Our clients often ask one of these frequently asked questions (FAQ). If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please feel free to call (612-770-0495) or e-mail (Dave@SunsetGlowGuideService.com) and we will contact you with an answer.
In Florida, our guides provide services in the southern portion of the state. Specifically we target Naples (Golden Gate area), Lake Trafford, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area (including I-75 (Alligator Alley), Hwy 41 (Tamiami Trail), and Everglades Holiday Park), and southeastern Florida including Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Homestead, etc.
In Minnesota, our guides provide services “up north” on Lake Vermilion, Lake of the Woods, Shagawa Lake, and Lake Winnibigoshish. We also service the Twin Cities area including Lake Minnetonka, Green Lake, Forest Lake, Medicine Lake, Upper St. Croix River, and more.
In Wisconsin, our guides provide services in the western portion of the state including Wapogasset Lake, Balsam Lake, Upper St. Croix River, and more.
All of it!
It usually depends on where you are staying on the lake. We have fished the south shore of Big Traverse Bay, the islands around Garden Island and Oak Island, as far north as Big Narrows, and as far east as Rubber Island.
This depends on your arrangements made at time of booking, the daily fishing location, and fish behavior. Typically our guides will target walleye, largemouth/smallmouth bass, northern pike, musky, crappie, perch, or sunfish in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In Florida, we target peacock bass, jaguar guapote, mayan cichlid, oscar, largemouth bass, crappie/speckled perch, chain pickerel, sunfish, or warmouth. Our guides work hard to locate your desired fish species. For information about each of the species, including where we target them, visit the Fish Species page.
We have several options for handling bathroom breaks depending on the fishing location and the client’s comfort level. For an in-boat bathroom break, clients can use a portable toilet/urinal (i.e., Luggable Loo) provided by the fishing guide or disperse over the side of the boat. For a shoreline bathroom break, clients can use a wilderness-style latrine at a shore lunch site, a porta-potty at public boat access, or a restroom at a park, restaurant, resort, etc. Usually, we are within a 5-10 minute boat ride to the nearest toilet seat depending on service area.
Please bring the following with you for your guided fishing trip.
– Current fishing license for the state in which you are fishing
– Lunch / beverage
– Rain gear / weather appropriate clothing
– Bug spray
– Medications if you need to take them during the day
All of our guides are insured and provide the following for your guided fishing trip.
– All fishing gear including rods, reels, lures, tackle, etc.
– Well maintained boat, motor, and equipment
– Flexible pickup location
– Flexible scheduling
– Life jackets for children/adults
– Extra bottled water for anglers
– Fish cleaning
No. We usually carry a spare rain poncho, but it’s not guaranteed. We always recommend that you bring your own rain gear.
Yes, our guides will provide life jackets for all anglers. If your trip includes youth and you have a life jacket that fits him/her well, then please bring that life jacket along on your trip.
If you are staying on the water that was selected for your fishing trip, then we pick you up directly at your dock. Often this is your specified dock at a resort. If you aren’t staying on the water, then a meeting place will be pre-arranged and noted in your trip confirmation email.
Yes. You can keep fish based on the regulations for the state and body of water that you are fishing with your guide. All of our guides are experts at cleaning fish and will provide you with boneless fillets.
Most of our guide boats can accommodate 3 anglers plus the guide. Some of our boats can handle 4 anglers plus the guide. If your group exceeds 3 or 4 anglers, we can arrange for multiple guide boats with sufficient notice.
Yes. You can purchase an appropriate license at a local sport shop or online at the DNR’s website.
Buy your Florida fishing license online
Buy your Minnesota fishing license online
Buy your Wisconsin fishing license online
Rain: our guides typically fish in the rain. If it’s a major downpour for a short period of time, we will take a break during your trip and then resume when the weather permits. If it’s a major downpour all day, then we will try to reschedule your trip pending guide availability.
Lightning: our guides never fish when lightning is visible. If we see lightning while fishing, we will immediately stop fishing and seek cover.
High Wind: our guides typically fish in the wind. If the wind is forecasted to be 20+ mph, we will communicate with the client and determine their desire for fishing that day. We typically try to reschedule your trip pending guide availability.
Snow: our guides typically fish in the snow.
Fog: our guides will evaluate the level of fog and determine if it’s safe to navigate. If it’s unsafe, then we will delay your trip until the fog lifts.
Yes, we require a deposit of $100 per trip. Deposit must be received within 15 days of booking your guide trip to hold your reservation. Deposits are refundable if more than 21 days cancellation notice is provided. If less than 21 days, we will work with you to reschedule the trip for the same calendar year and will re-apply your deposit to the new date. If we need to cancel your trip due to weather or emergency, then 100% of the deposit will be refunded.
We accept cash, check, credit card, or Zelle for final payment. All balances are due upon trip date. Credit card payments used for the final balance will be subject to an additional $15 in fees.
Gratuities are never mandatory, but our guides greatly appreciate a tip. They work very hard to provide you with a memorable trip. The normal range is 15 to 20%.
Yes, we have multiple guides that offer fly fishing trips. Our guide Brock Schueck specializes in fly fishing trips for bass, pike, or musky in Minnesota. Captain Dave Schueck provides fly fishing trips for peacock bass and exotics in Florida, as well as multiple species in Minnesota. Brock also ties many of the flies that we use.
Yes, depending on which body of water is selected for guiding. On Lake Vermilion for example, shore lunch is easy to do. See our Shore Lunch page more information.
Yes. Please contact us by phone (612-770-0495) or e-mail (Dave@SunsetGlowGuideService.com) and we will be happy to assist you.
As soon as possible! Seriously, our guides have formed great relationships and have excellent reviews, which results in many bookings well before the fishing season begins. To obtain the dates you’re seeking, it is best to make a reservation in advance. See our Reservation Request page to initiate a booking.