First time fishing or in a boat? No problem! I have everything needed for a day of fun and fishing. All you will need to bring with is your lunch/snacks, something to drink and a Minnesota fishing license (available at many bait shops, gas stations or online). Yes it is that easy, just show up and go fishing.
Experienced or seasoned angler? Learn unique trolling methods and creative shallow casting tactics I utilize on ultra shallow Upper Red Lake. Leadcore on micro baits, downrigged spoons, fly-by casting pike, foul plug trolling, planer spreads and much more. Troll, cast, bobber or jig fish, your choice!
Maybe pike or bass on a fly rod instead of traditional spinning gear?
I welcome the warm water fly angler, as I
am one myself. Use my fly rods and tackle or
bring your own. I will take you to some
of my favorite pike and bass fly fishing hot
spots. Be prepared for both deck casting from
the boat and/or wade fishing knee to-waist
deep weed edges and slow flowages.
From my speciality, Upper Red Lake walleye and pike to
fast paced panfish for the kids on smaller lakes, or the
methodical swinging of a fly, I have your trip covered.
No matter if you have never fished before or if you are a
seasoned angler looking for that trophy or a few new tricks.
I always have a option or plan for whatever your goal or
personal level of experience may be.
Some of the options for a day on the water are-
- Fish the famed walleye on Upper Red Lake
- Hunt down the infamous super-sized Upper Red Lake pike
- Take the kids out for bobber panfish closer to Bemidji/Blackduck
- Fish for smallmouth bass off the rocks on deeper clear water lakes.
- Flip, pitch and toss baits in the heavy weeds and pads for largemouth bass
- Fly fish for large pike, smallmouth or largemouth bass (Fly anglers limited to two anglers per trip)
Full day (8 hours) total fee for 2 anglers - $320
Add a third angler - $40
(Up to 2 children under 12 fish free with adults)
$100 deposit and credit card required to reserve fishing dates.
Reserve below online, call or email to schedule.
MAY 2018 is already booked full a year in advance!
June-September openings are filling in fast.
Select early season panfish days on Upper Red Lake from ice out to April 24th.
Back up plans for Upper Red Lake trips.
As a high wind / high seas back-up plan for Upper Red Lake trips I am allowing rescheduling as my schedule allows or we may travel to nearby lakes or rivers. These waters offer trophy class walleye or bass fishing if Upper Red Lake becomes unfishable due to inclement weather.
ALWAYS clean guide boat!
You will never find a mess or disorganization in my guide boat. The Alaskan is pulled in every night, cleaned and prepped for the next day. Cleanliness, safety and organization is not an option but a standard at Outdoors with Jonny P.
Why the Alaskan and not a high speed glitter and carpet boat? The Alaskan is a twenty foot monster of a boat. With the Alaskan’s versatility, durability, big water capabilities and sheer size make it a great guide boat. No we do not go 60mph and no we do sparkle or have "bling", but we can go places many boats can not and we can maneuver over fish like a tiny kayak. You will not find another boat offering as much personal space for each individual client as the Alaskan. I have had 500lb men and wheelchairs onboard, and even hauled a second boat load of rescued boaters back to shore, all safely with room to spare.
Some of the onboard features waiting for you are:
- Four person upgraded seating with large Pro Ride wetland seats
- Large live-well for those big limits
- Mercury four stroke motor with Smartcraft Troll Down technology
- New Minnkota iPilot bow trolling motor
- MinnKota Vector stern trolling motor
- Networked twin SI Humminbird Side Imaging Sonar®
- Lakemaster HD mapping software
- Captian with decades of big water experience and a spotless safety record.
Open Water Fishing Adventures
See below for frequently asked questions
Jonny's 5 simple boat rules
1) NO Pets, no exceptions.
2) NO spray sunblock or spray bug repellant, bring lotion type or use Jonny's.
3) NO dirty work boots or aggressive tread. Non marking shoes or sandals are best.
4) NO intoxicated anglers. Other outfits offer group charters & booze cruises.
5) NO bending, pushing, testing, teasing, fudging or breaking game laws.
Frequently asked questions
What do I need for an open water fishing trip?
- A valid Minnesota fishing license
- Personal Rain Gear if you prefer. The spare rain gear onboard never fits correctly and takes ugly to a new level.
- Snacks and drinks (YETI cooler with ice onboard for your use)
- Any emergency medication including insect sting kits
- Polarized sunglasses for sight fishing (also for safety when pike fishing)
- DO NOT BRING- Pets of any kind. Dirty or heavy lugged work boots with grease, oil, diesel, concrete mud, sheetrock dust or manure on them. Spray type insect repellant or sunblock. Sunblock and insect repellent offered onboard.
What about cleaning fish and fillets?
When fishing Upper Red Lake I will clean and package your fish for you, or have a licensed meat packer clean them at Westwinds Resort. You can also have Westwinds Resort prepare a full meal for you with your freshly caught walleye! Often times I can be talked out of my daily limit of walleye for the dinner effort and you can keep your fillets for later.
Other smaller remote lakes I will tailgate clean your fish.(Gutted or filleted and rinsed with jug water)
I do ask that we practice catch and release when catching:
- Large and Smallmouth Bass
- Majority of the panfish (keep enough for a meal and release the rest for the future)
- Sturgeon(catch release only by law)
For those that wish to bring their own equipment:
Plan on a mix of deck casting from the Alaskan and wading while stripping streamers in calm warm water. Waist worn tending baskets are a huge plus in the boat and if we have a touch of surf going on while wading. Bring your waders or wet pants with! Often times conditions will allow us to get out of the boat and stalk the flowages into the heavy reed edges. Knee to waist deep water is the norm over a hard sand bottom.
Good flies to bring for pike/musky are any streamers, deceivers, leeches, pike bunnies, poppers, wooly boogers, Dahlberg divers and of course frog/mice imitations. All flies should be super sized and wild colors work wonders for pike on Red Lake. Monster sized flies are cool and fun to tie but not needed. A 3-6 inch fly works best for pike and musky. Clousers and a few of the deeper flies have produced some dandy walleye on the fly also...yes I said walleye on the fly.
For bass go with the same collection as pike only smaller colored in more natural patterns along with a handful of crayfish imitators.