Fishing the scenic St. Croix River, Mississippi River, Twin Cities Metro Area, and Lake Mille Lacs


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Josh is a multi-species guide, and is happy to run trips for walleye, pike & bass as well.  __________________________________________________________________________________


Photo by Nathan Kirkman

Did you miss the June 2014 issue of Field & Stream?

Field & Stream asked Josh to keep a journal documenting the ups and downs of the 2013 guiding season. This article reflects the editors' favorite excerpts.

At the magazine's request, Josh also submitted a list of the 5 Best Muskie Fishing Lures. This was no easy task, but he did hone in on some of his absolute favorites. Click the link above to read about the lures he recommended, and also feel free to browse our great selection of musky tackle (including many custom baits) online at


Josh is a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Licensed Captain and has guided professionally for nearly 20 years. While his first love is musky fishing (he caught the current Minnesota State Record Tiger Musky in 1999), he also enjoys guiding for walleye, bass and northern pike.

If you’ve seen Josh on "The Hunt For Big Fish" starring Larry Dahlberg, you’ve had a glimpse of the enthusiasm and impressive results that Josh is known for (like landing several giant muskies on Larry's show)! He is also a published writer and engaging seminar speaker.

In 2004 Josh purchased Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle in Oakdale, Minnesota and shaped it into a "home away from home" for all anglers. If he’s not on the water, he’s probably at the store, helping customers find the most effective tackle for their next fishing trip. Otherwise, he’s likely spending time with his daughters, Anabelle and Emma, and his wife, Laura.

Feel free to browse the website to get to know more About Josh. To preview where you’re likely to fish on your guide trip, check out the Home Waters tab. If you’d like to purchase some great tackle, including specialty items that can’t be found anywhere else, click Shop for Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle’s on-line selection. Maybe you’ve got that nagging question on your mind, “Did this guy really start guiding when he was 16?” If so, I’d recommend you pour yourself some coffee and browse his photo Gallery. You’ll see how Josh grew up...on the water, with fish on the line!

Josh's passion for life and fishing will be obvious the moment you meet him, and he’s looking forward to meeting you!