The legendary Guido Hibdon of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, recently obtained his United States Coast Guard guiding license, which allows him to return to his family’s roots as a multispecies guide on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Guido’s guiding lineage extends across many decades. In fact, his grandfather guided anglers on the Osage River in the 1920s, and after Bagnell Dam impounded the Osage River in 1931, creating the Lake of the Ozarks, Guido’s father guided on it until he died. Guido’s brothers were also guides.
Guido’s maiden guide trip occurred in the spring of 1960 when he was 13 years old. On this outing, he and his clients walked several shorelines, using cane poles and creek chub minnows, and they caught oodles of spawning crappie.
In short order, he hopes to be joined by his son, Dion, and grandson Payden. These three talented and versatile anglers will teach their clients how, when and where to catch a variety of species. In many ways it is an appendage of the Hibdon’s School of Fishing, which had its inaugural session on Oct. 20-21.
As of today, his guiding service is open for business. To arrange a trip, anglers can call 573-230-3065.