MSH is the only privately owned commercial Rainbow Smelt Hatchery in North America, a division of Harmon Brook Farm. MSH has researched Rainbow Smelt for +20 Years and developed the methods and technology needed to produce numerous smelt bait products.
We have a great selection of frozen baits in numerous sizes. Smelt, Shiners, Suckers, Eastern Silvery Minnows & River Dace.
Vacuum packaged, insulated box/ iced, FedEx or UPS Overnight, 2 or 3 day express shipping.
All customers should consider using the Overnight or 2Day FedEx/ UPS shipping option from April 1 to Nov 15. Using 3Day shipping from April 1 to Nov 15 is not suggested. Even with 2Day shipping, some thawing may occur. We encourage customers to purchase their frozen bait during the winter months: Nov 15 to March 31.
We offer NO guarantee frozen baits will arrive totally frozen.
Salted baits are legal in most states and Canada. 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/ FedEx/ UPS 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/ FedEx/ UPS shipped.
Flat rate shipping is offered only with items that can be shipped USPS Priority Mail: P&P or Salt-cured baits.
Ship Share: some items will be offered with Harmon Brook Farm's SHIP-SHARE program applied. Usually there are bulk quantity items that are shipped USPS Priority Mail. With SHIP-SHARE, HBF pays part of the shipping cost.
All frozen orders and large Custom orders require shipping price quotes based on delivery dates, weight, distance from HBF and specialized packaging.
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.
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 will be provided.
367 Browns Corner Rd, Canaan, Maine 04924
24/7/365: by Email, Phone, OnLine Bait Shop
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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 35 STATES AND 4 CANADIAN PROVINCES. 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, 35 other states and Canada.
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.
*For those who may be traveling to Canada for a fishing trip, contacting the Border Station you use to enter Canada is advised.
*In most cases salted/processed/frozen minnows/shiners/suckers are legal in Canada,
. 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 offered as whole frozen, salt-cured & P&P (process/preserved).
Summer Pike caught with a live sucker, Great Pond, Belgrade Maine