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A Look into the Life of a Professional Angler

Dan Eigen has taken the name of Walleyedan as he pursues his fishing guide service business.

At Madden’s resort we are fortunate to have a local fishing guide service we can refer our guests to when they are looking for some fishing fun: Walleyedan’s fishing guide service. Walleyedan has written a few guest posts on fishing conditions for us this summer (June 14, July 8, July 15) and now for our week of fishing blog posts, we decided to do a little interview with Walleyedan himself to get a look into the life of a professional angler.

When did you first start fishing?
I started fishing around the age of 5. I grew up in Eden Prairie when it was still somewhat the prairie and I was within walking distance of Round Lake. I spent countless hours there fishing, catching frogs (to use for fishing) and just being a kid. The outdoor living just progressed by the day, week and year and it became my life. I am now 43.

How did you become “Walleyedan”?
I was given the name Walleyedan by a co-worker when I was working in the parks department for the city of Baxter. I had been out fishing (and caught a load of walleyes) with Bud and his son a week or so prior to setting up and email account at the city. I asked him what my address should be and he, without hesitation said “Walleyedan”. The rest is history!

I enjoy hunting for walleyes but I just like to put people on fish period, no matter what the species.

What is your favorite part of your job as a fishing guide?
The best part of my job is being outdoors and meeting every type of person on the face of this earth.  Of course there are pressures with the job but most days I can handle them and as the years march on it seems to get a
little easier to handle the “tough days.”

What fishing opportunities do you provide to Madden’s guests and the Brainerd Lakes area?
Whether you are a first time fisher or a veteran angler we will provide you with the trip you are looking for.  We do fish with a lot of families and will cater to what they are looking to get out of their trip.  We can start with the pan fish and try to graduate to the bass, pike and even walleye if that is the plan.  If our guests want to only pursue the elusive walleye we are totally game for that.  During the summer months, the best approach seems to be to fish for walleye’s for a couple hours and if the “bite” is on, great if not we will just try to get the rod bending.  Gull Lake does offer a wide variety of game fish and there are days you might catch a few different species.  If the guest would like to keep some fish we will clean and package them up.  The walleye “bite” seems to pick up in mid-August and run right through ice-up (with a slow period mixed in around the fall
turnover).  Turnover usually occurs in mid-October when the cooler (more dense) water sinks and mixes with the rest of the water column. I have open water guided as late as December 13th!  But two weeks later we were
ice fishing.

Thank you Dan for your service to Madden’s guests and for sharing your story! Elizabeth


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Fishing in the Brainerd Lakes Area 101

A the name implies, the Brainerd Lakes Area is home to many lakes. And when there are lakes, there are fish. This week in our blog, we are happy to tell you about the many fishing opportunities available around the Brainerd Lakes area including our friend and fishing guide, Walleyedan. But first, how to get started fishing.

What you need:

Earth worms are great bait for this area's fish. You can purchase them from local bait shops or dig up your own!

  • Minnesota Fishing License. Fishing licenses are available at Madden’s Marina and Tennis & Corquet Club. You can also purchase them at many convenience stores, gas stations, and at Mills Fleet Farm.
  • Fishing pole. Fishing pole rentals are available at Madden’s Marina. Or you can purchase your own at local retailers or bait shops. Prices for purchasing a pole can begin as low as $10 or $15.
  • Bait. Fishing bait varies. It will depend on many factors including the type of fish you are trying to catch, whether you want live bait or synthetic bait, and your experience level. For first timers, I suggest using earth worms from a bait shop. If you are not up for hooking a worm, try using a simple bait recommended by a sales associate or frozen corn.

Fishing Locations

The great thing about fishing is that you don’t have to own a boat to do it. Fishing is a pastime that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. Here are a few ideas for locations to get you started.

  • A Bridge. Often times in small towns, bridges become a hotspot for fishermen and women. You will get to enjoy the view of the lake as you cast off from the bridge.
  • A Dock. Many public docks allow visitors to fish from them. Or if you have a friend with a dock, you can pull up a lawn chair and sit back and relax while you fish. Madden’s resort has several docks available for our guests’ use.
  • On a Boat. Whether you own or rent a boat, fishing can be great fun on a boat because you are able to maneuver into different areas of the lake. I suggest dropping anchor in a spot surrounded by weeds or grass. The fish like to hide there! Be careful though to not get grass in your boat’s propeller.

Good luck anglers, Elizabeth

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Fishing, Local Tidbits, Recreation


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Owner Challenges Golfers to Beat Par on Pine Beach West

How often can you earn a free round of golf?

At Madden’s you have the opportunity to do just that each and every time you golf the Pine Beach West course. How? All you have to do is beat par. Par on our West course is 67.

Are you up for the challenge? We dare you. Beat par on Pine Beach West and your round will be paid for by our President, Brian Thuringer.

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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Golf, Local Tidbits, Recreation


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American Heart Association Fundraiser “Go Red” Golf Tournament Results

Last week we posted a photo of the “Go Red” gals gathering prior to their fundraiser golf tournament. The ladies gathered at Madden’s for a fun golf tournament and banquet/raffle last Tuesday. All funds raised were donated to the American Heart Association.

