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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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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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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Wes Harder

Wes_Harder_Guide_Pic.jpgWes is new to Sportsman’s but brings in 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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Mike.jpgMike Marquardt

Mike is one of younger guides that brings his love of the outdoors to the resort!  He has been fishing with us for 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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Captain Travis C. has been fishing his entire life, and guiding with us for three years. He is a family man with a true love of the outdoors.

Whether he is in an ice house, out on a boat, or sitting on the shoreline you are sure to find him with a rod in his hand. He loves sharing his love of fishing with everyone he meets.

With his fun and energetic nature and knowledge of fishing you are sure to have a great time with him.

“Fishing is something I love to do but it’s about more than just the fish; it’s all the memories you make with friends and loved ones and the stories you’ll have to tell that last a lifetime.” 

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travis.pngTravis Madrazo

Travis M. Is a newer addition to the Sportsman’s Family; with two years under his belt. He has been fishing for many years, and loves to do so. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of fishing with anyone who will listen.

He loves being on the water, and getting to show people around the lake while hooking some nice walleyes and enjoying the sun. When he isn’t working you’ll catch him fishing for northern pike.

“Fishing isn’t just a sport; it’s a way of life.” 

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matt_mcclure.PNGMatt McClure

Matt is a young guide who is bursting at the seams with his love of fishing. He has been fishing for most of his life, and has been with us for about two years.

Matt’s enthusiasm and joy of fishing are contagious. He is known to show his guests a great time while doing what he loves most. When he isn’t working he is probably spending his time outside in a boat, or even off the end of a dock, trying to catch the next monster fish.

“Sometimes I just wonder if the fish are thinking about me too!”

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