Northwoods Guide Service

N2591 Airport Rd
Merrill, WI 54452
(715) 921-0120
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Northwoods Guide Service
Northwoods Guide Service is your premier Northern Wisconsin multi-species fishing guide Service. With 15 years experience fishing the waters of Vilas, Oneida, and Lincoln counties. Whether you are looking for a fun family outing, chasing after that trophy, looking to catch your first fish, or just want to learn some new water; we offer something for everyone.

About your guide:

Your guide Nate Hommerding grew up fishing the lakes of Northern Wisconsin. His earliest memories of fishing are from when he was four years old fishing for crappies and bluegills with his dad. When he was six years old he developed his passion for fishing. When Nate was 10 he caught his first musky. It's at that point when fishing became a lifestyle for Nate and his passion really developed for chasing musky and crappie. However he does thoroughly enjoy fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike, and other panfish as well.

Nate attended college at Vermilion Community College in Ely, MN and majored in fisheries and wildlife management. In the two years that he attended school there Nate had the opportunity to fish on some of northern Minnesota's premier lakes, and it was at this point that he really learned how to be productive catching fish.

Nate strives to make every trip a memorable one. To him there is no greater feeling then watching a kid catch their first fish or seeing a seasoned angler catch their biggest fish. Whether we catch a lot of fish or not, your experience is sure to be enjoyable and educational, as you will be able to take the knowledge that you gain with him and apply it yourself for years to come.

Nate strives to practice conservation and is a strong believer in catch and release and selective harvest. Nate practice's catch and release of all muskies and strongly encourages catch and release of big fish of all species.

Spring Walleye Trips:

Spring walleye trips are offered March through April in half day trips on the beautiful Wisconsin river in Wood county.

Fishing Trips:

Full day and half day trips are offered for musky and multi species. All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Fishing is conducted out of a Tuffy esox magnum tiller with the latest electronics and equipment.

Items to bring:

  • Valid WI fishing license
  • Seasonally appropriate clothing/rain gear
  • Camera
  • Sun screen
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Snacks/beverages
  • Positive fishing attitude

Ice Fishing:

Ice fishing trips are offered in half day or full day trips. Specializing in panfish, walleye, and northern pike. All trips are conducted out of heated portable shacks. This allows us to stay mobile and stay on the fish. All the latest equipment and electronics are provided. All you need is warm clothing, a valid WI fishing license, and a positive fishing attitude!
** Rates subject to change without notice.