The guide service will not include the tribal waters of Red Lake, but the smaller lakes have plenty of fish to offer. Anglers can pull lake and rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegills, slab crappies, walleyes and pike.
“There’s a whole bunch of different lakes, and they’re all over the place,” Al Pemberton, director of the Red Lake Department of Natural Resources, told the Pioneer. “They’re all pretty unique, and not a lot of people fish them.”
Darwin Sumner, outfitters manager at Seven Clans Casino, told the Pioneer that nontribal anglers have been able to buy licenses to fish the small lakes within the reservation in the past, providing they fished with a Red Lake band member, but this is the first time package trips have been available. The plan is that the casino will hire two guides to start with, and, depending upon how many people are interested, will grow the business accordingly.
“Our lakes are so unpressured,” Sumner told the Pioneer. “If people want to catch fish of any species, this is the place to come. That’s what I’ve been promoting it as — you can jump from 17 to 27 lakes within a matter of 20 minutes depending on the species you want to target.”