A Single Fishing Trip With a Wise Sportsman's Guide
is Better Than Ten 
Years of Study!

Most of our guides have 20 plus years of experience on the Lake of the Woods. Most of them don't consider it a job.

“I kind of feel like I'm stealing money sometimes to fish for a livin'. There's that bumper sticker that says, 'A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.' Well, that bumper sticker really inspired me to wanna fish everyday and there's nothin' I love better than putting a group on a pile of fish!” said Captain Beckel.


Kit Beckel

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A popular long time fishing guide for Sportsman's Lodge, 2012 marks Kit Beckel's 50th year of guiding! This outstanding career started back when Kit was a mere 13 years old and he's well known as the Lake of the Woods Legend. Kit also hosted Lt. Governor Carol Molnau during the 2004 Governor's Fishing Opener on May 15.

Kit has been guiding visitors and guests of Lake of the Woods since 1960. His family moved to the area in 1959, from Austin, Minnesota, and owned Trails End Resort (which is now a part of Wigwam Resort). His dad purchased Kit his first launch (charter boat) when he was 13. In 1971, the Beckel family established Sportsman's Lodge, located along the Rainy River. Operated with his brothers and their families, the "the Beckel Brothers" built one of the largest resorts in the area. In the mid 1990's, the resort was sold to its current owners, the Hennum family.

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Darryl Vacura

Darryl.jpgDarryl brings in a load of fish like you see here, day after day after day! As a matter of fact, he has been guiding with us for over 22 years! Darryl says, "It's easy! Guiding is not rocket science, especially on this lake, we have a great fishery here and in order to catch the fish, you have to be patient with the lake and listen to the folks who fish it." Darryl laughs as he explains how lucky he is to have this job.

The best part about being a guide for Darryl is simply being on the lake. He says Lake of the Woods is a beautiful lake with so many characteristics. As a matter of fact, on his days off, you won't find Darryl fishing, but you might find he and his wife beachcombing the sandy shores of Graceton beach. As for his advice to anglers coming up to Lake of the Woods . . . Darryl says, "Be patient, believe what the locals tell you about the lake; and how to catch walleye and you can't go wrong drifting or trolling with a spinner and sinker."

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Dan Carlson

Dan.JPGYou'll love fishing with "The Swede"! Dan Carlson's love for fishing is absolutely contagious! Of course, it's easy to be passionate about the sport when you can bring in a fish or two like the one pictured here. This picture was taken in mid-July 2003. Dan and his son were out fishing with Windy (another Sportsman's Guide) and his son on that memorable day. In the course of a few hours they had caught their limit of walleyes, including two 10-pounders, an 11-pounder, a 9-pounder, and a few others over 28 inches! And that's no fish story!

Dan has been guiding with Sportsman's Lodge since 1997, but has been fishing Lake of the Woods for as long as he can remember. When asked the best time to fish Lake of the Woods, Dan says, "I really like shoreline fishing in June and river fishing in October."

Dan's tip to anyone coming up to fish Lake of the Woods is to be prepared for the weather. Even in the heat of the summer, it can get chilly on the lake. Guests should remember to bring warm clothes and even rain gear with them just in case.

When he is not guiding with Sportsman's, Dan enjoys hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. He also is an avid hockey player and fan and spends time in the winter working at the Baudette Arena.

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IMG_8757.jpgMike Marquardt

Mike has been fishing with us for over 5 years and always has happy customers.  He is a much sought after guide and loves what he does.
 
Mike's advice when it comes to fishing is to have fun with it. After all, a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!  He enjoys teaching kids about fishing and sharing his love of the area.
 
When Mike isn't fishing for work, he enjoys fishing on his own or with friends as well as hunting in the fall and snowmobiling in the winter.

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Bob.jpgBob Busick

Bob lives for and loves to fish! He has had the passion for fishing ever since he was a young boy. He has been guiding for the past 11 years and has enjoyed fishing for the past 45, 20 of them being on Lake of the Woods. His favorite fish to fish for are walleye, northern, perch, salmon and trout. 

