VDL Recommended Guides
Tim Lescarbeau (Bucky)
Tim Lescarbeau (Bucky) is one of the best walleye guides on Vermilion. He is in high demand from all resorts-- contact him early in the year! He has fished Lake Vermilion for many years and has run countless trips out of Vermilion Dam Lodge. Our guests love fishing with him because he is a guide that always seems to have the pattern figured out and finds fish. He can hold a boat perfectly on a spot in strong winds, while tying on a hook, telling a joke and grabbing a net for a fish that needs to be netted!
Dave has guided Vermilion for years. Known for his ability to find muskies, but he is also an excellent walleye guide. If you are looking for a guide that can provide variety fishing for both walleye and muskies…Dave is an excellent choice.
Steve is known as a walleye hunter guide. He runs a large Lund Boat with a full windshield. This provides extra room for a third person and a very comfortable ride for customers. He has run several trips out of VDL over the past few years and we have always received positive feedback from guests on Steve’s ability to put them on fish!
Brad "Marty" Martinson
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Marty has been employed at Vermilion Dam Lodge for over 20 years. He fishes year-round and knows the lake well. He is extremely knowledgeable in using today's electronics and is very adept at boat control.
While noted for his success in Musky Fishing, he also is highly successful in guiding walleye.
He prefers to guide during peak fishing times of the day and feels that to be successful, it’s not how long you are on the water, but "when" you are on the water. Click HERE to book a trip with Marty!
Rob has been running trips out of Vermilion Dam Lodge for years. He has many years of experience on Vermilion. He is an ‘Old School’ fisherman who does not depend on just electronics to find fish. He also specializes in guiding clients on Trout Lake--a beautiful lake just a short portage from Vermilion. We highly recommend a "RB" shore lunch when you hire him.
Darrel grew up fishing Lake Vermilion. He has experience and knowledge of fishing the entire lake. He specializes in walleyes but has the expertise to target other species and will do so on request.
Darrel fishes out of an 1850 Lund Impact powered by a 150HP Mercury Outboard--He will supply St. Croix Rods, Shimano reels, life jackets, bait, and all the tackle. A $100 deposit is required within 15 days of booking to guarantee your trip dates.
A third generation Cook resident, Bill has been fishing Vermilion since the 60’s. He and his wife have lived on the west end since 2012. He has guided for the "Take a Vet" and "Take a Kid Fishing" events and enjoys teaching anyone about Vermilion.
Bill guides in a 19’ 2019 Ranger with a 200hp V8 Mercury ProXS. He utilizes a Humminbird Solix 10”/Mega 360, two Garmin 93’s with Livescope and a Minnkota Ulterra.
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Tyler has worked for Vermilion Dam Lodge for several years. He loves to fish and always has an ear to who and where people are finding success. Tyler loves to fish walleye but is also excellent at catching Musky and early season Crappie.
Tyler is very proficient in the use of the latest electronics and very willing to share his knowledge.
If you have ever stayed at VDL and met Tyler, you know he puts his heart into helping VDL guests; that holds true when he takes people out fishing.
Bill is a top Guide not only Vermilion Lake but also specializes on Pike fishing on the Vermilion River just minutes from the resort. Bill does a lot of work with Anglers Edge Television show, Lund Boats and is highly respected in the fishing industry. You will find Bill has a great personality and is very accommodating on a guided trip. He is always on time, and only uses top equipment.
Jake is a young man that has grown up on Vermilion fishing. He has dedicated himself to being a productive fishing guide. Feedback from VDL guests is excellent. Comments we hear about Jake from our customers are that he is great with electronics, puts clients on fish, shares his knowledge and treats everyone with respect.
Joe is a long-time resident and veteran guide on Lake Vermilion. It is likely that Joe has more time guiding on Vermilion than most any guide you will find. He is an extremely knowledgeable fisherman and has always made trips with VDL guests a great day fishing.
