Wisconsin Northland Outdoor Adventures Guide Service
Along with being a full time guide for the last 30 some years we still host and produce a popular outdoor radio show and am an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and also the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. In the past have written many articles for magazines like Musky Hunter magazine, Esox Angler magazine, and Midwest outdoors just to name a few. Up untill recently for many years myself and my wife also owned and operated Sportsmen's Lodge resort on Moose lake. Over 3 decades of helping people enjoy the outdoors, we are now into the 2nd generation with many of our guests!
Along with myself, I can also hook you up with several other top area guides and also offer guiding for groups. We even help you arrange for lodging in the area if you want.
MUSKY FISHING - The Hayward area is known for it's great musky fishing and has many lakes to choose from. Over the years I've had several fish over 50 inches in my boat and to many to count between 40 and 48 inches. However while some of our lakes regularly produce some real trophies, others are known for action and produce plenty of action from legal size muskies but with over 20 years of catch and release going on even these lakes are starting to produce some nice fish. Over the last couple years we've caught many mid to upper 40 inch fish from these "numbers" lakes and had quite a few days where we've boated multiple 40+ inch fish.
I fish most of the lakes in the area and catching muskies is usually not a problem on most days, it's just the really big ones that don't always come easy.
A tip on catching Trophy Muskies, There are definitely times of the year and conditions when your odds of catching that real trophy are much greater. If the time is right, like in the fall or under the right weather conditions, go for the "big one",and other times concentrate on just catching legal fish. By doing this you'll learn more, enjoy it more, and definitely catch more muskies.
BASS FISHING - One of Northwest Wisconsin's most overlooked fisheries is it's bass fishing, both largemouth and smallmouth, and it just keeps getting better!
Our smallmouth fishing is world class, and it's hard to beat our Largemouth fishing too!
**May and early June and October are often overlooked for Smallmouth as many anglers then concentrate their efforts on other species. However, while we fish all through the season for them too, we usually see some of the very best fishing in those months for absolutely huge Smallmouth bass!**
FLY FISHING - I also offer guided trips for fly angling for musky and bass on the Chippewa river and on several lakes as well. We have some of the best shallow water fly fishing for both smallmouth and muskies you will find anywhere! We can fish the rivers from kayaks or smaller boats but if you want a better chance at at bigger mid 40 inch and up musky, I also guide fly anglers from my guide boats on many of these lakes.
Trophy size muskies. Fly fishing on the rivers is great but don't overlook fly fishing bigger waters. No matter how you fish for muskies, consistantly the larger waters produce larger muskie! I have many lakes we can fly fish on from lakes that produce lots of muskies to trophy lakes like the Chippewa Flowage. And fly fishing from a bigger boat is more comfortable and with it's large casting deck is great to fly fish muskies and smallmouth from.
GUIDED KAYAK AND CANOE TRIPS - Kayaks and canoes are nothing new, but over the last few years we have seen the paddle sports get even more popular. The kayaks we have today have evolved into very stable and comfortable watercraft. With that we have seen specialty kayaks designed for fishing and an explosion of the popularity of kayak fishing. It all started in saltwater but more and more anglers are discovering that fishing freshwater from a kayak is not only fun but allows you access to waters where you can't get a bigger boat in. I have always used canoes to fish some of the rivers and out of the way spots but have found the fishing kayaks to be more comfortable and enjoyable to fish from on these small waters.
We offer fully guided trips on the Chippewa River or small remote lakes in the Chequamegon National Forest by kayak or canoe for from 2 people to groups. A great way for the whole family to experience the wilderness and with an experienced guide along the fishing is good too. The Chippewa river has an abundant population of muskies and smallmouth as well as good walleye fishing. Catching big trophy smallmouth from a kayak or canoe is fun and a great experience, and catching muskies from a kayak is maybe the ultimate freshwater experience! Both casting and fly fishing trips are available or combinations.
GUIDED ICE FISHING TRIPS Guided trips available on the Chippewa Flowage for northern pike and panfish. The Chippewa Flowage is the 2nd largest lake in Wisconsin with over 15,000 acres, 233 miles of shoreline, and 140+ islands. The Chippewa Flowage was created in 1924. The damming of the Chippewa River joined the waters of 11 natural lakes, 9 rivers and countless streams. It's shoreline is primarily wild which will never be more than 15% developed. The "Chip" was historicly closed to all ice fishing for many years but now is open all winter for panfish and northern pike. With a huge population of crappies, bluegills, and northern pike and a great wilderness setting, ice fishing on the "Chip" is a very unique experience! Guided ice fishing trips also available on several other Hayward area lakes for walleye, crappie, bluegill, perch, and or northern pike as well. All equipment and gear is furnished and I use Eskimo brand insulated shelters and have portable heaters to make your ice fishing trip warm and comfortable as well as fun and productive. My winter guide rates are for 1 or 2 people it's $250 and for larger groups we add in $50 per extra person. Because of the shorter days and colder weather we usually fish 5 or 6 hour trips which is what our winter rates are based on. Guide Service Includes
- 8+ hours on the water (usually 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch break) But I do a lot of 5 hour trips in the evenings too.
- Safe, comfortable Tracker deep V boat or a big Lund Pro V
- Guided river trips and remote small lakes are from smaller boats, canoes, or comfortable, very stable kayaks.
- All boat expenses (gas included)
- Fishing equipment (if needed)
- Live bait for walleye, bass, and panfish. (musky suckers are extra)
- Extra guides for large parties can be booked.
- Night fishing trips can be arranged.
- Fish cleaning
- Winter Ice fishing guide service available on the Chippewa Flowage as well as most of the Hayward area lakes
- Proper Clothing, Rain Gear, Sunglasses & Fishing Hat, Camera
- Valid Wisconsin Fishing License
- Rods, Reels, Lures (provided with advance notice)
- Lunch For You and Guide (usually at lake restaurant)
- Something to drink as it can get hot during the summer months
- Full day for 1 or 2 people is $330 and half day rates are $225
- In My big Lund Pro V I can take up to 4 guests out for walleye and panfish and 3 out for musky or bass
- I also offer a 5 hour evening fishing trip in the summer months for only $250. That has been my most popular guided trip as it gets you on the water at one of the very best times and out of the summer heat. Great time to enjoy our waters and great fishing!
- Extra adults in the boat are only are $50 each for full day or 5 hour trip, $25 half day, no extra charge for kids under 10
- Ice fishing rates are $250 for one or two anglers for 5 hour trips, all equipment included. Add $50 per extra angler.
- For guided hunting rates and dates available please call or E-mail me and we'll get back to you right away.
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- Hayward Lake, Sawyer County
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- Lake Chippewa, Sawyer County
- Lost Land Lake, Sawyer County
- Moose Lake, Sawyer County
- Namekagon Lake, Bayfield County
- Nelson Lake, Sawyer County
- Round Lake, Sawyer County
- Spider Lake, Sawyer County
- Teal Lake, Sawyer County
- Tiger Cat Flowage, Sawyer County