Gene Miller Guide Service

  • Dillon Sanders
    Participant
    Posts: 86
    #1699065

    Just hired Gene for a Friday morning excursion on the 23rd.

    Anyone ever used his services?

    Thoughts, Comments, Warnings?

    Not going to cancel or anything I like to draw my own opinion first hand but if there are things I could bring to better the trip or look out for I’d like to know now.

    Mike W
    Participant
    MN/Anoka/Ham lake
    Posts: 13048
    #1699118

    ive been out with geme a couple times. would do it again. cheap boat ride with a good chance of hooking a big pike or musky. prepair to be thunder struck.

    Mike W
    Participant
    MN/Anoka/Ham lake
    Posts: 13048
    #1699119

    bring beer and sunscreen. camera.

    sticker
    Participant
    StillwaterMN/Ottertail county
    Posts: 4418
    #1699177

    I never have, but know a few guys that have multiple times. It will be a great trip and you will learn a lot…not all of it about musky fishing though grin

    IceNEyes1986
    Participant
    Harris, MN
    Posts: 1192
    #1699178

    Got a trip booked with him this Saturday!! I’m pretty pumped! yay Its one of the few species I have yet to catch. Hopefully the weather holds and someone in our group gets the chance at a beast!! I’ll be happy with whatever happens. I’ll never complain about drinking beer on a boat. He seems like a fun guy! toast

    Mike W
    Participant
    MN/Anoka/Ham lake
    Posts: 13048
    #1699195

    I hear he is supposed to be taking the Governor out later on this summer. That could be an interesting trip for him.

    sticker
    Participant
    StillwaterMN/Ottertail county
    Posts: 4418
    #1699200

    I hear he is supposed to be taking the Governor out later on this summer. That could be an interesting trip for him.

    Gene or the govenor? I think the govenor is going to learn quite a bit too jester

    Dillon Sanders
    Participant
    Posts: 86
    #1699205

    That’s great to hear guys. Gene sounds like a great guy over the phone. I’m really looking forward to it.

    IceNeyes… Be sure to report back with us after your trip. And post any pix if you hook into a monster!!!

    Mike… I noticed on his FB page that on every video he has Thunderstruck playing in the background. Hilarious. Good thing I like that song. My favorite pic on his FB is this one…

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    Mike W
    Participant
    MN/Anoka/Ham lake
    Posts: 13048
    #1699208

    I missed that photo of his. Cool picture. He owns the liquor store in Malmo and has a number of photos of big pike with ducks they have eaten on the walls there. Wouldnt say trolling for pike and muskies is the most exciting trip Ive been on but it is a good relaxing trip.

    Dillon Sanders
    Participant
    Posts: 86
    #1699216

    Ducks!?!? That’s just insane!!! Oh man… I hope one of us in our group lays into a nice monster… My wife who doesn’t have any experience in this sort of stuff asked me if Gene guaranties fish. I laughed and said the Muskie is the fish of 1000 casts. The odds are greater that we’ll get skunked then catch one. But if we catch one… Looooooook out.

    sticker
    Participant
    StillwaterMN/Ottertail county
    Posts: 4418
    #1699220

    Pics like this? Poor little ringbill

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    Dillon Sanders
    Participant
    Posts: 86
    #1699225

    Wow… that is just crazy!!!

    I remember as a kid we were in Canada at a souvenir shop and it had a lure the size of a small duck and I remember thinking. Nothing would bite that.

    Will Roseberg
    Moderator
    Hanover, MN
    Posts: 2121
    #1699259

    Growing up in Malmo I know Gene well. He’s a little crazy but in the best way possible. You will be entertained from the second you leave the dock and will have a great trip whether you catch a fish or not.

    Last year when the Bassmaster AOY tournament was there he had a couple of the event emcees on his boat while the anglers were on the water and they boated a pike or muskie each time they went live to his boat… Plus it happened to be on his birthday. Pretty cool video that I think he’s got up on his FB page.