Bob has been fishing and guiding for Musky on Vermilion for over 20 years. He is extremely successful and has guided many VDL guests to their dream trophy musky. Bob is very accommodating on scheduling times and is always well prepared with a very detailed game plan for finding fish and provides top of the line equipment. He is noted for being patient with limited experience customers and makes a day of Musky fishing comfortable and fun.
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Luke is one of those Musky Guides that seems to have a natural born instinct to find Musky no matter what the conditions. We recommend to Luke’s clients before fishing with him to get a good night’s rest and pack a lunch...maybe dinner too. Luke is as hard core dedicated as they come and loves chasing muskies. He has clients from all over the country coming to Vermilion just to fish with him. Getting a guide date can be difficult... he books up his calendar a year in advance. Although we still recommend trying to book him anyway as it will be well worth it if he has an opening.
Musky Mercenary Guide Service
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Matt is top Musky guide who guides on several lakes in Minnesota in addition to Lake Vermilion. Matt specializes in trolling but also loves to cast. He is excellent with marine electronics and shares that with his clients. In addition to being a top musky guide he also guides walleye. Matt makes all his guests feel like longtime friends.
Marty's Guide Service
Brad "Marty" Martinson
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Marty has been employed at Vermilion Dam Lodge for over 20 years. Marty fishes year-round and knows the lake well. He is extremely knowledgeable in using today's electronics and is very adept at boat control. He is well noted for his success in Musky Fishing and has taken many guests to the catch of a lifetime. He likes to schedule his guide trips during peak fishing times of the day and feels that to be successful, it’s not how long you are on the water, but "when" you are on the water.
Tyler's Guide Service
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Vermilion Dam Lodge has employed Tyler for several years. He loves to fish and always has an ear to who and where people are finding success. Tyler has an excellent record for finding and catching Musky.
Tyler, like many of the guides today, is very proficient in use of the latest electronics and very willing to share his knowledge.
If you have ever stayed at Vermilion Dam Lodge and met Tyler, you know he puts his heart into helping Vermilion Dam Lodge Guests; that holds true when he takes people out fishing.
Carlson Guide Service
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Dusty is a top Musky guide in Northern Minnesota and the St. Louis River near Duluth Minnesota. Even though he lives in Duluth, he guides frequently on Lake Vermilion. Dusty has helped many VDL guests put Musky in the boat over the years. He is also a key guide for our annual Fall Musky Outing. Feedback we get on Dusty from our resort guests is always positive; they commonly mention not only his skills in finding Muskies but his willingness to share information and teach more about muskies.
Pete is one of our top recommended Musky guides. He guides a wide geographical range from Northern Wisconsin to Lake Vermilion. Pete is also one of the key guides in VDL's annual Fall Musky Outing. He quickly figures out a lake and puts clients on fish. In our annual Fall Musky Outing, Pete’s clients boated the largest musky two years in a row!
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Matt Guides on Vermilion for both Musky and Walleye. He is an excellent fisherman that adapts to any weather condition. He has a long list of recent Musky tournament wins on many different lakes, which demonstrate his skill adapting to any lake. He lives on the east end of Vermilion and runs a lot of trips from that end of the lake; however he has taken several trips out of the VDL over the years. Matt also participates in our annual Musky Outing as one of the primary guides.
Josh is a well-known Musky Guide in Minnesota. He regularly guides on Vermilion and other lakes around the state. A schoolteacher by trade, he effectively utilizes those skills to help clients learn to be successful musky fisherman. He has been featured on many Musky Fishing TV episodes and frequently speaks at Musky fishing seminars, classes and clinics. VDL guests comment that he works very hard to put clients on fish and provides fishing information that can be applied to any lake.
Above are professional guides that Vermilion Dam Lodge frequently recommends* to our guests. There are many more guides in the area, we suggest visiting the Lake Vermilion Guide League's website: lakevermilionguidesleague.com
*= Vermilion Dam provides recommendations solely as courtesy for guests as an aid to hiring a guide. VDL is not responsible for any agreement or contract made with these non-vdl staff guides and is providing this information without consideration from the guides. All information is word-of-mouth and from personal comments made by our guests.