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 was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Growing up Lake Vermilion was our summer home, so needless to say, days were filled fishing and exploring Vermilion and Trout Lake. I think I was probably in my early teens when I did my first guide trip. After high school I went on to have a very fulfilling career of over 30 yrs in Forestry with the US Forest Service. After retiring I moved back to Lake Vermilion and I started guiding full time. I'm active with the Lake Vermilion Association, helping with the shore lunch site maintenance and rough fish removal. I offer fully guided fishing trips on Vermilion Lake. My Vermilion guide boat is an Alumacraft Voyageur powered by a Yamaha. I use Lowance electronics. All my rods are Fenwick with Shimano or Daiwa reels which will match the presentation we're using. I want my guests to have a productive and educational experience and learn as much as you can about the fisheries, the lake and the area. But most important is to have fun and enjoy the day. My goal would be for the day to exceed 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. They may go longer depending how the fishing and the weather. Start and ending 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 wide variety of wildlife we may see), 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. If you have a favorite personal life preserver, bring that too. 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. Please make sure you have new fishing line on the reel.

What are the guide's rates?

1/2 DAY
$ 350
(third person - $ 50)
(follow boat - $ 50)
$ 425
(third person - $ 50)
(follow boat - $ 50)
$ 475
(third person - $ 50)
(follow boat - $ 50)
(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 few options. Along with fresh fish, your choice includes fried potatoes, baked beans and a vegetable. we can plan this ahead of time. I offer gluten and dairy free fish coating mixes for people that are on restricted diets. There is a $15.00 per person charge with discount for children under 12 yrs old for the shore lunch. Bring snacks and beverages - I supply a cooler with bottled water.

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 where you are staying, please bring a small lunch size cooler for transportation (I'll provide ice!).

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