Fish on Some of the Nation’s Best Waters
With Expert Guides
– Quiet, Uncrowded Rivers
– Big Smallmouth Bass
– Expert Angling Instruction
Great Waters, Great Fish
This is our 26th year of guiding on the best rivers and streams in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. This includes great Minnesota rivers like the upper Mississippi and the St. Croix, plus smaller and lesser-known waterways where the fishing is equally amazing.
These trips are daylong floats for one or two clients. On most rivers, the craft used is a customized oar-powered johnboat. For smaller streams, a specialized “Smallmouth Angler” canoe allows you to reach waters rarely fished by others.
From these comfortable fishing boats, smallmouth bass fans from across the United States have caught thousands of fish over 15 inches. And hundreds of these are trophies exceeding 18 inches, including giants over five pounds. On a Smallmouth Angler trip, your chances of battling unusually beefy bronzebacks are high.
— $345 for one
— $385 for two people
— Book early, dates are limited
— $125. Deposit Required
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Comprehensive Instruction, Too
On Smallmouth Angler trips you can receive personalized instruction if you wish.
Our guides are professional smallmouth bass instructors with years of teaching experience at our popular “Stream Smallmouth Bass Schools”.
As much or as little instruction as you want is entirely up to you. However, if you want to further your knowledge of smallmouth bass and how to catch them, these are the trips.
The Best Tackle
Besides great fishing instruction, your trip includes lunch and beverages, plus use of the finest tackle and lures. Either fly tackle or spin, we provide you with the best equipment for the conditions. This includes our 7-foot rods and favorite lures from the his river fishing tackle collection. These baits are rigorously tested on the waters you will be fishing.
Smallmouth Angler Guides:
Dan Johnson, Guide
Dan Johnson has been a partner with Tim Holschlag in Smallmouth Angler for 24 years. He is an instructor for our Stream Schools, host of our Canadian fishing trips, a commercial fly tier and fly fishing guide.
Dan has a friendly, clear teaching style for those who want instruction. He brings decades of expertise to your trip, and that’s no exaggeration. He and Tim avidly fished the same Iowa streams together as youth over 50 years ago.
Arlin Schalekamp, Guide
Truly a fisheries expert, as the Minnesota DNR Area Fisheries Supervisor in Fergus Falls, Arlin played a key role in establishing smallmouth bass in the Otter Tail River over 20 years ago. Over the next two decades he helped build the Otter Tail into a world class smallmouth fishery.
Now recently retired from the DNR, Arlin is sharing his many insights, expertise and enthusiasm with guiding clients.
Tim Holschlag, Guide
The author of three popular smallmouth bass books and hundreds of magazine articles, a prominent seminar speaker, and the primary teacher at our popular “Stream Smallmouth Bass Schools” for 24 years.
If you are new to fishing for smallmouth, or want to improve your skills, instruction is Tim’s specialty. No one knows smallies and rivers better.