Mike Verdeja has been fishing Lake Mille Lacs for over twenty years, the past nine of which he has spent professionally guiding. Growing up with a passion for fishing, he got his start as a guide under Terry McQuoid and McQuoid’s Guide Service in 2010, starting his venture into his own guiding business in 2018.
Specializing in Smallmouth Bass and Walleye, Mike has extensive knowledge of the fishery. Along with offering summer and winter guide services on Mille Lacs he also spends time guiding in the Northern portion of the state in the Orr and Vermillion Lake areas and works seasonally river guiding in Alaska.
Outside of Walleye and Bass fishing he also enjoys chasing panfish, Muskie, trout, and salmon.
Mille Lacs Lake offers opportunities for a trophy calibur fish anytime you hit the water. The lake boasts both population and size for most of the species that call it home. It is truly hard to find another lake like Mille Lacs. Once known as the “Walleye Capital”, the lake has expnded past that title and has become well know for trophy Smallmouth, huge Northern Pike, and monster Muskie.
Bassmaster Magazine named Mille Lacs the top Smallmouth lake in the country in 2017, putting the lake at the top of its hundred lake length list. Mille Lacs is truly a special destination for Smallmouth as it offers both population and trophy size that you can’t find anywhere else. We specialize in
Smallmouth Bass throughout the open water season. Your fish of a life time is truly only a cast away.
Currently offering both full and half day trips on Lake Mille Lacs and Lakes in the Orr area of Northern Minnesota. Half day trips run 4 hours of fishing and full days run 8 hours. 6 hour trips can be accommodated at a pro-rated fee when available.
All fishing equipment, bait, tackle, and life jackets are included with your trip rate. Anglers are required to have a Minnesota fishing license. These can be purchased online before your trip through the Minnesota DNR’s website, or at any of the local gas stations or bait shops.
Be sure to bring a camera, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Some rain gear is provided but, you are encouraged to bring your own. Even warm days can feel cooler on the water so a jacket or sweatshirt are also good ideas for clients to bring.
Coolers can be accommodated. Bring anything you’d like to eat or drink, we can also plan on breaking for lunch on all day trips.
Mike Verdeja has been fishing Lake Mille Lacs for over twenty years, the past ten of which he has spent professionally guiding.
Winter on Lake Mille Lacs offers excellent opportunities for ice fishing. Partnered with Beachside Resort in Wahkon, Minnesota, we offer guide service through the winter fishing season for all species. We can take groups of two to ten guests providing heated fish houses, electronics, rods & reels, bait and tackle. A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking.
Beachside also offers lodging for your fishing adventure! Offering cabin or fish house rentals. Clean, comfortable, and affordable. Located just a short walk away from downtown Wahkon. Winter road access and summer boat launch. Check out www.beachsidemn.com for more information and rates.
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Mike was Awesome! He did everything a fishing guide could do….I will definitely go back up there. Thanks again!!!!
I have fished with Mike several times over the years. We usually catch a ton of fish, and we always have a great time!
Had a great day in the snow fishing walleyes and smallies! Mike is very knowledgeable and giving! Would absolutely recommend him for any trip!
Wonderful day on Mille Lacs with Mike, he’s a total pro! Will recommend to any body looking for great company and great fishing. My son had luck with the walleyes and the hubby snagged some big bass!
Awesome trip yesterday! We were on the fish the whole time and getting photo worthy catches. Very professional, helpfull and fun. You will get more than expected using this Guide Service. Thanks Mike!
We had the pleasure of fishing with Mike today. Drove up from Texas to chase the Minnesota Walleyes. Mike loves what he does and it shows in everything he does. He was prepared for any type of fishing and made adjustments all day to keep us on the fish. This was the first fishing tip for my son and me. We hooked up on 3 different types of fish and made great memories. I will definitely be coming back!
Did a full day trip with Mike. He did what he needed to do to get us in the fish. Had a bit of a tough bite to start, but he dialed them in and we had a blast.
Amazing Guide! Amazing time! Couldn’t even begin to explain the amazing experiences my wife and I have enjoyed over the last two seasons fishing with Mike! We absolutely love our fall trip every year. Can’t wait until the next trip! We just can’t get enough and are adding a winter trip this season. Let you know how it goes!!