Bob's favorite time of year to fish is the spring and the fall however, Bob says winter and summer are pretty fun too!

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Wes Harder

Wes_Harder_Guide_Pic.jpgWes has over 20 years of fishing experience on Lake of the Woods. Wes enjoys being on the water every day possible and getting into the walleye action. Wes enjoys fishing year round and sharing his love of fishing with others. When Wes is not on the water he enjoys farming, hunting and spending time with his wife and three children. 

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IMG_8771.jpgBaihly Hontvet

Baihly has been fishing almost all his life and has been a guide with the Sportsman’s Lodge and Sportsman’s Oak Island lodge for the past 5 years.

He was born in the Lake of the Woods area, probably with a fishing pole in his hand!  He loves getting customers their biggest fish and really enjoys meeting new people and getting them to love fishing as much as he does.  Baihly says with Lake of the Woods, you never know what you could set your hook on.

When Baihly isn’t out on the water, he enjoys hunting.

His favorite quote is “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

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Ralph Christofferson

Ralph.jpgRalph and his family have an insatiable passion for fishing and hunting.  He has more than 50 years of fishing experience. Ralph has been fishing on Lake of the Woods for the past 30 years and professionally guiding for the past 7.  He enjoys helping others enjoy the great fishing we have on Lake of the Woods. Ralph’s favorite fish is the walleye and Ralph can’t think of any better lake other than, Lake of the Woods to fish for walleye.  One of his favorite features about Lake of the Woods is walleyes can be found all year and all day long. The methods based on time of year and weather must be changed, but Lake of the Woods proves over and over, day in and day out just how incredible a fishery it really is.  When Ralph is not fishing he enjoys volunteering for the Annual Local Take a Kid Fishing event, Let’s Go Fishing seminars and teaching Rod Building classes.

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Brent_Fredrickson.jpgBrent Fredrickson

Brent has been living and guiding in Baudette for 5 years, and fishing Lake of the Woods for 25 years!  His favorite thing about fishing is the excitement of feeling the fish bite.  He always says that Lake of the Woods has endless spots to fish and enjoys seeing the customers with a smile on their face.  When Brent isn’t fishing, he’s enjoying the outdoors and hunting.  When you hop on his boat in the morning, you can bet you will hear “Fish on!”

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IMG_8756.jpgEric Best

Eric has been fishing for 20 years and has been fishing Lake of the Woods for three and a half years.  He enjoys the tug on the other end of the line and meeting new people from all over the country.  Eric began fishing Lake of the Woods as soon as he moved to the area.  He says Lake of the Woods is unlike any other walleye fishery he has ever fishing.

When Eric isn’t guiding, he loves hunting and doing anything in the great outdoors.

His favorite quote is “It’s all about how you wiggle your worm!”

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IMG_8772.jpgMike Cline

Mike has been an avid fisherman for 35 years and a winter guide for 8 years on Lake of the Woods.

He recently decided to join our summer guide crew and loves it!  He loves the variety of fish that can be caught on Lake of the Woods or the Rainy River. 

When Mike isn’t taking trips and chatting with customers, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young son, Jackson. He also enjoys hunting and teaching Jackson all he knows about where to catch fish!

Mike always says, “It’s not how many fish you catch, it’s the memories you make!”

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Ethan Peterson

Ethan recently joined the Sportsman’s Lodge summer guiding crew and has been fishing for 14 years.  He was born in the Lake of the Woods area and knows a great deal about the lake and how fabulous this area is.  He enjoys meeting new people and the excitement that comes along with catching any type of fish.  His favorite thing about Lake of the Woods is the river system that comes along with all the different structures out on the main lake.  When he isn’t enjoying fishing, Ethan plays hockey year-round.  His favorite quote is “Box ‘Em!”

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Evan Smith

Bio to come soon.

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Legendary Lake of the Woods

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