Veteran Guide Service
USCG Captain Andy Schiera
Every day on the water is a learning experience.
When conditions are tough we adapt, improvise, and overcome.
*VGS specializes in guided fishing trips on Lake Geneva, the Fox Chain of Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake of the Woods. The Captain also offers instructional electronics classes for Humminbird*
Were you in the military?
Yes! I served active duty in the U.S. Marines 2006 - 2011 with 1st Anglico in support of OIF and OEF.
How many years have you been operating a boat?
How old were you when you started fishing?
I started fishing when I was four.
What lake was your first out of town fishing trip destination?
Rice Lake in Vilas Co. WI.
Who was your first mentor in the fishing world?
Did you have a hero?
My first mentor was my Grandpa Schiera. He instilled patience, persistence, and true sportsman ethics.
My fishing hero was and still is Joe Bucher
How did you get started guiding?
I was given a part-time guiding position with Chris Taurisano @ T-Bone Guide Service in 2015. After a year I quit my career as a FF/Paramedic and never looked back. I was very fortunate to have Chris introduce me to the industry and show me the ropes. I enjoyed every minute with his crew.
What is your go to for success on the water?
I pride myself on using my electronics in order to quickly pattern fish.
What fishing related accomplishments are you most proud of?
Filming two episodes of "The Musky Hunter" last summer (Airing on 1/30/21 and 3/6/21 Fox Sports North)
Contributing author for Musky Hunter Magazine! April/May of 21' will be a cool issue where I break down finesse tackle for pressured muskies. Look for my articles In Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar and April/May issues of Musky Hunter Magazine!
Speaking at Chicagoland Musky Hunters, Fox River Valley Musky Hunters, Walleyes Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and other local clubs.
"Been fishing with Andy for a few years now. Have had some great days, average days and not so great days on the water with him. But that is fishing. As I write this Andy still has gotten me my PB inland walleye 28.25” from the Fox chain, my biggest musky at 45.5” and my biggest northern pike. Have had many toothy trifecta fish days with him. But the one day that stands out out of them all was June 24 2018. The Fox chain was at no wake due to recent heavy rains. What does that mean? Current! Who loves current? WALLEYES! We ended up starting pitching jigs in the current. Bam fish on..... slot walleye. (18-24” is slot size). It was a constant bite. Decided to move to a new spot not far from first spot.... bam slot walleye again! Between the 2 spots we fished we ended up with 80 walleye. 85% were slot size. It was my best day ever walleye fishing. Will that day ever happen again for me ............. we shall see but it’s a day I’ll never forget."
"Andy is the hardest working guide I’ve ever fished with. He’s very knowledgeable about all things fishing. With his experience I don’t trust anybody else."
"One week on Lake of the Woods with Capt. Andy is worth a year on the Fox Chain. Even with a 6 fish day on my home waters, the amount of chances you'll have at a giant on LOTW will make your head spin. Andy puts you on the fish. My first year I boated 14 Muskies with 3 personal bests. 48", 48.25", and 49.5".