Category Archives: Testimonials

Jim Showalter, Minneapolis, MN


I just wanted to finally take a minute (long overdue testimonial by the way) to thank you for an incredible day of smallmouth fishing on lake Mille Lacs. For the day we caught between 35 and 45 fish with the majority of the fish being in the 17.5 to 20 inch range. During this trip I had caught a 5 pound 13 ounce giant, which at the time had been my personal best.

 Since this time I now have upgraded my personal best to 6 pounds 3 ounces and this is what has prompted me to finally draft this testimonial of thanks. Although our trip was a great day of catching it was as much if not more a great day of learning. When we started the trip I asked if you would share your insight and knowledge as it relates to smallmouth and their patterns over the course of the year e.g. bait types, water temp and depth, seasonal patterns etc. and that you did. It would have taken me 2 years of on the water trial and error to learn what I learned in that one day of fishing with you. Anyone looking to book a trip and participate in both learning and catching will be well suited with your services, you’re an excellent guide and teacher.

See you on the water,

Bill Heussner – Wheaton, IL

Jim, Once again, I would like to thank you for an absolutely awesome day of trophy smallmouth fishing on Lake Mille Lacs.  You exceeded my expectations with your guiding ability and hard work in putting my wife Beth and me on the fish.  You set the bar high with all the pictures I viewed on…Continue Reading

Christian Sirek – Minneapolis

Jim, It’s been years since I’ve been on Mille Lacs, and this was the first time fishing for smallies.  I’ve fished alot over the years but NOTHING compared to the experience on Mille Lacs with you.  You are a good guide, we had a GREAT  day….it was a true memory.  Pound for pound and boat for boat…Continue Reading

Shannon Jacobson – Wyoming, MN

Jim, I just wanted to thank you for one of the most enjoyable days of fishing I’ve ever had.  I caught my personal best smallmouth on the first fish and it got better and better from that point on.  Catching two fish over 5 pounds and about 15-20 fish over 4 pounds was far beyond what…Continue Reading

Dr. Mark Wilhelm, Woodbury, MN

Jim, Thanks for your kind notes. We had fun. More than fishing, I personally enjoyed your professionalism and kindness as a man. Our trip was the essence of fishing: Fishing, learning, enjoying God’s Bounty, and companionship. I will contact you for future trips. PS….I also enclosed a photo of Ben’s first fish of the season. …Continue Reading

Bill Eye Walkon, MN

Jim, Just a short note, to let you know what a great time I had fishing with you on the guide trip last summer.  I learned a lot about smallmouth bass fishing and I landed many large fish that day. The smallest of them being 16″, and the largest being a 21 3/4″ monster weighing 6 lb 13…Continue Reading

Larry Strattman – Cape Girardeau Missouri

Jim, I normally fish the Tennessee River (Pickwick, Wilson lakes) for smallmouth which is only a 6hr drive. Making a 14 hour drive to fish with you (someone I’d never meet) to fish a lake I’d never heard of, made me question my decision making. I can now say that after fishing in nine states,…Continue Reading - Fishing Information - Musky Fishing Information
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