Frequently Asked Questions2024-02-26T08:10:57-06:00

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about Lake Minnetonka fishing and Dan’s guide services that are not answered below, please feel free to call him at 952-220-4954.  He will be happy to answer any questions or just talk about fishing in general!

Do I need to know how to fish?2023-03-29T07:31:38-05:00

No, Dan has been helping people of all ages and skill level learn how to fish.  Dan has completed the Minnesota DNR’s Minn-aqua Leaders Program.  A state program that is designed to help leaders in the fishing industry better understand fish, fish behavior and how to teach these skills to others. If you are a beginner or want to take it to the next level, give Dan a call.

Why fish with Dan?2016-03-31T09:13:25-05:00

Dan is not a booking agent for other guides, plain and simple, you will be fishing with Dan. Dan is a licensed full time fishing professional and is a certified United States Coast Guard Captain.  Dan takes his job of helping people learn how to catch more fish seriously.  This is not a part-time gig for Dan.  He has professional gear and wants you to learn how to use it to catch more fish both with him and on your own.

How does Dan know where the fish are located?2016-03-31T09:09:55-05:00

Dan lives on Lake Minnetonka and fishes it every chance he can get.  He uses state of the art electronics to locate fish and fish habitat.  His fish finder is loaded with fishing hot spots all over Lake Minnetonka and other area lakes.

How do I schedule a fully guided fishing trip with Dan?2016-03-31T09:08:41-05:00

Whether it is Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, you can give Dan a call at 952-220-4954 to schedule your next fully guided fishing trip.

What is the booking and cancellation policy?2021-04-21T15:33:08-05:00

Cancellation policy requires at least 14 days advance notice for a full refund. Trips cancelled within 14 days of trip will be charged 50% of the cost of the trip. Trips cancelled within 48 hours of the trip will be charged the full amount of the trip. Safety is important to us, therefore weather cancellations are at the guides discretion.

Are there any hotels in the area?2016-03-31T09:07:50-05:00

Currently there are no hotels on Lake Minnetonka.  Some closest to Lake Minnetonka include the Country Inn and Suites By Carlson and AmericInn both are located in Chanhassen MN.  If you are looking for extended stays near Lake Minnetonka, we suggest search Vacation Rentals by Owners for short term rentals.

Where do I meet up with Dan?2016-03-31T09:07:36-05:00

Depending on which lake you have decided to fish with Dan and where the fish are biting, Dan will send you a meeting location prior to your scheduled fishing trip.

What do I need to bring when fishing with Dan?2016-03-31T09:06:59-05:00

When fishing with Dan, you can expect the very best fishing experience.  He provides everything you will need for fishing from the rods, reels, tackle and bait.  The only thing that is required for everyone 16 years of age and older is a current Minnesota fishing license.
Some things to consider bringing include:

  • Jacket and Rain Gear (Dress for the weather conditions)
  • Sun Protection (sunscreen, sun glasses, hat etc.)
  • Camera for pictures!
Where can I purchase a fishing license?2023-03-26T10:47:26-05:00

Everyone 16-89 years of age that will be fishing needs a current Minnesota fishing license. You can either purchase a fishing license on line by following the instruction on the Minnesota DNR web site at or by calling 1-888-665-4236.

Which fishing license should I purchase?2016-03-31T09:05:21-05:00

Depending on where you live, you should purchase a resident 24 hour angling fishing license if you live in Minnesota and a 24 hour angling non-resident fishing license if you live out of state.  You will need to provide proof of residency.

What do we do with the fish we catch?2023-03-29T07:39:41-05:00

We suggest the, “Catch, Photo and Release” program that many anglers are following today.  If you do catch a trophy fish, we can set you up with a taxidermist to have a replica made of your prize fish.  If you do keep any fish, please be aware that Minnesota has specific laws regarding how many fish you can keep for each species.  Areas lakes do not have fish cleaning houses at the boat landings.  Please bring a bucket to carry your fish home.

How can I follow what is new with Captain Dan?2016-03-31T09:04:06-05:00

You can like his Facebook Page to keep up to date on how the fish are biting.

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