Meet Our Brainerd Area Fishing Guides
We have a group of fishing guides that work with us that you will love to spend some time with on the water! As you know, we all have different personalities but that’s what is fun about life. If you hire one or more of our guides, you will not only find good people that know fishing but you will find a character or two and some extremely talented people in many different ways. Hunters, carpenters, state troopers, factory workers, dads, grandpa’s, great grandpa’s, maybe a teacher, professional joke tellers(not me), athletes and many other talents make-up the all around people that you may share a boat with when you hire one of our guides! Just ask them :)!! And don’t be scared if your guide is the state trooper.
As far as the fishing, we all have our favorite species but the bottom line is that we all just like to see people catch fish. The multi-species fishing that we have here in the lakes area is second to none! Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, pike, perch, walleye and musky are just some of the species that you may encounter while on a trip with us.
Dan Eigen (Walleyedan)
I have been guiding since 1989. No I am not 80, I am 46 years old as of today. I still enjoy guiding, but my time doing guided trips is getting more and more limited because of the television show and commitments that I have with other sponsors. I will still guide when I am in town, but it is so nice to have an awesome wife to book all of the trips and such awesome guides that are dependable and professional to fill our many trips throughout the open water and ice seasons.
Bruce is a multi-species fishing machine. He has been guiding since 2000 but has been fishing his whole life. Bruce fished tournaments for 17 years and learned many tricks of the trade during that time. A day on the water with Bruce will be a learning experience and you will also get some good laughs. Bruce has been an ambassador for Berkley from 1973 to the present. Bruce is a married man and his wife Nancy is a gem! They have grown children and numerous grandchildren, so yes he can handle kids in the boat!
Nick is an avid outdoorsman and full time fishing guide/promoter with Walleyedan’s Guide Service. His love of being on the water is a result of growing up around it. He grew up fishing the Brainerd Lakes Area, and currently resides there. He thoroughly enjoys all his time on the water, chasing all species of fish but has a love for walleyes. He has a strong passion for all things fishing and the fishing industry. Nick is currently promotional partners with Larson Boats, Miltimore Motor Company, Mercury Marine, and an ambassador for Pure Fishing Inc. His favorite lake is Gull Lake, but he consistently fishes many other area lakes. Nick practices a variety of techniques to keep putting fish in the boat throughout the season. Whether it’s the fish of a lifetime or a limit of eaters his dedication ensures you of a quality trip and a memory to last.
Dustin can smell where the fish are! He grew up on the banks of the Gull River, developing a love of the outdoors and fishing at an early age, with Gull Lake blocks from his home. From there he branched out to fishing as many of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s lakes as he could, including Gull, Round, North Long, Hubert, Pelican, the Whitefish Chain and even the Mississippi River. His targets include Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Northern, Crappie and, of course, Walleye! Dustin belongs to several fishing leagues and has won numerous awards over the years. A day on the water with Dustin will bring home many happy memories, and, of course, FISH!
Jon grew up fishing and hunting in the Brainerd Lakes Area with his dad and longtime family friend, Bob Domin. He has been guiding customers for over 20 years and has also fished in several walleye, crappie, and muskie tournaments.
Jon lives in the Brainerd Lakes Area with his wife, Anna and children, Hunter, Chase, and Isabel. When he isn’t on the water or in the woods, Jon is very involved coaching his kid’s basketball and baseball teams.
Jeff is 44 years old and grew up and lives in the Brainerd Lakes area. He’s been guiding for 17 years.
He is the current president of Northern’s Inc. and past president of Muskies Inc. A true outdoor guy, his hobbies are all sports, all hunting and all fishing. Jeff loves chasing trophy fish and taking kids fishing.
Only an extraordinary person would purposely risk being outsmarted by a creature often less than twelve inches long, over and over again.
~ Janna Bialek