RB's Guide Service
P.O. Box 303, Cook MN 55723
Cell: 218-780-7939

Let me answer some of your questions even before you book your fishing trip:

Who am I?
I spent each summer growing up fishing and enjoying Lake Vermilion. And I had a wonderful career in Forestry, retired after 30 plus years. During the off season I enjoyed fishing and hunting. Now I'm happily doing it full-time.
My guide boat for Lake Vermilion is a 2014 Alumacraft Voyaguer 175, Yamaha 75hp. My Trout Lake guide boat is 2016 Alumacraft Escape 165, Evinrude E-Tech 25hp Both boats are equipped with high quality Lowrance electronics. I enjoy helping guests learn more about fishing and Lake Vermilion. My goal is to give you the best experience possible, and to meet and surpass your expectations!

How long are our fishing days and what time do we fish?
Normally 1/2 day trips are about 4 hours and full day trips are eight hours and may go longer depending how the fishing is or what weather does. Start and finish times are flexible. Children are welcome and encouraged to come along.

What should you bring?
#1 should be a camera (besides fish, there is a good chance different birds and wildlife will show themselves), appropriate clothing for the weather (including jackets, hats and gloves), and good rain gear (even if it looks like favorable weather). Don't forget the sunscreen and your valid fishing license. And if you have a favorite personal life preserver, bring that too - even if I have several extras in my boat.

What kind of fishing gear do I need?
I will provide all high quality rods, reels, tackle, and bait. But if you have your own favorite rod/reel, please bring it. And please make sure you have new fishing line on the reel.

Are you interested in a trip to Trout Lake?
Trout lake is entirely within the BWCA, via a portage operated by ATV, your boat is transported from Lake Vermilion over land to Trout Lake, because this lake is part of the wilderness system, there are no lake homes or other structures, it is one of the few lakes in BWCA that allows motor boats which are limited to 25hp, you'll not encounter large pleasure boats or personal watercraft. There is a daily quota on the number of users so you won't see large number of boats. What draws most of my guests is also the fishing, the walleye average a larger size than adjacent lakes and catching those trophy size walleye are a realistic possibility, The smallmouth bass fishing is world class, very strong numbers so a day of bass fishing is non-stop action. As the lake implies it hosts lake trout. I target these species early season when they are shallow and can be caught using light tackle for a challenging fight. So if your looking for a unique experience while visiting consider booking this trip or if your visit allows book a trip on both Trout lake and Lake Vermilion to experience both of these great lakes.

What are the guide's rates?

1/2 DAY
Trout Lake Trip
$ 300
(third person - $ 50)
(follow boat - $ 50)
$ 350
(third person - $ 75)
(follow boat - $ 75)
$ 400
(third person - $ 100)
(follow boat - $ 100)
$ 425
((includes portage fee))
(Children under the age of 16 years old fish free!)

Where do we meet?
I will pick you up at your place or resort. Otherwise we'll find a favorable place to meet.

What if we cancel the fishing trip due to the weather?
In the event the trip is cancelled prior to departure in the morning, there will be no charge. If the trip is shortened do to bad weather the cost will be fairly and honestly negotiated. If it is possible, we can re-schedule.

On a full day trip, how about lunch?
There are a couple of options. Along with fresh fish your choice includes fried potatoes along with baked beans and a vegetable which we can plan ahead of time. I offer gluten and dairy free fish coating mixes for people that are on restricted diets. There is an additional charge per person for the shore lunch. Bring snacks and beverages - I supply a cooler with bottled water in my boat.

What do I do with the fish we catch?
I will clean and package all your fish to meet Minnesota DNR transportation legal requirements. If I pick you up somewhere other than you place of stay, please bring a small lunch size cooler for transportation (I'll provide ice!). In the event of catching a trophy fish you may decide to keep for mounting, I'll personally transport it to your place of stay.

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RB's Guide Service P.O. Box 303, Cook MN 55723 -- Cell: 218-780-7939