VDL Recommended Guides

The following are the Professional Guides Vermilion Dam Lodge recommends and contact Information. The list of guides we recommend are not inclusive of all the Professional fishing Guides on Lake Vermilion. These are the guides that we frequently recommend to our resort guests:


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Best Buck Guide Service

Tim Lescarbeau ( Bucky) 

(218) 254-3815 Cell: (218) 969-1022 www.bestbetbuck@yahoo.com 

Tim Lescarbeau (Bucky) is by far one of the best walleye guides on Vermilion . It is not easy to get an open guide date for he is in high demand from all the resorts. He has been fishing lake Vermilion for many years and has run countless trips out of Vermilion Dam Lodge. Our guests love fishing with him for he is just one those guides that always seem to figure out the patterns and find fish. He can hold a tiller boat perfectly on a spot in strong winds at the same time be tying a hook, telling a joke and grabbing a net for a fish that needs to be netted.


Todd Lescarbeau Guide Service

Todd Lescarbeau

Tlescarbeau4@gmail.com 612-916-8633

Todd is school teacher and Hockey Coach in the off season. In the summer season he Guides on Vermilion for Walleye, Bass and other species. Like his brother ’ Bucky’ ( Tim Lescarbeau). Todd has been fishing and guiding for years and has an excellent personality, great fisherman and will make your day enjoyable.


Vermilion Walleye Hunter

Steve Krasaway


Steve is an excellent walleye fisherman. He runs a larger Lund Boat with a windshield so he has extra room for a third person and very comfortable ride for the customers. He has run several trips out of our resort over the past few years and we have always received positive feedback from our guests on Steve’s ability to catch fish.

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Wild Country Guide Service

Bill Rosner


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 very accommodating on a guide trip. He is always on time, and only uses top equipment.

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RB’s Guide Service Rob Bryers

Steve Krasaway


Rob has been running trips out of Vermilion Dam Lodge for years. He has many years of experience on Vermilion is an ‘Old School’ fisherman who does not depend on his electronics to find fish. He also specializes in guiding clients in Trout Lake which is a beautiful Portage lake off of Vermilion. We highly recommend having him do a shore lunch when you hire him.


Denny’ Guide service

Denny Van


Denny is an excellent knowledgeable guide who is very personable.. He
runs a very comfortable larger Alumacraft Boat with a full windshield. He
can take three people and can fish any section of the Lake.


Hyppa’s Guide Service

Jake Hyppa


Jake is a young man just starting college but has grown up on Vermilion fishing. He dedicated himself to being a productive fishing guide. Although he has only been guiding for a few seasons the feedback from VDL guests that have fished with him is excellent. Common input we hear about Jake from our customers is he respectful, great with electronics, and puts people on fish.


Panichi Guide Service

Joe Panichi


Panichi Guide Service
Joe is a Long- time resident and veteran guide on Lake Vermilion. Joe has Likely more time guiding on water of Vermilion than most any guide you will find. He extremely knowledgeable fisherman and has always made trips with VDL guests a great day fishing.


Dave Swenson Guide service


Dave has guided on Vermilion for years. Always known for his ability to find muskies but also and excellent walleye guide. If you are looking for a guide that can provide variety fishing for both walleye and muskies… Dave would be a great choice.


Mike’s Guide Service

Mike Estrin


Mike is an excellent walleye fisherman who guides and knows the Oak narrows/Frazer Bay area well. His boat is set up to comfortably handle three people.


Paul Klancher’s Wakemup Guide Service


Paul has been guiding for a few years on Vermilion but has done well with trips He has taken out of VDL. Paul knows the west end of the lake well and will guide all species including Musky.

Other sources of Fishing Guides on Vermilion: Lake Vermilion Guide league

Musky guides

Our resort is known for our support and promotion of Musky fishing. We have two primary top Musky Guides that we recommend ( Bob Benson and Luke Ronnestrad). Both of these Musky Guides are dedicated musky fisherman with high success rates. Both primarily guide for Musky only. In addition, we have listed other Vermilion Musky Guides who we recommend to our resort guests: 


Bob Benson/ Northland Muskie Adventures


“Bob has been is been Fishing/guiding for Musky on Vermilion for over 20 years. Bob 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 top of the line equipment and very detailed game plan on finding fish. Bob is super patient with his customers and makes the day of Musky Fishing comfortable and fun”.


Luke Ronnestrand

952-807-2947 (text him is the quickest way to get in touch with him)

“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. Luke has clients from all over the country coming to Vermilion just to fish with him. He has a great personality and treats all his guests with respect and patience. Getting a guide date can be difficult for he books up his calendar a year in advance. Although we still recommend trying to book him anyways for it will be well worth it if he has an opening”.


Matt Seifert
 Musky Mercenary Guide Service

text or call : 651-357-8709

“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. The feedback we get from our resort guests that fish with him is always very positive. Matt makes all his guests feel like longtime friends”.



Dustin Carlson Northland Muskie Adventures

Steve Krasaway

(218) 464-2379

“Dusty is a top Musky Guide in Northern Minnesota and the St.Louis River near Duluth Minnesota. He lives in Duluth Mn, but guides frequently on Lake Vermilion. Dusty has helped many VDL guests put Musky in the boat over the years. He is also one of the key guides for our annual Fall Musky Outings. Feedback we get on Dusty from out resort guests is always positive. They commonly mentioned not only his skills in finding Muskies but his willingness to share information and teach his clients more about muskies”.


Pete Brzezinski
 Northland Muskie Adventures

Ed /VDL comments : “Pete is one of our top recommended Musky Guides who lives in the Duluth/Superior Area and guides a wide range from Northern Wisconsin to Lake Vermilion. Pete also is one of our key guides in Our Annual Fall Musky Outing. Even though he does not run a lot of trips out of our resort due to his wide range of lake’s he guides on…he is one of the those guides who figures out a lake quickly and finds/catches fish. In our annual fall musky outing Pete’s clients boated the top largest musky two years in a row”.


Matt Snyder

(218) 404-9535

“Matt Guides on Vermilion for both Musky and Walleye. He is an excellent fisherman that adapts to whatever the conditions. He has long list of recent Musky Tournament wins on many different lakes which demonstrate his skills in adapting to any lake . Matt lives on the east end of Vermilion and runs a lot of trips from that end of the lake but 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 Borovsky
 Northland Muskie Adventures

Email: joshborovsky@msn.com

“Josh is a well-known Musky Guide in Minnesota. He also guides on Vermilion and several other lakes around the state. Josh is a school teacher by trade and utilizes those skills to help his clients learn to be successful musky fisherman. He has been featured on many Musky Fishing t.v. episodes and frequently speaks at many Musky Fishing seminars, classes and clinics. Feedback we get from VDl Guests is he works very hard to put his clients over fish and really teaches a lot to his clients that they can apply to any lake”.