Was thinking about hiring a guide for bass/crappie but have any of you hired a guide and can say it was worth it?
Is it worth 300$?
I guided full-time for years on Fork and lived there. Now I book guides and hire their services so I have been on both ends of this equation. It is absolutely worth every penny if you get a good one. There are a bunch of good ones on Fork. I have said this before and I will say it again, You will learn more in one day with a good guide then you will in a year by yourself.
However, you will be hard pressed to find a good one on Fork for under $450 a day. Do a search on here and you will find a LONG list of them. Also I read about bad experiences with a guide on here occasionally and I wonder if the guy that booked the trip did any homework at all before booking. All anglers have their strengths & weaknesses whether they will admit it or not.
You need to call the guide and talk to him before you book it. You need to have expectations and they need to be realistic. Don't hire a guide at Fork (or any other lake) thinking that a DD bass will be automatic. There are a few guides that will call pretty much any fish you catch on their boat over 7 pounds a DD then throw it back after a few pics. Beware of these.
If you truly want some help choosing one I am happy to assist you. PM me.