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”I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don‘t know what’s on the other end. YOUR IMAGINATION is under there.“


Photo of Rod Start Professional Fishing Guide


”Green Mountain Fishing Guide Service not only puts you on fish, Rod Start teaches you how to catch them!“

Whether you are a seasoned angler, new to the central Vermont lakes region, or simply in search of a quality bass fishing experience – Green Mountain Fishing Guide Service has the expertise to help create memories that will last a lifetime. With his decades of experience on the best bass lakes in the region, it‘s no wonder why many of Rod’s clients have been with him for 10 years or longer.

“In 2002, while researching guides for Lake St. Catherine, I came to find that the only guide I should be considering was Rod Start‘s Green Mountain Fishing Guide Service. Thanks to Rod’s expert instruction, I have learned how to locate fish and present lures that will trigger strikes. He continues to teach me things that would take years to learn through trial and error. Best yet, I am able to translate this knowledge to my home lakes which makes my time on the water more enjoyable. Rod is a great teacher, guide, and friend who makes fishing what it should be – fun!”


– Mark S., New York


ROD START has been a professional fishing guide in central Vermont for more than 30 years. He brings his years of expertise and experience as a successful bass tournament fisherman to the lakes he guides, ensuring the best opportunity for a fulfilling day on the water. Rod knows the waters he guides intimately and understands the seasonal patterns that fish follow, enabling him to put you on fish whenever, and wherever he guides you. Whether you are a beginner or advanced angler, you will learn the latest fishing techniques and tactics, as well as time-tested methods of lure presentation to help you catch more fish and have a lot of fun doing it!

Rod Start in Bass Pro Shops catalog

Rod Start, featured in the
Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s catalog

Watch Rod Start guide a client on Lake St. Catherine!

Call Rod Start at 802.446.3375 to learn how Green Mountain Fishing Guide Service can create fishing memories that will last a lifetime!

“We‘ve have been fishing with Rod Start since 2005, when my boys were 8- and 10-years-old, and he has guided us every year since! Rod knows all the lakes in the area and always puts us on fish. His knowledge of fish habitat and which technique to use at any given time is incredible. We‘ve had days in the 90s, days in the 30s, bright sun, rain and even snow one year, but we have never been ”skunked“. It‘s not unusual to catch 50 to 80 fish-a-day between the three of us. Rod is a experienced professional guide for people of all fishing skills and will make your time on the water enjoyable, relaxing – and most importantly – a day full of catching fish.


– Tim G., Massachusetts



Green Mountain Fishing Guide Service offers half-, full- and multi-day guides on many central Vermont lakes, including Lake St. Catherine, Lake Bomoseen, and Lake Hortonia. These lakes offer some of the finest Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, and Northern Pike fishing the region has to offer. In addition to these sportfish species, panfish of all kinds – Bluegill, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch and Crappie – are plentiful and eager to bite (which keeps the kids happy!). All equipment, bait, and tackle is provided. Fishing is done from a fully-equipped 21-foot Nitro bass boat. Bird watching trips are also available!

“On my first guided trip with Rod, he convinced me to ‘keep an open mind’ as he handed me a light-action rod with a hair jig tied to 6-lb. test line. It was spring and the smallmouth bass were in the shallows. In addition to the many quality smallmouth I caught and released that day, I hooked and landed a 5-1/2 lb. largemouth! I’ll never forget the excitement of trying a brand new technique and having it pay off big. Rod not only knows where the fish are, he knows what lures to use to get them to bite!”


– Dave A., New Jersey

“First of all, I‘m not a great fisherman. But I discovered Rod Start and Green Mountain Fishing Guide Service over 20 years ago, and I have caught fish every time I‘ve gone with him. Just do what Rod says, and you can‘t go wrong!”


– Dennis S., Connecticut

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