The Guides

Fishing  Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau and Manotowish Waters area

Lyle Chapman

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Van Jolin

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Tom Schodron

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Rod Benders Fishing Guide Service

150 years of experience fishing Minocqua, Woodruff, Lac Du Flambeau, and Manitowish Waters.  Fishing Muskie, Walleye, Bass and Panfish in the Vilas, Onidea, and Iron County area lakes

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Contact Us

(715) 614-0087

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About the Guides

The key to being a successful and consistent fisherman is time spent on the water. Having an intimate knowledge of the waters you fish is instrumental in your success. Utilizing a variety of techniques garnered through extensive experience our guide service will provide you with not only a successful fishing experience but a unique history of the area,. Rod Benders Guide Service is comprised of Lyle Chapman, Van Jolin and Tom Schodron. With over 150 years experience, there isn’t a trio that comes close to these men’s experience.

Fishing:  The  Minocqua, Woodruff, Lac Du Flambeau, and Manitowish Waters area lakes in Vilas, Oneida and Iron counties.  Rod Benders, welcome the beginner or experienced anglers and Kids are welcome!  Our 3 guides, Tom Schodron, Lyle Chapman and Van Jolin have over 150 years experience on the waters fishing Muskie, Walleye, Bass, Panfish and Trout species.

Lyle Chapman

has been guiding 40 years and is a life- long resident of the area.

No one has more experience on the Lac du Flambeau chain than Lyle. Besides his extensive experience on the water Lyle also utilizes both new and old tried and true techniques to make your trip successful.

Van Jolin,

a member of the freshwater fishing Hall of Fame, is another lifelong resident of the area with 60 years of guiding experience. A day in the boat with Vanny will not only yield you a rewarding fishing experience but the stories he tells will leave you with a unique historical perspective of the north woods.


Tom Schodron,

with 46 years experience, formerly managed Tommy's Zinda'sFishing Adventures and was an integral part of Tommy Zinda’s Guide Service. Tom is a multi species angler and will lead you to the best bite depending on the season. Tom has extensive knowledge in over 100 lakes in the north woods to fit your needs.