“Bende” as his fellow guides, friends and customers like to call him has been guiding for Mitchell’s Guide Service at Devils Lake, North Dakota the last six years. Not only does Eric guide with us here at Mitchell’s Guide Service, he also guides waterfowl hunters with Northern Flight Guide Service out of Woodland Resort in the fall and with All Flocked Up Guide Service during the spring snow goose season. In addition, Eric Bendewald is stays active working winter months with the Woodland Resort Ice Fishing Crew renting fishouses. Eric is a very busy man in the outdoors.
Eric spent his early years growing up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He cut his teeth fishing the Missouri River system and the Northeastern Glacial Lakes of South Dakota. An avid hunter, Eric grew up chasing pheasants and waterfowl in South Dakota.
Moving to Alaska as a young man, Eric signed on as a commercial salmon fisherman. Bendewald also worked in the off season guiding big game Hunters. Talk about two rigorous and demanding jobs to have in the wilds of Alaska.
Moving back to the Midwest, Bendewald took employment with the Blanchfields atWoodland Resort at Devils Lake, North Dakota. Working alongside one of the best freshwater fisheries in North America, it wasn’t long before Eric decided to try his hand at open water guiding. Signing on with Mitchell’s Guide Service, Eric quickly adapted his outdoors skills to becoming proficient at catching walleyes and pike Devils Lake, North Dakota style.
Eric’s agreeable, easy going, fun loving nature worked well in his new role of serving as a fishing guide. In fact Bende earned the coveted accolade of “Most Improved MGS Guide for 2015” from his fellow guides. Very personable with his clients, Bendewald enjoys a good day of fishing on the water as much his customers do. Known to be a patient teacher, Eric does very well with family groups. In fact Eric does well with all his groups. A valuable addition to our MGS guide group, Eric Bendewald would be an excellent selection to serve as your fishing guide. 2017 was a record setting year for Mitchell’s Guide Service. The fishing continued good throughout the whole open water season. This year looks to be no different. Now would be an excellent time to book Eric Bendewald or any other of our 11 full-time guides. Our booking number is 701-662-5996 extension 1.