Growing up on the banks of the Rainy River near the south shore of Lake of the Woods, most of Joe’s days were spent in or on the water. With his parents running a bush plane service, Joe would often accompany his father in the DeHavilland Beaver on trips to the North. With his face pressed against the window he watched as the vast Lake of the Woods unfolded beneath him. Joe fell in love with everything that the area had to offer.
Spending his early years fishing for mostly Walleyes on the Minnesota side of the lake, Joe soon found what the lake had to offer North of the border. With the main lake structure being mostly sand flats on the South end of the lake, learning the rock structure in the Ontario waters was a new challenge that offered endless opportunities to pursue all species of fish. With an abundance of Musky, Crappie, Perch, Small and Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, and of course the huge numbers Walleyes, the Ontario waters of Lake of the Woods provides an experience for every type of fisherman.
Joe says the best part of his job is bringing people to some of the best fishing spots they have experienced in their lives. He is particularly proud of his mouthwatering shore lunches that he prepares on one of the thousands of islands that makes Lake of the Woods such a wonderful fishery.
To contact Joe Cooper about his unique Lake of the Woods guide service, please call (218) 280-3734, or e-mail [email protected]