Our usual pronto shipping schedule has slowed by several days! We are packing & shipping orders as FAST as possible but a significant uptick in orders plus Covid related rules have slowed the fulfillment of orders. Thanks for your order & patience.
MSH is the only privately owned commercial Rainbow Smelt Hatchery in North America, a division of Harmon Brook Farm. MSH has researched Rainbow Smelt +25 Years and developed the methods and technology needed to produce numerous smelt bait products.
FROZEN BAIT ITEMS: Due to substantial shipping fee increases, frozen bait products are available by Custom Orders Only!
Frozen bait is shipped on Monday or Tuesday (non-holiday weeks) ONLY!
HBF offers NO guarantee frozen bait will arrive frozen. We offer no refunds for any frozen product.
Shipped FedEx ONLY!
NOTE: Frozen bait products often have damaged or missing fins due to packaging/handling/shipping stress.
Salted baits are legal in most states. We offer Smelt, Shiners, Fathead Minnows, River Dace & Suckers in sizes from 1.5" to 10"(depending on species) & vac-packaged.
Salt flavored baits provide several advantages: ease of use, excellent storage, mobility, and encouraging the "bite"!
USPS or FedEx shipped.
P&P Bait are "processed & preserved".
Our method maintains the near natural color, texture, full-body shape of a live fish.
This bait has incredible durability on the hook & shelf-life of months in the original unopened package stored @ 45F or less.
Freezer storage can be up to 2 years. This bait is freeze-thaw stable, able to go thru multiple cycles without turning mushy!
P&P baits were developed as a "trolling" bait but have since been appreciated by ice and stream anglers.
Best used for trolling or casting!
USPS or FedEx shipped.
CANADIAN orders are not longer available due to import regulations.
All orders to customers in Alaska are available. Due to significant increases in shipping cost, all order must be individually priced. Please contact us by phone or email for price quote details.
** USPS shipping usually takes 2-6 days depending on location in lower 48 states. Flat rate shipping is offered on P&P or Salt-cured baits only/ USPS .
Ship Share: some items will offer Harmon Brook Farm's SHIP-SHARE program. Usually there are bulk quantity items and priced as Custom Orders. With SHIP-SHARE, HBF pays part of the shipping cost.
Shipping Frozen Products: We no longer offer FROZEN products in our OnLine Bait Shop due to the high cost for UPS or FedEx Next Day Air, 2Day Air or 3Day Service.
However, frozen orders are available as CUSTOM ORDERS only and FedEx shipping.
Custom Orders for live or processed bait are available by appointment ONLY at our location in Canaan! Failure to fulfill two (2) appointments will terminate all future service opportunities.
NO returns, refunds or replacement of frozen bait products. Returns or replacement of Salt-cured or P&P bait products will be considered, provided product is returned in original unopened package with prior approval and at customer expense. Contact us for approval before shipping. Orders that result in a refund will be charged up to 8.25% refund fee. Transaction fees charged for credit card processing are not refundable.
Before ordering your bait items, be sure of the fishing regulations on the pond, lake, stream, river, etc. you intend to fish in USA or Canada.
We will not provide refunds for any item that can not be used in specific waters. Customers are responsible for lawful use of products purchased!
We will not accept any returned bait products related to oversize orders, trip cancellations, bad weather, etc. No refund provided.
PLEASE NOTE: Orders placed with Credit Cards that are cancelled for any reason [once the transaction is completed but not shipped] a REFUND will be provided minus an 4.25% fee for the cost of the card transaction.
*** SOME ITEMS CAN NOT BE SHIPPED TO SOME STATES AND IS NOTED IN THE ITEM DESCRIPTION, PLEASE READ THE FULL WRITE-UP ON ITEMS YOU WISH TO ORDER.
ORDER CANCELLATION: Any order may be cancelled by Harmon Brook Farm for any reason by the HBF Administration Staff.
367 Browns Corner Rd, Canaan, Maine 04924
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Harmon Brook Farm's Online Bait Shop offers: smelt, shiners, minnows, suckers, river dace as frozen, salted, preserved (P&P) baits direct to anglers.
OUR BAIT PRODUCTS ARE SOLD/SHIPPED TO +25 STATES DEPENDING ON SPECIFIC STATE REGULATIONS, SOME TYPES OF BAIT (FROZEN, SALTED, P&P) OR SPECIES ARE/MAY BE PROHIBITED.
Harmon Brook Farm & Maine Smelt Hatchery initiated
ANS-AIS-HACCP program in 2003 & submitted our plan to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Fish Health Lab July 23, 2003
Years of effort to persuade MDIFW and the Fisheries Division to implement a state sponsored ANS-AIS-HACCP program in Maine, ended with "zero" results,
Our program is based on the work done by Jeffrey L. Gunderson
Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, University of Minnesota and
Ronald E. Kinnunen
Michigan Sea Grant College Program, Michigan State University.
Our ANS-AIS-HACCP program is fully operational for all species(live, dead, frozen) sold in Maine & 25 other states.
We encourage all participants in the Baitfish Industry to embrace this program and diligently pursue the concept of Safe Bait in Maine.
*Custom Order & Quotes encouraged. We specialize in providing serious anglers with baits of choice: species, size, custom packaging and delivery dates.
*Delivered to your door!
*Some states restrict delivery, substitutions/refund provided upon customer approval. Before shipping, we check the receiving state regulations. If an item is prohibited in your state but lawful at another location you are traveling to, to fish, we suggest an alternative shipping destination.
. Direct sales to anglers, custom orders encouraged, price quotes for bait packages delivered to your address!
ONLINE BAIT SHOP: Smelt, Shiners, Suckers, Minnows, River Dace and Marine Baits(Alewife/Eels) offered as whole frozen, salt-cured & P&P (process/preserved).
Summer Pike caught with a live sucker, Great Pond, Belgrade Maine