Tanner, or as his fellow guides call him, “Kid Walleye ” will be starting his sixth year of open water guiding with Mitchell’s Guide Service. One of the “Young Guns” of MGS, dont let this young man’s youth fool you. Tanner is an experienced guide in his own right and has earned the respect of the older MGS guides and customers alike.
A life long resident of Devils Lake, Tanner Thomas lives and breathes fishing, summer and winter. When asked at what age he started fishing? Tanner quickly replied, as soon as I started walking! This young man’s enthusiasm for fishing knows few bounds. When interviewed for this guide profile, I asked Tanner if he was a hunter? He replied that he did not have time to hunt, he was too busy fishing in the fall. Tanner got his start in the fishing business working for Karin and Kyle Blanchfield at Woodland Resort on Devils Lake while still in high school. That employment continued through Tanners college years at Lake Region College.
Tanner also has six years of ice fishing guiding at Devils Lake. Shortly after college, Thomas signed on with the legendary Perch Patrol Guide Service owned by ice fishing guru, Steve Zippy Dahl. Asked his preferred species to fish? Walleye in the summer and jumbo perch in the winter was Kid Walleye’s firm reply.
When Tanner takes a little time off guiding in the summer, you will likely see him fishing a walleye tournament or two. 2016 saw Tanner and a friend take a 4th place finish in the very competitive and prestigious Spirit Lake Casino tournament. Not an easy thing to do.
Tanner very much enjoys interacting with his clients and hearing their many and varied stories. Quick with an infectious smile, this young guide has learned to provide the kind of customer service that keeps his customers coming back for more. Tanner’s fun loving, agreeable nature blends well with his fishing knowledge and skills honed by hundreds of hours spent chasing walleye and perch on Devils Lake. 2016 saw Kid Walleye being awarded the hard earned title of, “Most Improved MGS Guide” by his fellow guides. Tanner will tell you that he plans to be guiding and working in the fishing industry for a long time. The smart money says this talented hard working guide is certainly off to a solid start in that direction with his fishing career.
This young man has already proved to be a positive addition for Mitchell’s Guide Service.
If you are looking for a fun, productive day of fishing at Devils Lake, North Dakota? Tanner Thomas aka Kid Walleye would be a great choice to guide you. Tanner can be requested by calling our booking number at 701-662-5996 extension 1. As can all the MGS guides. With the 2018 guiding season right around the corner, booking a trip with Tanner or anyone of the other Mitchell guides might be just what what the doctor ordered.