    Will

    Walleyestudent Andy Cox
    Participant
    Garrison MN-Mille Lacs
    Posts: 4484
    #1699273

    I took my daughter and son-in-law out with him a couple years ago and yes he is an entertainer. Once you get him going though he can forget some things. I had to let him know a few times that his lines picked up a weed and the bait was skipping across the top while he was story telling. Never know, you might get a muskie but a couple nice northerns kept our outing from coming back in with the “skunk flag” flying. FWIW, last fall I heard he was turning the guiding over to his apprentice although he would still own the guide business. Maybe he changed his mind for this year??

    ski junkie
    Participant
    Grantsburg, Wisc
    Posts: 305
    #1700566

    Dont forget to let us know how it goes.

    IceNEyes1986
    Participant
    Harris, MN
    Posts: 1192
    #1700568

    I was suppose to go Last Saturday but had some stuff come up and couldn’t make it.. My buddy and his family went but only for a short time. They only fished for an hour and half and got rained out. They had one hit but missed it, they think it was a pike. Sorry I can’t tell a more exciting story.. Maybe next time. We are going to try to go again late summer early fall.

    Walleyestudent Andy Cox
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    Garrison MN-Mille Lacs
    Posts: 4484
    #1700571

    I was suppose to go Last Saturday but had some stuff come up and couldn’t make it.. My buddy and his family went but only for a short time. They only fished for an hour and half and got rained out. They had one hit but missed it, they think it was a pike. Sorry I can’t tell a more exciting story.. Maybe next time. We are going to try to go again late summer early fall.

    Ha…looks like you chimed in right at the time I posted too. Anyway, do you know if Gene himself was the guide?

    IceNEyes1986
    Participant
    Harris, MN
    Posts: 1192
    #1700573

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>IceNEyes1986 wrote:</div>
    I was suppose to go Last Saturday but had some stuff come up and couldn’t make it.. My buddy and his family went but only for a short time. They only fished for an hour and half and got rained out. They had one hit but missed it, they think it was a pike. Sorry I can’t tell a more exciting story.. Maybe next time. We are going to try to go again late summer early fall.

    Ha…looks like you chimed in right at the time I posted too. Anyway, do you know if Gene himself was the guide?

    Gene was their Captain with one deck hand.

    Dillon Sanders
    Participant
    Posts: 86
    #1700928

    You cannot go wrong with Gene Miller. This guy is a hoot and can get you in the fish. We were a party of 5 and 4 of us caught some monster pikes. No Muskies but for a group that has never caught a fish longer than 3 feet the pike more that made up for it. We will hire Gene every time we go to Mille Lacs from now on. Great time was had by all.

    Matt is his deck hand and he was great as well since Gene drove and Matt set the rigs and landed the fish. Good team.

    Thanks guys for a great trip.

    Dutchboy
    Participant
    Central Mn.
    Posts: 15507
    #1700931

    They set the rigs & landed the fish? What did you do just write the check and ride around? Not ripping on you just curious.

    Dillon Sanders
    Participant
    Posts: 86
    #1700935

    You show up with rain gear, life jackets and beverages of choice. You use his rods, his lures. Matt rigs them and gets them in the water. You just sit and wait for “fish on!!!” You get up from your seat, take the rod out of the holder and start reeling them in. You get near the boat and Matt lands them in a net. He takes the hook out and holds them up for a quick pic before they go right back into the water. And then your off for your next one. We had two in the boat in the first 30 minutes of our trip.

    We were the morning group. The afternoon group came back with the skunked flag flying which means they caught nothing.

    Cost is $50 per person, minimum of 3 people for 4 hours. You troll two hours north, turn around and troll back. We were staying at Fisher’s Resort. He came and picked up at their dock and we were off.

    It was awesome.

    He’s on facebook. Go to Gene Miller Muskie Trips and check it out.

