Featuring Reports and Tactics from Mille Lacs Lake Area Fishing Guide Tony Roach
from Roachs Guide Service
Tony Roach is one Mille Lacs Lake foremost fishing guides. He certainly is a legend within the industry and his name is well known around the entire lake. Tony provides good sized and good numbers of fish when others come up empty time and time again. Tony was voted by IFML staff as one of the Top Three fishing guide of Mille Lacs Lake and has a plethora of other titles, awards and trophies to go along with this.
In this webpage dedicated to Tony Roach and his online efforts, IFML has rounded up all of Tony's online presence and wrapped everything into one single page to make following Tony the easiest possible. Now anyone and everyone can stay up to date with Tony and his detailed and thorough knowledge and reports of Mille Lacs. IFML would like to thank Tony Roach, along with commending him, for the excellent job he does both online and offline for anglers of all walks who focus on Mille Lacs.
If you need a Mille Lacs Lake, fishing IFML recommends Tony Roach. If you would like to catch fish and have the best time possible during your trip to Mille Lacs, both during the winter on the ice or summer, contact Tony Roach.
Tony's Online Bio
“Mr. Walleye Specialties”
Tony Roach grew up in northern Minnesota where he has been a fishing professional for over a decade. He has guided on a wide variety of lakes including Mille Lacs, Winnibigoshish, Lake of the Woods, and many more! Roach, a professional walleye angler competes in tournaments across the Midwest. Tony offers a vast knowledge of multi-species fishing, on a wide variety of waters. Tony enjoys guiding and loves to teach everything from the basics of fishing to the subtle adjustments anglers can make to put more fish in the boat.
It’s safe to say that during the past decade, no one has drilled more holes than Ice Force’s Tony Roach. The only number that possibly rivals it is the volume of fish emerging to the surface, attached to one of ‘T-Roach’s’ lures. A zeal for fishing imbued with a magnetic personality has propelled Tony to angling stardom. But to talk fishing with this down-to-earth dude, you’ll quickly realize that the celebrity status hasn’t gone to his head.
One of the most popular and respected fishing guides in the Upper Midwest, Tony annually wets a line over 300 days each year. With a name like Roach – nephew of Mr. Walleye, Gary Roach – fishing talent is a foregone conclusion in guiding as well as tournament fishing. But beyond skill with a rod and reel, Tony inherited his legendary uncle’s unmistakable charisma— a gift for relating to people that beams from Tony’s signature friendly grin. During tradeshow appearances, seminars, or out on the ice, Tony remains highly approachable, never too busy to stop and spin a fishing yarn.
For over a decade, Tony has operated Roach’s Guide Service, and remains one of the busiest and most successful guides on Central Minnesota’s perennially popular Mille Lacs. Whether “Ice Trolling” on a frozen lake or backtrolling into a walleye chop, Tony has become known as the hardest working, most successful guide on the big lake.
Despite his bloodline bond with Mille Lacs walleyes, however, he’s far from a one-trick pony. Roach’s knowledge of the North Country’s hottest fisheries and angling techniques is unequaled. Whether he’s on the big lakes—Winnibigoshish, Lake of the Woods, Winnipeg—or those coveted backwoods hotspots, Roach seems to always be on biting fish, from big walleyes to stout smallmouth bass, pike and trophy panfish. This talent has made him a much sought-after commodity in the angling media. Tony regularly appears in national print and broadcast, including In-Fisherman and FLW Outdoors, Midwest Outdoors, and Ice Guide TV, as well as numerous regional radio, internet and newspaper outlets. He also produces and distributes a weekly on-the-water fishing report via youtube.com and his own website, roachsguideservice.com.
Fishing with Tony isn’t just an education, it’s a reminder of the sheer joys of fishing; every day on the water seems like Christmas. You get the feeling that for him, this isn’t work, but rather playing out a lifelong passion. With Tony on the scene, the Roach family tradition is alive and well.
Hailing from Northern Minnesota, Tony Roach was raised in a boat and on the ice, schooled in all things fishy by his father, as well as his great uncle, the legendary Gary “Mr. Walleye” Roach. On the water over 250 days a year, T-Roach has been a year-around professional guide for over a decade, operating the highly successful Roach’s Guide Service on famed Mille Lacs, Minnesota.
Besides a rare talent for live bait rigging walleyes in open water, Roach devised the innovative “ice trolling” system, which has been highlighted in the national media. He appears frequently on television, seminars and in print publications, including In-Fisherman Ice Guide TV, Mid West Outdoors, and Game & Fish, Outdoor News and In-Fisherman magazines.