My name is Bernie Hildebrand and I live in Miles City, Montana. Miles City is approximately 110 miles south of Fort Peck Reservoir — but you could call Hell Creek, on the shores of Fort Peck, my second home. That’s where I like to fish.
I grew up in northeastern Iowa and started fishing when I was about six years old. I have been fishing ever since. I fished the small streams of northeastern Iowa for channel catfish and smallmouth bass while trips to the Mississippi River were for crappie, bluegill, and walleye.
Annually, I made a trip with my father and grandfather to northcentral Minnesota to fish for walleyes and northern pike.
While in college at Montana State University in Bozeman, I fished for rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout. As you can see, a guy’s got to fish for whatever species is available. I liked them all.
I moved to Jordan, Montana, in 1980 and started fishing Fort Peck Reservoir the same year. Fishing Fort Peck was a great new challenge in two ways: One, simply finding the different trails and areas to the reservoir was difficult and two, there were new species of fish I had never fished for before.
Some of the new species to me were lake trout, Chinook salmon, paddlefish, sturgeon, burbot (ling) bigmouth and smallmouth buffalo.
However, there were several species of fish that I was quite familiar with like walleyes, northern pike, sauger, channel catfish, perch, crappie, drum and smallmouth bass. I started fishing these species from shore, tagging along on a boat trip with a friend whenever I could. Finally, I bought my first boat in 1989. Other boats have followed.
In 1995, I started guiding on Fort Peck Reservoir and have been guiding ever since.
My boat is a 2020 Lund 219 Pro V with a 350hr Mercury Verodo main motor and a 15 hr Mercury kicker. The electric trolling motor is Minn Kota Ultterra 112 pound trust. The electronics are the Humminbird Solix 12.
Dam / Dry Arm (Fort Peck or Rock Creek) Fishing Guide
My name is Trevor Haddix and I was born in Omaha, Nebraska then moved to Miles City, Montana as a young child. I am the son of a Fisheries Biologist that worked for the Montana FWP at Miles City, then moving to Biologist Position in Alaska in the late 70’s.
I was raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Baseball were the hobbies that motivated me. I fished and hunted every chance I got while growing up. My dad provided me with my own boat at a very young are, so every opportunity was spent on the inland waters of the Pacific, fishing for Chinook, Coho and Pink salmon as well as Halibut.
As a teenager, I started commercial fishing. First commercial endeavor was trolling for Salmon in a small open skiff. A few years later, I moved onto the larger commerical boats and worked as a deck hand on a purse Seiner for the summers.
After High School graduation in the mid 80’s I moved on to college at Montana State University in Bozeman with the intent of studying fish and wildlife management. Well, plans don’t always pan out. I spent way too much time fishing the Gallatin and Madison, skiing at Bridger Bowl and hunting the Bridger’s and very little time studying. With academic probation looming and the desire for adventure running strong, I joined the U.S. Army.
I served nearly 21 years on active duty in the Army. I am a veteran of Iraqi Freedom. During my military career, I made the best of every location I was stationed. I found myself always pursuing the available game and fish in the area I was stationed. The passion for hunting and fishing never stopped me regardless of my whereabouts.
In 2008 I fully retired from Active duty. I have been living in N. Central Kansas since my retirement, Working as an Army Contractor as an Aviation Electronics Technician. Upon graduation of my youngest child in 2018, my wife and I plan to move permanently to the Glasgow-Fort Peck area.
I hold a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Masters license and also fully licensed in Montana as a fishing guide through the MT board of Outfitters.
My boat and equipment:
Skeeter WX2100; Yamaha F250 main; Yamaha F8 kicker; Minnkota Terrova I-pilot/link; Humminbird 1197 SI Combo; Scotty 1106 electric down riggers.