Where do we meet?
I can pick you up at the dock of the resort, cabin, or campground where you are staying. For our Houseboat guests I will pick you up off your back deck! We can also meet at my location, Lake Vermilion Houseboats. I have plenty of parking, public restroom, and new floating docks! We will meet at a predetermined time that works best for you and for the fish. Dock times are flexible, so if you like to sleep in that can be arranged!
What species do you guide for?
Mostly Walleye, but I also guide for Smallmouth, & Crappie.
I guide primarily for walleyes and work extremely hard for them. Dog days? I don't know what that means. There are just as many opportunities to catch walleyes on a dead calm 90-degree day in August as there are spring and fall. The fish never stop eating!
Seasonally, I have good patterns for smallmouth and crappie and can add that to the trip if you would like. Ask when making your reservation.
when is the best time to fish Lake vermilion?
As soon and as often as you can. Like I said, the fish don't stop eating. So, when you get the chance you better get up here! Normally, the lake opens up mid/late April and freezes early/mid-November. If the water is open, I will be in my boat fishing for whatever is in season! To date the only predictable pattern I have noticed as far as poor “catching” is during our Full Moon cycles. It is my theory that the fish feed heavily at night making them hard to catch during the daylight hours. I currently don’t guide during the ice fishing season!
WHAT DO WE DO DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER?
Very few trips are canceled due to weather, but it can and does happen. With that being said, I don't want to fish in harsh conditions any more than the next guy. I always contact my guests the day before their trip to discuss pertinent details (group size, meeting time, & location) and discuss the weather forecast. If the weather is not looking good, we will discuss options at that time. Sometimes we may need to delay the trip, go in early, or take a short break on shore while it passes. Wind generally does not ruin our fishing day because there is almost always somewhere on the lake we can fish in relatively calm waters if need be. One of the huge advantages of a 21-foot Ranger boat is being able to handle very rough seas fairly comfortably.
how many guests can you ACCOMMODATE?
That's a good question! The possibilities are truly endless. Groups of two or three are recommended for the most comfortable and productive fishing trips but can add a 4th if needed. The more people in the boat the more limited we are in types of fishing presentations and fishing in windy conditions. It is always recommended for larger groups to split up as I have multiple staff guides for a more productive and enjoyable experience on Lake Vermilion. I often times have families in the summer with two parents or grandparents and two or three kids. I like to focus on the kids first and foremost and try to make sure they have a positive experience. Fishing may be tailored with the kids in mind first. Kids under 16 fish at no additional charge and there is nothing better than putting a smile on their face!
can you ACCOMMODATE a corporate outing Or large groups?
Yes! I have multiple staff guides and can also hire other guides to accommodate a large group. What better way to spend quality time with colleagues, staff, friends, and/or family? There are many places to hold company meetings and/or family gatherings around Lake Vermilion and there is something for everyone. Maybe some members of the group want to go fishing, others enjoy a round of golf at one of the nearby award-winning courses, and others enjoy personal time at the cabin? There are also corporate board rooms and casual assembly areas around the lake. Please call or email today for any questions or help you may need organizing your next get away!
what do CLIENTS need to bring?
First and foremost! Every client needs a MINNESOTA FISHING LICENSE
If you've never been to northern Minnesota before, please be prepared to dress warm and in layers! Please come prepared for whatever weather that we may encounter the day of your trip. It is generally cooler out on the water than on land, which usually correlates to a 10-15 degree temperature difference. Please bring any personal items you may need for the day, so we don't have to make unnecessary trips back to shore and cut into your fishing time. I generally carry bug spray and sunscreen on board, but it's not a bad idea to have your own. I usually have extra bottled water on board as well. I have a built-in cooler on the boat, which can fit a small cooler worth of beverages and/or snacks. I recommend bringing beverages of your own, snacks and/or a lunch, a cooler, and proper clothes including rain gear if rain is in the forecast.
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE TRIP?
All gas, bait, fishing equipment, life jackets, and fish cleaning will be provided by your guide during the trip. If you want to bring a rod it is OK but I'd rather you use what is provided. More often you will be more productive with the equipment I provide.
CAN CLIENTS KEEP THEIR FISH?
You are welcome to keep the fish that you catch but we must adhere to state and lake regulations. Each angler can have 4 walleyes per day and only 4 total in your possession even if you fish multiple days. The walleye need to be under 20 inches and you are allowed to keep one over 26 inches. I would like to see the fish over 26 released back to the lake, but it is ultimately your decision. I highly recommend a replica mount of any trophy fish caught. Your trophy fish will live to possibly become a trophy for another angler and replica mounts last much longer and look better than skin mounts!