    Dillon Sanders
    Participant
    Posts: 86
    #1700936

    Oh… and you write the check. LOL…

    Dutchboy
    Participant
    Central Mn.
    Posts: 15507
    #1700941

    OK, got it. It’s just like the great lake charters then. Glad you had fun. waytogo

    Walleyestudent Andy Cox
    Participant
    Garrison MN-Mille Lacs
    Posts: 4484
    #1700952

    More or less like any private guided trip or launch boat outing. They basically rig up your rod, you reel in the fish and they net it and usually unhook it for you as well I’m sure for liability concerns. Actually the Gene Miller outing is a fairly reasonable price when compared to hiring a private guide or even relative to what you get on a launch boat for $35-$40 per person.

    mxskeeter
    Participant
    SW Wisconsin
    Posts: 3572
    #1700958

    More or less like any private guided trip or launch boat outing. They basically rig up your rod, you reel in the fish and they net it and usually unhook it for you as well I’m sure for liability concerns. Actually the Gene Miller outing is a fairly reasonable price when compared to hiring a private guide or even relative to what you get on a launch boat for $35-$40 per person.

    Not to hijack your thread but what do people think a reasonable price is for an 8 hour guide trip for 2 guys walleye fishing.

    Inland waters ? $$$
    Great Lakes ? $$$

    Dutchboy
    Participant
    Central Mn.
    Posts: 15507
    #1700962

    I think a lot depends on if the guide is a full time guide or a guy looking to get his fishing paid for.

    If a guy only books weekend or after work trips I would guess $20 to $30 a hour.

    If the guy is full time and feeding his family and goes when the client wants to go i’m good up to $50 a hour.

    BTW, if I hire a guide I’m reeling in and fighting my own fish. There is a huge difference between a guided trip with 1 or 2 guys and a pontoon or charter boat full of people where they won’t take the boat out of gear for fear of tangling and needing to reset lines.

    Walleyestudent Andy Cox
    Participant
    Garrison MN-Mille Lacs
    Posts: 4484
    #1701059

    Not to hijack your thread but what do people think a reasonable price is for an 8 hour guide trip for 2 guys walleye fishing.

    Inland waters ? $$$
    Great Lakes ? $$$

    Here are sample rates from notable Minnesota guides for inland waters. Didn’t get a chance to look up Great Lakes, although they typically target trout and salmon.

    Tony Roach- Mille Lacs
    Premiere Package
    Full Day (8 Hours) 1 to 2 Clients
    Rate: $400.00
    * Additional Client: $50.00
    Super Half Day Package
    Super Half (6 Hours) 1 to 2 Clients
    Rate: $350.00
    * Additional Client: $50.00
    Half Day Package
    Half Day (4 Hours) 1 to 2 Clients
    Rate: $300.00
    * Additional Client: $50.00
    All packages include:
    Rods/Tackle
    Bait
    Fish cleaning/Packaging

    Tom Neustrom- Grand Rapids area
    2017 Guided Fishing Trip Rates
    Number of Anglers
    Full Day Trip (8 hrs)
    Half Day Trip (5hrs)
    1-2 People
    $420
    $380
    3 People
    $500
    $440
    Tag Boats
    $100 per boat
    Deposit: A $200 deposit ($200 per boat for group trips) is required to hold your reservation for a guided fishing trip with Tom.

    Tim Chapman- Mille Lacs
    4 Hour Rate
    2 People
    $225
    3 People – $255
    6 Hour Rate
    2 People
    $295
    3 People – $335
    8 Hour Rate
    2 People
    $360
    3 People – $410

    Dutchboy
    Participant
    Central Mn.
    Posts: 15507
    #1701060

    Guides i’ve used and talked to also charge for gas & bait on top of the rate.

    Walleyestudent Andy Cox
    Participant
    Garrison MN-Mille Lacs
    Posts: 4484
    #1701064

    Guides i’ve used and talked to also charge for gas & bait on top of the rate.

    Argh…? Which one’s? I have been out with many guides over the course of my lifetime and have never been charged for gas or bait above and beyond the rate. Tipping however is something I’ve always done, typically 20% if they gave good service and effort.

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