Bass Fishing

The Land O' Lakes area has awesome bass lakes. Prime time bass fishing starts in May and runs through August. The average size is larger than in most areas. Four and five-pound bass are common. 6+ pounders are possible. The weather and time of year will dictate which areas will produce the most action. Being on these waters 5 to 6 days a week helps Mark Haynes Guide Service to consistently put you on the bass, and offer them baits that have been working.

Whether you enjoy buzzing spinnerbaits or top waters over the shallow structure, fishing around docks, or jigging plastics on deep weed points and rock bars, it all works here!

Rates are for a full-day trip per party/group. Includes approximately 8 hours of fishing time.

Full Day Fishing Rates

1 person
2 people
3rd person
Additional $50
Additional $50
Rates include bait, tackle, and cleaning any fish kept

What We Provide

  • All the tackle and equipment needed
  • Rods and reels are top of the line equipment and are always being updated to ensure a problem-free day of fishing
  • Lund 1875 Pro Guide tiller deep-V boat powered by a 90 hp Mercury outboard
  • All safety gear including personal flotation devices
  • A cooler stocked with ice and bottled spring water

What To Bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing, dress in layers
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Snacks/food/beverages if desired
  • If you have a favorite rod & reel you are welcome to bring it along

We request you get in touch with us the day before your day on the water so we can discuss start time, pick-up location, and whether you will need a Wisconsin or Michigan fishing license. You can pack a lunch or we can come off the water for lunch at an area establishment.

Our Fishing Territory

Lakes Fished

  • Big Portage Lake
  • Black Oak Lake
  • Bond Lake
  • Cisco Chain of Lakes
  • Forest Lake
  • Lake Gogebic
  • Lac Vieux Desert
  • Long Lake
  • North & South Twin Lakes
  • Palmer Lake
  • Pomeroy Lake
  • Tenderfoot Lake
  • And other area lakes...always exploring other fishing holes

We have years of experience in providing our guests with fishing trips and adventures in Vilas County, Wisconsin, and Gogebic County, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Most lakes have restroom facilities maintained by the local municipalities or National Forest Service.

Fisherman with rod, spinning reel on the river bank. Sunrise. Fishing for pike, perch, carp. Fog against the backdrop of lake. background Misty morning. wild nature. The concept of a rural getaway.

Our Equipment

We Use Top-of-the-Line Fishing Reels & Rods and Fishing Equipment

Testimonials & Reviews


Mark is an amazing guide. He was incredibly patient with a novice and I learned so much about fishing. His boat is beautiful. I caught my first Musky! Very exciting.

Lenore J.

We had a great time with Mark! Great insight and learned a few new things while out on the boat. Was very friendly and we would definitely recommend him if you’re looking for a knowledgeable guide in the Eagle River/Land O Lakes area!

Catherine H.

A fun day ice fishing. Thank you Mark for a great trip. You guys took great care of us. We look forward to fishing with you again.

Tyler S.

Had another great day on the ice with Mark and Ramsey. Thanks for putting us on the fish and taking good care of us!

Tim M.

Mark has been guiding for me and my family for many years.  Let me just say, Mark knows how and where to catch fish...walleye, northern, bass, name it, he knows how to guide us into them.  He’s great.  Even better, he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.  Keeps a clean boat and knows how to teach the novice and experienced angler how to feel for that nibble on the end of the line. Next time you’re in the area and want to catch some fish, I’d suggest you call Mark.

Steve B.

“Uncle Mark” has been my family’s annual fishing guide since 2012.  Mark is patient, informative and wants to get you fish!  I would highly recommend Mark for novice fishermen, fisherwomen and kids, as he gives helpful instruction and tips, but not in an overwhelming way.  Mark might seem shy, but he’s got some witty one-liners that will crack you up.  He’s comfortable with periods of quiet time; perfect for my uncle’s occasional boat snooze, and joins in with classic fishing stories, when applicable.  My cousins and I might make him blush at times with our stories and shenanigans, but he now knows to expect them.  We always have a blast and love filling up the stringer with walleye.  Being out on the water with Mark is always a highlight for my family each year.  Can’t wait to keep a tight line with him this fall!

Liz S.

Mark is a soft-spoken, no pressure type of guy.  You feel comfortable with his guidance and he puts you on fish.  No question: as many guides as I have used over the years, Mark provides the best experience.

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