Guide Staff

Andy Pappas

Business Name:

Vicious Fishes Guide Service



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Andy Pappas caught his first muskies on Ontario’s Lake Nipissing and concentrated on world-famous Georgian Bay for the first ten years of his chasing them. He then moved on to try a variety of other muskie waters around the province, from the Niagara River to the Haliburton Highlands, and from the Kawartha Lakes to the Ottawa River. He’s been catching muskies for over 30 years, but  is now back to focusing all his effort on the French River area – where its not just the fish, but also the fishing! The beautiful and interesting waters Andy targets offer a wide variety of options – from huge lakes to small creeks, from shallow and fertile to deep and clear, and from easy access to remote. In 2007 Andy started Vicious Fishes Guide Service (VFGS) and has been providing memorable fishing adventures for anglers and corporate groups ever since. Taking full advantage of the wide variety of opportunities in the French River area, VFGS offers customized fishing trips based on each client’s personal criteria for an excellent muskie fishing experience. Numbers or giants, topwaters, fly-fishing, or trolling – whatever you’re looking for in a muskie fishing trip, VFGS can deliver! Countless hours spent on his waterbodies in every season and every possible weather condition allow Andy to increase the client’s odds for success by dialing them in to proven locations and presentations based on experience.


Not satisfied to just help clients enjoy Ontario’s great muskie fishing, Andy has also invested a lot of effort in protecting the fishery and making it even better. He’s taken part in negotiations with various stakeholders to win positive regulation changes, promoted proper catch-and-release techniques in presentations to fishing clubs, and participated in rehabilitation projects. He’s also been very active in Canada’s primary proponent of responsible management of the fishery,  Muskies Canada Inc, and was named to the organization’s Hall Of Fame in 2013.


Over the years Andy has shared some of his perspectives on muskie fishing with various print media on many occasions, and in 2014 VFGS made its TV debut with the airing of a full episode of The New Flyfisher on WFN. If you think muskies can be challenging enough on conventional tackle, try being successful with them on fly-fishing tackle! Filmed in just 3 days’ worth of fishing, the informative episode builds to a big fish climax with some of the best muskies-on-the-fly action ever seen on TV!


For more information on muskie and pike fishing in the French River area with Andy Pappas of Vicious Fishes Guide Service, visit the VFGS website at