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I am interested in becoming a fishing guide.
Can anyone give some advice on ways to get started? I have heard of some schools that teach that type of profession. Are they worth attending? Can anyone recommend one? Has anyone heard of guides that are willing to take a young hard working individual under their wing? I am sure that this is a type work that that dosent produce success overnight. If Anyone could give me some advice, it would be greatly appreciated. With the exception of 24 years of fishing the Grand Rapids/Marcel area, I am at ground zero on this dream of mine. I have been putting family and freinds on fish since I was a kid and I beleive that I have the know how, confidence and passion to pursue this. I just need some advice on where to start.

Thanx,
Big island Dude

[This message has been edited by BIG ISLAND DUDE (edited 09-16-2004).]

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  • 2 weeks later...

You'll need to be a shameless self-promoter. I know a couple guys who donate a few day trips to drawings and have gotten repeat business as a result. Good luck.

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how much do ya think a guide would make a year? just an estimate

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Look up Curt Hellickson near Marcell. That guy has been doing it forever years. Great guy... great resource. I'm sure he'd love to talk to a young aspiring guide.

Fish On!

Iron Man

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Hey Big Island Dude if you are who i think you are don't you think you should give me some coordinates for that crappie honey hole? It's the least you can do for the guy you make wait at the door trying to make deliveries everyday.

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big eye guy,

I would be more than happy to put you on some of my giant "Ice Out Slabs".

$150- half day- per person tongue.gif
$250- Full day- per person tongue.gif

The prices would be cheaper if you actually delivered things ontime grin.gif

Of course I will also be needing to know where you catch those Big Eyes.


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Ice fishin SUCKS...
But I do it anyway.

[This message has been edited by BIG ISLAND DUDE (edited 03-29-2004).]

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big island
If you can get me on coon lake, near larson i would give you some cash and you would not have to guide me. Do you know is that lake accessible for anyone or is it all private.
thanks hope to hear from you.
Steve Ciampi

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    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • CigarGuy
      Looks like there's plenty of ice still in Spring Bay! Kids snowmobile racing.
    • BWpineisland
      My wife is in total agreement with yours. I love the quiet and remoteness, my wife hates the ice travel!
    • SkunkedAgain
      There aren't a lot of cabins in the bay to begin with, a whole other bonus! For the folks on the south side of the bay, it's an access issue as well. People in general are less likely to go in the winter when you don't have road access, because now you introduce ice conditions, snow depth, darkness, cold, and other factors into the trip. While I have always enjoyed those challenges, it is much different to drive up on a Friday night and pull up to your place versus get there at 10pm, unload machines and gear, and go across the lake at night with gear in tow. I love it. My wife hates it. My daughter is in the middle.   Enjoy it up there.
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    • Rick G
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    • Rick G
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    • CigarGuy
      I take my sxs all the way down Phillips Rd. road to Cains driveway and turn around at the entrance to Laura's and her son's Brian's driveways, Brian bought Davey Crockett's old place.(I think that was his name). You see them fishing on his dock at the beginning of the narrow part of the channel heading in Black Bay. They have the only 2 driveways that are plowed during the winter down Phillips Rd. My neighbor, whom you met, used to plow his boat house road so we access the lake easier in the winter for ice fishing, but he doesn't ice fishing much anymore, so just sleds down that road. I think I know who lets you access the lake, nice of him. I'm surprised more people in Black Bay don't use their places in the winter. I'm heading up in the morning!
    • chucker1101
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