Professional Guides - Lake Winnibigoshish and Beyond - Meet Charlie Worrath

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The best rated & most experienced fishing guides on Lake Winnibigoshish and beyond

Grand Rapids, Deer River and surrounding areas

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Pro Guide Charlie Worrath Will Put You On The Fish

Phone: (218) 246-2159   ||   Email: 

Grand Rapids, Deer River and surrounding areas

Charlie’s Gone Fishing Guide Service has been in existence since 1991. However, Charlie Worrath has spent his entire lifetime living and fishing in this area. He would love nothing more than to guide you or your group on a full-day or half-day trip to one of Northern Minnesota’s premier fisheries.

There are more than 1,400 lakes inside Itasca County, including the Deer River and Grand Rapids areas.  Charlie works with small and large groups and can accommodate one to three guests in one boat, family groups and friends requiring three to five boats, or large company trips with a 10-to-15-boat group. No matter who you bring along you can be certain that a day on the lake with Charlie will result in a limit of fish and a memorable experience!

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If you have a lake you would like to fish, Charlie will be happy to show you how to fish it successfully. Otherwise you can rely on his knowledge of current fishing activity and let Charlie take you to where the fish are biting. No matter what area water you fish or what species you seek - you can be sure that you will catch fish. Charlie’s expertise extends to walleye, northern pike, crappie, jumbo perch and bass. Clients of Charlie’s Gone Fishing Guide Service can expect to learn about the area and techniques used for catching your favorite species of fish, all while enjoying the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of the northwoods.

Don't miss out on having Charlie fix his famous shorelunch for you during your trip. Charlie is happy to prepare the day’s catch over an open fire on the shores of a pristine Minnesota lake. You’ve never tasted anything as delicious as fried fish prepared with his Fish and Game Batter.

Your guided fishing trip will be in the comfort of Charlie’s 18.5 ft. Alumacraft Tournament Pro boat. He provides bait, life jackets, tackle, the use of the latest electronic fishing equipment and gas. Rods and reels can be provided as well. You can meet Charlie at the lake or he can arrange transportation to and from a central location. At the end of your fishing experience he will clean your catch and provide licensed packaging services for easy transportation of your fish fillets. Just bring your valid MN fishing license, rain/cold weather gear, lunch and beverage of your choice. Please consider consumption of alcohol in moderation.

Charlie's Testimonials

Charlie Worrath clients with a cooler full of crappie
Charlie's clients with a
cooler full of crappie

Subject: Crappie Cooler Extravaganza
We wanted to express to you how much fun we had fishing with you and eating your special shore supper. My wife especially enjoyed catching so many more Crappies than all of us, (it's going to be a long winter listening to her fish stories). My brother in-law, took so many pictures we thought you would like to add this one to your collection of happy customers. The shore supper was fantastic, we ate all the fish, potatoes and beans. Sorry you had to witness us licking the plates. It must have been that C&J fish batter. Oh and if you need any references regarding where to find and how to catch Sunfish/Bluegill we would be pleased to recommend you as the expert..... See you next year,
Marcia, John & Gary September 18, 2016

Charlie Worath client with walleye
Charlie Worrath client

Sir Charles (Limited)
Well just when we thought last years fishing was the best. You out did it again. (Limited) in Walleye, (Limited) in Crappies in 1 hour all in one day. WOW. Second day (limited) Northern, and you cooked the best shore lunch. Your fish batter and your potato's and onions.... Yummmm.To top it all of 1/2 day (limited) on Bluegills. Thanks Sir Charles the Limited. See you next year

Thanks again for the great day of fishing on Red Lake. Everyone I tell about it can't believe it. Also, thanks for the fishing gear. I hope I get to count 160 walleyes again sometime in the future with my counter! I did make Ernie and Mike frustrated again as later in the week I caught a 25 inch walleye! The biggest of our trip. Hope you have a very successful remainder of the fishing season. Hope to see you again next spring.
Steve D. June 20, 2014

Professional Fishing guide Charlie Worrath of Charlie's Gone Fishing and happy walleye fishermen
Succesful walleye trip

Uncle Wayne (Glen Peterson) Charlie, Fred & Tim after a super day on the lake. Thank you Charlie. We are looking forward to tomorrow. Thanks also to Danielle & Steve at Lakewood Lodge on Sand Lake for your hospitality.
Best regards,
Fred Erickson

Sir Charles:
Marcia and I wanted to let you know what a great time fishing we had with you today. All three of us catching a fish at the same time was very exciting and a first for us. Your shore supper was fantastic, you cook the best fish and your potato's were excellent. We look forward to next years trip as it will mark the 15th year we have been fishing on Winnie.
Gary & Marcia, Mount Pleasant, WI
September 4th, 2012

Charlie & Terri,
Thanks so much for your help with the fish fry at St Augustin's Church. The fish fry is now one of our main fund raisers and the monies collected are greatly appreciated. The MN Fishing Pros add a special "flair" to the evening and create an authenic feel to the Shore Lunch. We couldn't do it without your help!!!
Thanks again,
Parish Council, Mary Jones, Secretary

Doug Youngdahl and I would like to book you for another day of "expertly guided fishing". We would like to do it on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Last August you showed us the best crappie fishing either of us has ever had. We would like to repeat that experience on 6 Mile Lake and then go over to "Winnie" and get a limit of walleyes. Doug and I would expect nothing less than this from Minnesota's best fishing guide. l Last year we met for breakfast at the Big Winnie cafe in Bena. Let's do it again this year. Please respond with your availability and rates.
Don Bogdanovich

You took me, Sam M. and Neil A. out on the 11th, 2009. Just wanted to thank you againfor the guidance and instruction. You can help the three of us catch our limit of crappie and walleye, you can do just about anything! Thanks for a great time and a full freezer.
Yours, Carson B.

