A Day on the Water with Bloemendaal Guide Service
Our family has enjoyed a life-long passion of fishing, and we want nothing more than to show you the same excitement we enjoy out on the water catching fish and making memories. We recognize that people hire guides for much more than "getting their limit," they want to enjoy their time, learn new bodies of water, learn new techniques, or maybe even catch their very first fish. Weather doesn't always cooperate, and neither do the fish, but we intend to do our best to make your trip a worthwhile experience whether the bite is finicky or it's one of those days where you just can't keep 'em off your line!
Where We Fish
We have a lot of collective experience in the Midwest area, but much of our time has been spent on the Missouri River system reservoirs from Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota down to Lake Oahe near Pierre, South Dakota, and as far south as Lake Francis Case near Chamberlain and Platte, South Dakota. We have also been spending a lot of time the last few years at Devils Lake, North Dakota. We want to go where the bite is good and/or the place you have your heart set on trying. That said, we plan to spend most of our time this year on Lake Sakakawea and some at Devils Lake.
Please feel free to contact us or visit the Locations page for recommendations on where to stay in the area you prefer to fish. We can find you something close to minimize travel and pick-up time on our way to the boat ramp.
What to Bring
You don't have to bring any fishing gear but are more than welcome if you prefer using your favorite rod and reel and/or tackle. Otherwise we provide life jackets and everything else you need to catch fish in a variety of ways including trolling spinners and crankbaits, jigging or jigging raps, casting, or...should things be slow...possibly slip bobbers. Here's what you must have, though:
The applicable state fishing license for the body of water we fish (get that ahead of time as we won't have time to get one on the way to the water)
Plenty of clothing (you can always remove layers) including rain gear (because water is wet and sometimes we don't always stay dry while moving spot to spot)
Sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray (not always a must but sometimes you'll wish)
Any food you plan to eat and/or drink during the day along with your own cooler
A cooler for fish if you intend to bring some home with you
One rule...please leave the alcohol on shore for afterwards. Safety is always priority #1, and our liability greatly increases when folks are under the influence out on the water.
The Day's Schedule
Assuming no weather issues, we can start as early or late as you'd like but prefer to be on the water around 8:00 AM. We will fish for 7-8 hours and then come into shore and clean any fish you intend to take along with you. We can pick you up at the location of your lodging, meet you at a boat launch, or even join you for breakfast if you want the full experience of talking fish stories and planning out the day!
Booking & Cancellation
Booking for dates is on a first come, first serve basis. We require a $100 deposit by check or Venmo to make a reservation (non-refundable within 72 hours of your first fishing day) with the balance due onsite in either cash, check, or Venmo. If the guide cancels due to bad weather, however, all deposits will be refunded.
You'll be riding in a 19-foot Lund Crossover, plenty of room to support four passengers plus the guide. We are equipped with a 150 HP Mercury, a 9.9 Pro-kicker, a Minn Kota electric trolling motor, and Hummingbird electronics with GPS, sonar, down-imaging, and side-imaging. We've got the tools to get the job done and make your day perfectly comfortable.