Honey Badger Guide Service
To provide a safe and enjoyable fishing experience to fisherpersons of all skill levels, while sharing the beautiful surroundings of Bull Shoals Lake.
Why Fish With Honey Badger?
With a whole team of guides, we can partner you with the expert angler for the specific species of fish you seek! Our guides come with years of tournament fishing experience, as well as recreational fishing experience of all species. We target multiple species (Bass, Walleye, Pan Fish, etc.), and will use a variety of techniques, including spooning, drop-shotting, bottom bouncing, and others. Our guides’ goal is to enhance your trip by teaching you techniques and fish patterns, including how those patterns change by season. This will enable you to walk away from your trip as a better angler. We welcome both experienced anglers and those new to the sport, and we encourage our guests to ask questions of our guides and learn while having fun on the water.
Meet Our Guides
Brent (aka “The Honey Badger”) After years of tournament and recreational fishing around the U.S., Brent has now made his “den” beautiful Bull Shoals Lake. Originally from Wisconsin, but having fished around the country for multiple freshwater species, Brent got his “Honey Badger” nickname from his daring and carefree spirit, that comes to life best on the lake. After being drawn back to this area for the fishing year after year, he permanently relocated here in 2018 and is the current owner/operator of Red’s Bait and Tackle, the largest full-service fishing supply store in the area.
I started my love for fishing on Sage Lake in Michigan. I moved to the mountains in Colorado where I learned the art of fly fishing on the Roaring Fork River and then started fishing for walleyes on Lake Powell in Utah. After making my annual trips back to Michigan and driving hours to fish on a weekend I moved to Lakeview for just a 2-minute drive to my boat dock and start fishing. I fish out of a Ranger walleye boat mostly bottom bouncing for walleye along with Bull Shoals bull size Blue Gills or for a more challenging but rewarding method, spooning,
Along with manly fishing for walleye, I have a great bird dog (Buck Shot), if interested in a fall upland bird hunt.
Mike Smolenski (SMO)
Smo started fishing professionally in 1995 on the Walleye Trail Pro Am circuit and eventually fished professionally with the Walleye Masters Team Circuit gaining even more experience.
He owned and operated Smos Fishin Mission Walleye Guide Service for 8 years in Wisconsin before moving to Flippin Arkansas. Mike now guides for walleye on Bull Shoals Lake.