Nate Berg Fishing Guides

Multi Species Fishing Guides in the Brainerd Lakes Area

With over 400 lakes within 30 miles of my front steps, the Brainerd Lakes Area is one of the best multi species freshwater fishing destinations in the world and we love to chase them all.  If you wish to pursue one species or several in a day, we have the lakes and the knowledge to make your fishing adventure a top notch experience.

Experienced

Ensuring your day is fun and exciting! If your species is uncooperative, we guarantee your trip will not be still be well worthwhile and fun.

Knowledgable

All of our guides have been in the fishing industry for many years, we have backup fishing locations where there is always action to fulfill your day of fun.

Outstanding Service

A dedicated support staff and extensive knowledgebase to ensure your day is all you dream of and more.

Even More:

  • Cleaning your Catch
  • Fishing Strategies
  • Gear Provided
  • Pick up and Drop off

Get Outdoors with Nate Berg Fishing Guides

Covering all the lakes in and around the Brainerd Lakes Area

Fish We Catch

walleyes

 

The Brainerd area is not short on is walleye fishing destinations.  The Minnesota DNR has done a wonderful job of stocking many lakes in the area with fry every year or every couple years.  No matter the wind, we have lakes that supply great walleye bites all year round.  Of course, the better times to produce large numbers of fish are in the cooler water months but the weed walleye action can be nothing short of fabulous.

Ice fishing for walleyes can be quite tough but if you want to target large fish, don’t sell the winter bite short.  We tend to run walleye trips during low light times and then target panfish and pike during the day time hours.

Pike

 

One thing the Brainerd Lakes Area is not short on is northern pike and they always seem to be willing to stretch your line.  We have some awesome numbers lakes as well as a few with some serious trophies.

I personally think pike get a very bad rap when it comes to table fair.  In fact, I will go as far to say they are my favorite fish to eat in the Brainerd Lakes Area.  You can just prepare them in so many ways.  Starting in 2018, the Minnesota DNR is trying some new regulations to curb some of the small fish by implementing a 10 fish limit with all fish from 22-26 released and two of the 10 fish over 26 inches allowed to be kept.

Winter pike fishing is one of those things that we include on every trip.  No matter if we are chasing panfish or walleyes, chances are there are some good pike nearby so tip ups with live bait will be put out if you choose.  We also do strictly pike trips in the winter months as well if you choose to do so.

Crappie

It doesn’t matter the time of the year, there always seems to be Panfish that are willing to bite.   Watching your bobber go down with a slab crappie or a big gill on the other end and then frying up a few fillets from the day’s catch are definitely two of the finer things in life!

Crappie action tends to be best from ice off  through the middle of June, late July through August and then of course the middle of October and most of the winter.   Bluegills are generally cooperative throughout the season, and many big bulls are caught while we fish for walleyes during the mid summer months.

Largemouth

 

The Brainerd Lakes Area is teaming with lakes full of Largemouth bass.  The quality of Largemouth fishing in the area is actually world class if you look at the average size of fish.  Include the numbers you can catch in a given day and you truly have a gift for fishermen.  It doesn’t matter the conditions, Largemouth bass always seem to be willing participants to bend the rods.  The coolest things about bucketmouths is the allotment of techniques you can use to catch fish and the pattern on one lake is most likely the same pattern on the next.

Perch

 

We have to do a little bit of traveling to get into the big perch but boy do we sure enjoy it.  We have been know to travel up to 2 1/2 hours just to get into one of the best eating fish that swims.  When you get on a school of perch, the action can be as fast as you can imagine.  The best times of the year to target perch is from late June through their spawn which normally occurs in April.

musky

 

Musky are not the fish of 10,000 casts like the old saying goes, they are actually the fish of one cast, the right cast.  Brainerd has a handful of lakes and a few rivers that have some wonderful musky fishing.  They most certainly are the supreme predator in freshwater and can make for some challenging days.  Muskies can be the most frustrating thing you have ever done fishing wise but on that one right cast or right trolling pass, you gain a new respect for their strength and beauty.  Just be prepared to gain a new and very expensive hobby!

