Open Water


Walleye • Smallmouth Bass • Muskie • Northern Pike • Largemouth Bass • Crappie • Perch • Tullibee (Cisco) • Eelpout

The Red Door Resort boasts world class fishing opportunities for several of America’s favorite sport fish. The walleye fishing is historic. Smallmouth fishing on Mille Lacs Lake has recently been ranked #1 in the country by Bassmaster Magazine. Experts predict that the next Minnesota Musky record will come out of Mille Lacs. Book your next fishing adventure with The Red Door Resort for a truly memorable experience.

Guide Services


John Wersal

Our preferred fishing guide

The Red Door Resort is excited to present John Wersal as the Resort’s in-house and preferred Mille Lacs Lake fishing guide.

John Wersal was born and raised on the shores of Mille Lacs Lake. He has made the Mille Lacs area home his whole life and has developed a deep passion – and exceptional skill set – for angling on the big pond, where John has logged thousands of hours on the water.

John believes that Mille Lacs provides unmatched fishing opportunities with world class smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and muskie angling. He is well versed in multiple species and fishing techniques, and is enthusiastic about using the latest technology to stay on the fish.

John takes the time prior to each trip to understand each guest’s expectations for the guided fishing trip and does his best to personalize the trip. In addition to being a successful angler, John prides himself on providing excellent customer service and on working hard to provide a positive and enjoyable experience.

Clients will need to bring current Minnesota fishing license, weather appropriate clothing/rain gear, snacks, beverages and, of course, camera. Clients are welcome to bring their own fishing rods and tackle. Otherwise, rods, tackle, bait and other miscellaneous items will be provided.

John looks forward to hosting you for a guided trip and to sharing a memorable day on the water!

Alternative Guide Options


Tim Mathiesen

Prescott Baits and Guide Service

Captain Tim is the proud owner of Prescott Baits and Guide Service. He spends many days on Mille lacs Lake, which he calls “One of the Best Fisheries in the Midwest.” He started fishing Mille lacs in the late 70s and loves to target Giant Smallmouth. Tim prides himself on being a “true multispecies” angler who loves guiding for any species that swims in open water. Whether your interest is walleye, muskies, or something in between, you’re in good hands with Captain Tim, as he has many years of guiding under his belt. He got into guiding to share his years of knowledge, as well as his love of the great outdoors and fishing. Being a true student of the game, he realizes a good guide is instrumental in knowing how to identify the best places to find fish, which tackle works best, and what techniques to use in any given situation because that’s what produces the best results. And last but not least, Captain Tim realizes a good guide is also a good teacher, someone who can instruct and show others how to be more successful, which is a huge benefit for your future outings on the water – guided or unguided and long after the day is done.

Contact Captain Tim Mathiesen


Bruce Jean

Mille Lacs Fishing Guide Service & Rainy Lake Guiding

Captain Bruce Jean started fishing at age five and hasn’t stopped since! Born and raised on Rainy Lake, fishing is in Bruce’s’ blood. For the last twenty-eight years Bruce has been part of Rainy Lake Guiding, the family business, where he has been professionally guiding alongside his dad and brother. But Bruce isn’t limited to just Rainy Lake – he takes his expertise to lakes all across Minnesota, including Gull Lake and Lake Mille Lacs. Armed not only with the latest fishing equipment but also years of experience, Bruce can get the bite on any body of water.

Bruce is sponsored by Lund Boats and Mercury Motors, using a 2022 Lund Pro V 2175, 400 Mercury, 15 hp Mercury Kicker, the newest in Hummingbird technology and the newest Ulterra to help put you on any species of fish! He has also been featured in Outdoor New “Pro Tip of the Week” and was up for WCCO’s Best Guide in Minnesota. When not guiding, you can find him fishing at walleye tournaments around the state. Bruce specializes in Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie, Crappie and Bass


All wise men of Mille Lacs know:

"What happens on the mud flats doesn't always stay on the mud flats."

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