Just wanted to thank you for the fishing trip. B. and I had a great time and the shore lunch was the best meal I've had in ages. We did buy a couple packages of your fish batter, we are looking forward to a couple of walleye dinners here at home. Again thank you for everything.
B. and G.

I wanted to thank you for a great day on the lakes. I completely enjoyed myself and feel less stressed going into my Monday. :o) I hope J. and I can work it out that we are back in October. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and it was great meeting you!

Your group did an excellent job. All our folks were satisfied with the fishing and the social aspect. Great Job!

Instructional videos from Charlie Worrath

How to Fillet a Walleye and Remove the Y-Bone

MN Pro Fishing Guide Charlie Worrath talks about Ball Club in Morthern Minneosta

Gone Fishing at Lake Winnibigoshish -
Lakeland News Sports - July 29, 2011

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2019 Guided Fishing Trip Rates

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Number of Anglers Full Day Trip
8am - 4pm
Half Day Trip
8am - 12noon
1 - 2 people $420 $340
3 people $500 $400
Tag Boats $150 per boat
Shore Lunch or Shore Dinner $35 per boat

Fish cleaning and packaging at the end of your guided trip is included in the trip price.

Rates for a full day or half day guided fishing trip are reasonable and include bait, fish cleaning and packaging services as well as use of pro's boat, fuel, fishing equipment and safety gear. Clients need only bring their valid Minnesota fishing license, rain and/or cold weather gear and food & beverage.

Fishing trips may end sooner if the limit of fish is caught. A $100 deposit ($100 per boat for group trips) is required to hold your reservation for a guided fishing trip with a MN Fishing Pro. Please send check or money order to the guide with whom you have booked your trip. The date of your full or half day fishing trip is not guaranteed until your deposit is received.

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Charlie Worrath with northern pike

Guide Information

Charlie Worrath
Charlie’s Gone Fishing Guide Service
35653 Johnson Rd.
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 246-2159

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Watercraft Used: 18.9' Alumacraft 185 Competitor, powered by a 90 HP Yamaha motor using AMSOIL Marine Products.

Professional Guide Since: 1991

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Pickled Fish
2 Qts.- White Vinegar
2 Cups- Canning Salt

Let Soak in Fridge for 5 days
Stir the fish every day
On the 6th day rinse well twice and let stand in cold water

4 cups- White Vinegar
4 cups- White Wine (any kind)
2 cups- Water
4 cups- Sugar
4 tablespoons- Pickling Spices

Bring to a boil, then let it cool. Put onions and fish in jar mixed up. Pour brine over the fish. Let sit in fridge for 7 days.

Click here to print this recipe

P.S.  My wife Terri sells 100% organic wild rice at Terri is ready to answer questions and fill your order. You can also purchase my Fish and Game Batter or Fishing Fever Fish Batter there.

Moose Lake Wild Rice Co. C-N-J Savory Fish Batter
Charlie Worrath with Crappie

Fishing 411

2019 Fishing Opener Dates

Walleye & Northern Pike - May 11, 2019
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass - May 11, 2019
Muskie - June 1, 2019

2019 Fishing Regulations

2019 Fishing Regulations

MN DNR Fishing Regulation Handbook for 2019

Purchase your MN fishing license online

Charlie Worrath on Jason Mitchell Outdoors talking early season walleyes

Jason Mitchell Outdoors host Jason Mitchell with MN Fishing Pro Guide Charlie Worrath and early season walleye

Charlie Worrath talks early season walleye for the television program Jason Mitchell Outdoors on Lake Winnibigoshish in northern Minnesota. (watch the video)

Jason Boser appears with Jason Mitchell on Jason Mitchell Outdoors

Jason Mitchell Outdoors host Jason Mitchell with MN FIshing Pro Guide Jason Boser and a Lake Winnibigoshish walleye
(l - r) Jason Boser and Jason Mitchell pose with a Lake Winnie walleye

Jason Boser appearing on an episode for the television program Jason Mitchell Outdoors on Lake Winnibigoshish in northern Minnesota. (watch the video)

Fishing Pros - The Perennial Plate Episode 18
MN Fishing Pros Jason Boser and Bill Broberg take The Perennial Plate walleye fishing on Lake Winnibigoshish in Minnesota.

Listen for Charlie and Jason on "Fishin' Paul Bunyan Country" on Continuous Country KB 101 in Bemidji at 12:30 and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday beginning May 2 and continuing throughout the fishing season.
Charlie Worrath - May Fishing on Lake Winnie- click for audio
Jason Boser - Why Do You Fish?- click for audio

Minnesota Fishing Vacations:

We can help you plan a memorable Minnesota Fishing Vacation with a professionally-guided fishing trip on any of the hundreds of lakes in Northcentral Minnesota, including Lake Winnie.

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Moose Lake Wild Rice Co. C-N-J Savory Fish Batter Charlie Worrath with Crappie
Moose Lake Wild

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