The Hayward, Wisconsin-based National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame has inducted 11 individuals and one organization this year.
Dan Basore has shared his knowledge through his “Fishing History” column in Midwest Outdoors and other publications for over 30 years. For many years Basore has been in charge of the National Fishing Lure Collector’s Club.
Hugh C. Becker began his personal fish-tagging program in 1953, which led to many early practices regarding catch and release of muskellunge. Becker was a catalyst in the development of Muskies, Inc. serving on the Board of Directors from 1967 through 1983. In 1976 he personally funded a three-year fish-tagging program directed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Clem Dippel has enjoyed a long career in publishing, first with BASS and then after acquiring Fishing Tackle Retailer. Dippel served on the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame induction committee for 20 years and is still an advisor.
Joseph Flater is known to many as Muskie Joe. A fixture on the Chippewa and Flambeau rivers in Wisconsin, Flater has been guiding over 40 years and continues to take anglers out over 80 days each summer from the popular Flater’s Resort.
Shaw Grigsby has won nine BASS events and qualified for the Bassmaster Classic 15 times. He has won many National Elite events and has always been at the highest level of professional angling since he began fishing tournaments in 1984.
Gary Howie is an award winning writer, television and radio broadcaster and photographer. He began publishing The Outdoorsmen publication and quickly expanded it into a regional monthly tabloid. In 2009 Howie began a syndicated radio program, Outdoor Adventures which airs six days a week.
Bob Jensen began his fishing career as a guide at Camp Fish near Brainerd, MN. He later became a member of the Lindy Fishing Team and was a member of Pro-Mo’s promotional team. Jensen has written hundreds of magazine articles, and his television show, Fishing the Midwest with Bob Jensen, has aired across the Midwest for over 20 years.
Ned Kehde is a well-known outdoor writer who began bass fishing in the 1950s. His approaches to fishing for catfish, white bass, crappies and largemouth bass have made him a national spokesman for the techniques he has mastered.
Steve Pennaz was named Executive Director of the North American Fishing Club in 1988 and developed and launched the North American Fisherman magazine and held the editor’s position for that publication for 15 years. T
Gordon Schulter has been the driving force behind St. Criox fishing rods since 1960. His tireless efforts have contributed to St. Croix Rods becoming one of the most successful rod manufactures in the world today.
Irv Snell has operated as a highly successful Moose Lake guide since 1929, with many seasons he spent in excess of 150 days on the water specializing in musky and walleye. Requests for his services were often made a year in advance and included reservations for up to four consecutive weeks with the same party.
The Driftless Area Restoration Effort (DARE) is a consensus-based effort to protect, restore, and enhance rivers and streams for fish and other aquatic life throughout the Driftless area, encompassing portions of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. Formed in late fall of 2005, their efforts aim to jointly address the issues of habitat loss, and the alteration of coldwater streams.