WE ARE PRIVILEGED to have several FISHING GUIDES associated with the resort, just as we have had throughout our history SINCE 1921. A guide will take you in his own boat for a full or a half-day. He will teach you, direct you, accompany you or merely entertain you! All guides are experienced on Teal Lake, and each have individual knowledge on other local waters, and will willingly drive you. Our guides can also prepare a true northwoods "shore lunch" - a cookout either with fish you catch or we supply, or with hamburgers, brats, etc..
The resort guides, for Summer 2014, charge $330/ day, or $225/ half a day when booked through the resort or staying at resort. This covers two people, (most guides charge extra for extra people in boat $50/person), gas, tackle etc. but does not cover live bait or lost baits. You will be expected to pay for the guide's lunch on a full day. Guides are independent contractors and may be tipped, at your discretion. They are not resort staff, do not participate in the service charge and are not under the resort "NO TIPPING" restraint. (A common question is how much is "normal tip," we suggest you use the same percentage used in restaurants... and if there is a good catch or even if the fish were not hungry but the guide worked hard for you... then feel free to show your appreciation. Please keep in mind that all the equipment is their own, so if a pole is lost or broken... please offer to cover the expense.)
Full day or half-day guiding will normally be billed through your resort bill, unless you tell us yourself at the office that the guide has been paid directly. Tipping is not included on the bill except by special arrangements with bigger groups.
If the resort office arranges a guide for you, there is a $10 non-refundable booking fee per guide per day. You are welcome to book the guide directly but if you do, you must inform the office so we expect him/her arriving in the driveway early a certain morning (we are strict on this for the security of our guests and because our boat launch is not public, only for the use of resort guests and guides hired by our resort guests).
MEET OUR PERSONAL HAND-PICKS OF GREAT FISHING GUIDES!
(we know they know Teal!)
CHUCK ROEHL (715)-699-2045 has lived in Hayward Wisconsin all his life and has fished the Hayward Area Lakes since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole. He guides most of the Hayward area lakes including the Chippewa Flowage, Round Lake, Spider Lake Chain, and Sissabagama just to name a few. You will learn simple and effective techniques that really work while exploring new and majestic lakes. http://www.chuckroehlsguideservice.com/
TERRY PETERSON (715)-634-7610 learned this lake well when he lived on Teal and ran Musky Tail resort here for years. He developed the Predator and several other baits for musky, and now has his own bait company. He is a tremendous bass and crappie fisherman too, on this and other lakes. HE ALSO ENJOYS FISHING BASS ON "THE BIG LAKE" – LAKE SUPERIOR. He is now considered one of the best guides in the area.
DAVE BROWN (715)-492-0905 has been a fishing guide for years, back when he was considered one of the "younger guides." Now, as one of the middle age experienced guides, his reputation and skills makes him on Ross' first call list. He is based out of Iron River, but is happy to drive down for 1/2 or full days. He is wonderful with all ages but especially the kids. He knows Teal Lake well but is also happy to take you to another lake.
JOHN MYHRE (715)-462-9402 lives on Moose Lake and is very familiar with the local fishing conditions as they change from week to week throughout the season as he does a local radio program and a local web site. In the winter you will see him at some of the fishing shows. John is willing to guide in the evenings too.
Everyone loves the background and the history. We sometimes have some other younger staff around too, working at the resort and able to guide part-time, coordinating with their resort duties. (Historical note: a young guide at Ross' from the '60's, Mike Dombeck, working his way through college became your head of the U.S. Forest Service, in the ‘90’s and in a prior generation Ernie Swift who went on to found the national wildlife federation. You never know who you might meet!
Other Hayward guides are booking themselves directly, or may be reached through the Guide Association. Their fees range upward from $300. We have phone numbers in the office for you to call.