The summer months can be nothing short of fabulous for muskies but as the year moves into fall, the fishing gets better for muskies.  I truly enjoy late fall trips where my customers can do some casting while I pull a sucker to increase the odds.

whitefish

 

Whitefish and tullibee may be the most underrated fish species in northern Minnesota not only for their willingness to bite and the fight they put up but also for eating.  Whitefish are absolutely fabulous smoked, boiled, broiled and fried.  Tullibee are excellent smoked and pickled.

Whitefish are one of those willing fish almost all year but the best times to target them would be in the winter months and during the summer months once a thermocline sets up on our deep lakes.  There are so many ways to catch them during the summer but we tend to troll for them to cover water but if you happen to find a large school, you can drop down a jig and pop them on light tackle which is a hoot with fish up to 8-plus pounds possible.

Whitefish and tullibee may be the most underrated fish species in northern Minnesota not only for their willingness to bite and the fight they put up but also for eating.  Whitefish are absolutely fabulous smoked, boiled, broiled and fried.  Tullibee are excellent smoked and pickled.

Whitefish are one of those willing fish almost all year but the best times to target them would be in the winter months and during the summer months once a thermocline sets up on our deep lakes.  There are so many ways to catch them during the summer but we tend to troll for them to cover water but if you happen to find a large school, you can drop down a jig and pop them on light tackle which is a hoot with fish up to 8-plus pounds possible.

bluegills

 

It doesn’t matter the time of the year, there always seems to be panfish that are willing to bite.   Watching your bobber go down with a slab crappie or a big gill on the other end and then frying up a few fillets from the day’s catch are definitely two of the finer things in life!

Crappie action tends to be best from ice off  through the middle of June, late July through August and then of course the middle of October and most of the winter.   Bluegills are generally cooperative throughout the season, and many big bulls are caught while we fish for walleyes during the mid summer months.

smallies

 

There are not nearly as many Smallmouth bass lakes in the Brainerd Lakes area but we have a good amount and we seem to be getting more every year.  Pound for pound, I don’t think there is a stronger fish in the waters around Brainerd and we sure do have some world class bronzeback fishing.   As the seasons change, the technique changes but one thing is for sure, you hook one, your rod is bent and they are going to give you an areal show.

Let’s Go Fishing!



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What our clients say

  • Our group ice fished with Nate the couple of years. All in all, you couldn’t ask for a better guide. Even in a tough bite, Nate was always drilling more hole looking for active fish. Our group is already looking forward to chasing giant Panfish through the ice with Nate in 2019!

    –Rick Engel - Green Bay, WI

  • This guy should be called The Fish Whisperer! Awesome.

    –LeAnn Goltz - Brainerd, MN

  • Nate is a fantastic guide, he’ll go the extra mile to get you on fish. Be prepared for a wonderful experience.

    –Gloria Pederson - Kelso, WA

  • I have fished with Nate MANY times and he never gives up until he finds the fish… the ones that BITE! And there is no better crappie fisherman in the business… Hands down, but Thumbs Up to his guiding business. And he can make yak’ laugh too. Heck I’d pay double just for the entertainment factor!

    –Kirk Jorgenson - Las Vegas, NV

  • One of the most knowledgeable fisherman you will ever meet. Great with kids, adults and families. Always up to date on fishing reports to give you the best experience possible. If you don’t catch fish, the lake is empty! I would recommend him to anyone who wants to catch fish and have a great day on the water!

    –Darren Goltz - Brainerd, MN

  • My son and I traveled from Florida to do a little northern fishing and Nate knows his stuff. Both my son and I caught our first muskies, Smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. If you’re thinking about fishing in Minnesota look this guy up, you won’t be sorry. Thanks Nate for the great trips!

    –Mike Singleton - Jacksonville, FL

  • Nate is a man of his word. When he says you will catch fish, you will do just that. He can also cook the fish just as good as he can catch them!

    –Floyd Labar - Hixton, WI

  • Our group ice fished with Nate the couple of years. All in all, you couldn’t ask for a better guide. Even in a tough bite, Nate was always drilling more hole looking for active fish. Our group is already looking forward to chasing giant Panfish through the ice with Nate in 2019!

    –Rick Engel - Green Bay, WI

  • Fishing experience of a lifetime. ……is right here!

    –Holly Raiche - Breezy Point, MN

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