Lake Vermilion Fishing Guides League

FWP Guide Service | Phil Bakken

Phil Bakken

Phil Bakken, FWP Guide Service – fishin’ with phil, has been fishing Lake Vermilion for over 35 years. Phil has been a full time guide on the lake for 18 years. Phil is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Lake Vermilion Guides League, on the guide staff of JT custom rods, Dobyns rods in California and a pure fishing pro-staff angler. Phil runs a 21′ Alumacraft trophy with a 200 E-tec and 9.9hp kicker, with an Altera trolling motor and Lowrance electronics. Phil fishes and guides for walleyes using JT custom,  Dobyn, and some Shimano trolling rods with Shimano Sustain and Stradic reels. Phil is a great guide and enjoys the teaching aspect of guiding the most. Phil won’t guarantee catching fish but is proud to say he has never not caught fish with clients. He loves the look of excitement on clients faces when they catch fish. Outgoing and as friendly as one can be, he is the adopted grandpa of several youngsters throughout Minnesota. Phil, also known as the “walleye whisperer”, says walleyes can be very challenging but he has a relationship with his quarry that accounts for his success.

Phone: 218-780-3385 (cell)