The Go Red gals gather before teeing off

Results from the 9 hole event:

1st place (score of 32): Pam Musielewicz, Rox Thompson, Bunny Caughey, and Carol Pierzinski

2nd place (score of 34): Susan Finley, Nancy Schmidt, Maxine Riches, and Jane Guild

Closest to the Pin on hole #8: Nancy Gulbrandson

Longest Putt on hole #3: Cathy Gray

1st place team in 9 hole "Go Red" tournament

2nd place team in 9 hole "Go Red" tournament

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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Golf, Local Tidbits, Recreation


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Madden’s Golf Courses Offer Something For Everyone

This week our blog posts are all about golf. To kick it off, we wanted to tell you a little bit about our courses. One of our Golf Managers, Tom, shares his take on our four courses.

The Classic

The Classic at Madden's

The most anticipated golf course to play in the Brainerd Lakes Area is in pristine shape. The greens are beautiful and rolling great. As you play the first hole you capture what the Classic is all about. After your drive on #1 you get your first glimpse of Bass Lake. The scenery is incredible. You must keep your head in the game as each hole can jump up and grab you. Double bogey lurks everywhere! A great challenge.

Pine Beach East

Pine Beach East at Madden's

A terrific 18 hole test of golf. Starting from the renowned Madden Inn deck the first tee shot gives the most seasoned golfer the shanks. The deck can be crowded with a lot of resorters. The greens are many golfers favorites in the Brainerd Lakes area.They putt true and are a real treat. Once you make a ten footer it seems like you can make them all. The most talked about hole is #6–a par six!!! Bring your guns and hold on for dear life. A birdie is a good possibility here.

Pine Beach West

Pine Beach West at Madden's

Pine Beach West winds through the forests between Gull lake and Sylvan lake. This picturesque 18 hole gem challenges your accuracy from tee to green. Precise shots will reward you with attempts at birdies. The pace of play at this course is always refreshing. The staff is always ready to give you first class service. Come on out!!

Madden’s Social 9

An aerial view of the Social 9 at Madden's

Consists of eight par threes and one par four-the finishing hole. Tune up your game on this fun filled course that has views of Gull lake. Par is not easy and the course challenges all abilities of golfers. The Social 9 is relaxed and casual.

See you soon

We hope you will be able to get out and enjoy each of the courses. Did you know we are open until late October? Please visit our website or call (800) 642-5363 for tee times.

Tom, Pine Beach East & Pine Beach West Golf Manager


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Seaplane Expo Annually Graces the Shores of Madden’s

For the last two years, the Seaplane Pilot’s Association has hosted their expo at Madden’s. Not only do we love hosting their event, we absolutely love the view they provide. The shores of Steamboat Bay from our Marina to our Lodge are lined with seaplanes. Overflow “parking” can be found at the East Gull Lake Airport and along other shores of the resort.

Seaplanes line the shores of Steamboat Bay

Close up of the seaplanes docked along the shore in front of Madden's Sunrise Villas.

The group enjoys their time in trainings and seminars throughout the weekend, but our favorite part is their fly-over on Saturday. The skies fill with seaplanes!

A seaplane takes off from Gull Lake

A seaplane soars over Madden's on Gull Lake

**Have you been able to join us for the seaplane expo in the last few years? We’d love to hear about it! Share your favorite story by commenting below or emailing me at**

Until next time, Elizabeth


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Seaplane Certification at Madden’s on Gull Lake

If you’ve ever dreamed of gliding peacefully onto a pristine lake with your own plane, now you can.

A seaplane soars over Madden's on Gull Lake

Wings Over Water Inc. has teamed up with Madden’s on Gull Lake, the Midwest’s Top Fly-in Destination, to  offer a Sea Plane Rating and vacation package. Enjoy the comforts of our luxury resort while you train and earn your seaplane certification from some of the top sea plane pilots in the Upper Midwest. This unique partnership promises to bring you the most enjoyable aviation training experience ever provided.

Gull Lake and the Brainerd Lakes area features some of the most beautiful lake country flying available anywhere in the country. The combination of one thousand acres of resort facilities, 63 holes of championship
golf, fine dining and flying are enough to exceed any pilot’s expectations. Or if recreation is not your interest, how about a relaxing massage at Spalon Montage at Madden’s, located right on the shores of Gull Lake. Whatever your interests, Madden’s has something for everyone!

The Sea Plane Rating Package, includes four days/three nights lodging, breakfast and dinner each day, golf on our Pine Beach East or Pine Beach West golf courses and a special guest rate at “The Classic at Madden’s”,
Minnesota’s only Golf Digest 5-star rated golf course.

Wings Over Water Inc. will provide you with the opportunity to earn your certification in a Super Cub on floats. A total of six hours of flying time are included, the average time necessary to complete the program.

Instructor Mary Alverson poses with her training plane a restored 1969 Piper Super Cub

Madden’s on Gull Lake and Wings Over Water Inc. invite you to visit Minnesota’s northland for a true taste of the art of Sea Plane Flying.

For more information on this unique opportunity contact Ben Thuringer at 800-642-5363.

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Aviation, Local Tidbits


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