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Our Guides

Our guides bring over 650 combined years of customer service in the fishing industry to the waters of Rainy Lake, Minnesota. They all share a high dedication to professionalism, skill, and consistency.

Patrick Arnold

Arnold's Charter Fishing & Water Taxi

I was born and raised on Rainy Lake’s Jackfish Creek.  I am lucky to be able to say I have spent my whole life here.  As a child, Rainy was my backyard and my playground.  In 1976 I started guiding for the KOA campground for $20/day...

Jon Balaski

Greenhead Guide Service

I have been a licensed fishing guide on Rainy Lakesince the early age of eighteen.  Now, at twenty-nine I love the job more than ever.  Even as a young boy I wanted to be a fishing guide. Simply put, I love fishing.  Even more, I love guiding...

Billy Dougherty

Rainy Lake Houseboats

I was inducted to the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary angler on March 23, 2018. My fishing career began at the famous Kettle Falls Hotel in 1965, learning under my uncle Mike Williams. I guided full time there through 1975, then weekends and vacations through the fall...

Kevin Erickson

Erickson's Guide Service

I have been guiding on Rainy Lake since 2004. When I’m not guiding I work as an elementary school teacher and girl’s hockey coach at the International Falls schools. My target species are walleyes, northern pike ...

John Gushulak

Gator Charters

I began guiding on Rainy lake in the mid-1960's out of Rainy Lake Lodge and later Island View Lodge. Those were the days of no electronics and I learned the lake using paper charts. I learned the fishing spots from veteran guides...

Bruce Jean

Rainy Lake Guiding

I was born and raised on Rainy Lake. A twenty-two year teacher turned principal, fishing is in my blood.  I’m a second generation guide, having begun fishing when I was five under the tutelage of my father, Ron Jean. For the last twenty-five years ...

Scott Jean

Rainy Lake Guiding

Born and raised in the borderland, I started fishing Rainy Lake in 1973.  I have been guiding periodically with the family business - Rainy Lake Guiding, since 1998.  As a fifth grade teacher for the last thirty-one years...

Jim Knapp

Cap't Jim Guide Service

I spent my summers growing up on Rainy Lake a few miles from the Rainy Lake Houseboat base. I graduated from International Falls High School and went on to college where I played hockey for the University of MN-Duluth Bulldogs. I have...

Mike Lessard

Onedoggie's Guide Service

I started guiding in 1979.  I learned the ropes from my Father, Legendary Guide Butch Lessard.  In 2006, I had the honor of guiding Governor Tim Pawlenty.  I have been guiding my entire life except for the five years I served in the United States Coast Guard...

William Lyon

My passion for fishing and the outdoors began on Namakan Lake, connected to the East end of Rainy Lake at Kettle Falls where my family has had a cabin for almost 25 years. I learned to drive a 9.9hp Johnson tiller at the age of 8 and was hooked ever since. I started working at the thunderbird lodge on Rainy Lake during the summers...

Jeff Plath

I was born in Austin and grew up in Owatonna Minnesota.  I am married to my best friend Elaine of thirty years and have two grown boys.  I run a heavy haul trucking company based out of Tyler, Texas as my full time business and guide on Rainy Lake during the open water season.  I am a licensed coast guard caption and fully insured.  Tyler, Texas is where we call home in the winter...

Ryan Schmidt

Border Country Outdoor Adventures

I grew up fishing on Rainy Lake and spending summers at my Grandparents cabin on the East end of Dry Weed Island. Ever since I was a young kid, I loved fishing, exploring, and being on Rainy Lake. I started working on Rainy Lake at the age of 14 as a dock boy for Rainy Lake Houseboats...

Tony Snyder

Voyage North Guide Service

I have been fishing the lakes of Voyageurs National Park since 1978.  My family bought a resort on Lake Kabetogama in 1984. In 1986, I started guiding part time and spent almost all of my free time on the lakes.  I served the citizens of MN as a Minnesota State Trooper ...

Mike Williams

Rainy Lake Houseboats

One hundred years ago in May of 1918 my grandfather, R.S. Williams, purchased the Kettle Falls Hotel on the east end of Rainy Lake. With my father, Charlie Williams, I enjoyed so much my visits there and the excellent fishing so close by. Thanks to my father, who was one of Rainy Lake's ...

Norm Wood

Rainy Lake Angling Adventures

Since the early age of nine and spending summers at our family cabin on Rainy Lake I have been captivated by fishing and water.  I fished nearly everything Rainy had to offer in those years until at the age of fourteen I caught my first musky.  Musky Fever took a strong...

Barry Woods

Woody's Fairly Reliable Guiding Service

Fourty-five years ago I had my very first guide trip with Senator Bob "The Old Trapper" Lessard aboard his boat "The Viking."  As the years passed I guided much with my legendary uncle Butch "Top Dog" Lessard and for all the resorts of which many are no longer in existence...