 12-24 feet
  • Bait: Bobber – Lindy Rig – Jig – Leeches – Night crawlers- small minnows (Fatheads) Larger minnows (Shiner or Chub)

Bass

  • Lakes: Gull – North Long
  • Depth: 8-15 feet
  • Bait: Jigging Plastic Worm or Night Crawler – Spinner baits

Pike

  • Lakes: Edwards – Round
  • Depth: 12-18 feet (shallow and Deep)
  • Bait: Running with Bass and Walleye – Bobber with a Sucker Minnow

Crappie

  • Lakes: Nisswa – Cullen – South End Gull
  • Depth: 6-14 feet in Cabbage weeds
  • Bait: Small jig or Flu Flu – Wax worms – Crappie Minnows- Small Leeches

Sunfish

  • Lakes: Nisswa – Cullen- South end of gull
  • Depth: 6-14 weeds
  • Bait: Small Jig or Flu Flu – Crappie Minnows – Wax Worms- Small Leeches – Angle Worms

Fishing is changing daily! Good Luck!

- MEET SHERREE -
Sherree, proudly calls herself the crabby old lady, but she is anything but. She lives on-site & is sometimes willing to help you get bait outside of normal hours, call ahead if you're near open or close hours!
- HEAR STORIES -
S&W has a long history that includes many great people. Two legends of S&W past include Sherree's husband and son, who have both passed, but continue to be memorialized in the shop. Sherree now runs the shop with local help and her son (who is slowly starting to like fishing more!).
- MEET POPPY -
Poppy is the friendly shop dog and wanders around both inside and outside of the shop. Keep an eye out for him as you drive in and be sure to give him a pet!
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about s&W Bait

Sherree's Shop

S&W Bait and Tackle has a rich, 30-year history as one of the most popular bait shops in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Sherree, the owner, has memories of National Geographic, Lund Boats, the Linders, Marv Koep, and other fishing greats moving in and out of her shop. For Sherree, running S&W is all about the sowing the seeds of great memories daily. The perfect example of this is an interaction she had with a father and his young son when they stopped in before their day on the water:

Like most, they dropped in to grab bait and get advice before their day on the water. But, that evening they dropped back in just to ask Sherree if the son’s first fish was ‘too small to mount?’ “Of course not,” she recalled replying. She then continued to describe how fishing isn’t just about catching your biggest fish. “That ‘small’ fish is going to be a fantastic memory for him and his son — we all want to catch fish, and we all want to catch the big fish, but it is about the time with family and friends.” That is why she wakes up seven days a week at 5 AM, and that is why you can trust that Sherree and her shop will be the launch to many of your great memories. 

frequently asked questions

Guided Trip FAQs

No. All you need to bring is a fishing license, anything special you would want to eat or drink, and warm clothes if needed. The S&W Guides and The Nisswa Guides League will provide everything else! To learn more about what is provided by The Nisswa Guides, go here.

Morning trips typically leave between 7:00-7:30 AM. Afternoon trips typically leave between 1:00-1:30 PM. Your guide will call you to discuss times.

3 but will do 4 for an extra charge.

They are very good with kids. Some of them are school teachers, and some are retired school teachers.

We generally recommend 2 weeks or more. We will book you with an available guide or try to find someone who is available.

We do fish in the rain, but we do not fish in lightning or thunder. If the weather looks like it will be bad prior to your trip, your guide will contact you to discuss your options. Your guide will have rain jackets and rain suits on the boat, but you can bring your own if you like.

You must cancel 72 hours before your trip unless there is bad weather, in which case your guide will contact you.

The guides do allow a follow boat for an extra charge.

You and your guide will decide where you will meet. It could be at a landing, a dock, or even here at S&W.

We do fish in the rain, but we do not fish in lightning or thunder. If the weather looks like it will be bad prior to your trip, your guide will contact you to discuss your options. Your guide will have rain jackets and rain suits on the boat, but you can bring your own if you like.

Bait Shop FAQs

The bait shop is open 7 days a week. In the summer, we are open 5:00 AM to 10 PM. Winter hours vary based on traffic and weather. You can always call ahead to see if we are open.

Yes, people from 16-90 need a fishing license to fish in Minnesota. If you have never had a Minnesota fishing license and plan to buy it here, know your social security number. The MN DNR requires a social security number to issue your first MN fishing license.

Live bait availability varies by season, weather, and other factors. For minnows we carry:

  • Crappie Minnows
  • Fat Heads
  • Shiners
  • Rainbow Minnows
  • Red Tail Chubs
  • Creek Chubs
  • S&W Mix

We have minnows, leeches, crawlers, and wax worms. We also have a selection of artificial baits and lures. Live bait availability varies by season, weather, and other factors.

Almost all of the Brainerd Lakes area lakes offer great family fishing opportunities.  If you’re looking for the best knowledge or to target a certain species, try a guided fishing trip with one of our professional guides. Read about the lakes Nisswa Guides guide on here.
We post weekly fishing reports to help you know what is biting and what to use. Please see our most recent report or check in with us at the shop when you come into town!

CONTACT US

Hours:

Sunday: 5:00 A.M – 8:30 P.M

Monday – Saturday: 5:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M

 

 

*call us if you need after hours bait!!