Class of 2017 Inductees Announced

Three individuals and two organizations will be enshrined by The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota in 2017.

Inductees in the Individual Legends category include extremely active outdoor media professional Terry Tuma, one of North America’s most accomplished multi-species anglers, Editor Doug Stange, plus professional walleye angling’s biggest charitable name: Perry Good . The Burgers Brothers Sporting Goods and Clam Corporation will join the ranks of Legendary Organizations.

Based in the Brainerd Lakes Area, the Hall of Fame annually recognizes up to three individuals and two groups or organizations that have made a major impact on Minnesota’s sport fishing industry.  The Hall stands to recognize all passionate fishing promoters, whether they have made a difference through education, legislation, guiding, manufacturing, media promotions or other means.

Individuals must be a state resident, have lived in Minnesota for a minimum of 25 years, be at least 50 years of age, and have made meritorious contributions to the sport of fishing. Businesses and organizations may also be nominated, provided they are registered in Minnesota and have made similar noteworthy contributions to fishing. Nominations are accepted from the general public, and the list is reduced to the top ten by current Hall members, after which finalists are voted on for induction.


DOUG STANGE has been contributing to the sport of fishing for 50 years. Starting as a contributor for In-Fisherman magazine in 1977, Doug worked tirelessly to become Editor-in-Chief of Inter Media Outdoors publications, writing about almost every aspect of freshwater fishing including In-Fisherman, Walleye In-sider, and all of the In-Fisherman annual guides.

A pioneer in the communication field, TERRY TUMA brought the sport of fishing to the public through radio, television, articles, seminars, and now social media. Terry still draws crowds of upwards of 200 anglers, and with over 45 years of seminars it is estimated he has provided over 4,000 presentations.

PERRY GOOD gets fishing. He knows how to win, he is one of the all-time money winners. You see him at all the sport shows and boat shows, yet he is one of the industry’s most philanthropic anglers, donating a lifetime of gear, guide trips, and last but not least, his time to make sure someone has the opportunity to wet a line.

Among the Legendary Organizations, BURGER BROTHERS SPORTING GOODS, a widely popular and passionate retail outfit, founded by Ted and Bud Burger, which before the sale in 1995 had 6 stores, while CLAM OUTDOORS, the leader in the ice fishing industry, manufacturing the best outdoor gear for over 30 years.

Official enshrinement coincides with the Northwest Sport show and is planned for Friday March 24, 2017 near the Minneapolis Convention Center. For details, visit our Hall of Fame Induction page.

For Media contact or for more candidate information please contact Jennifer Arnold at 763.370.8713 or

2016 Induction Legends

2016 Legends Induction photo

About The Hall and The Museum

The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota promotes angling in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and honors those individuals and organizations who have contributed so much to our fishing legacy. As a non-profit outreach organization, we’re dedicated to teaching Minnesotans about our state’s fishing history and preserving its future.

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How The Museum Came About…

The idea of a fishing museum began in 1990. Al Baert, of Sartell, MN, was researching one of his “old lures”, a 1912 Surf Oreno, manufactured by the South Bend Bait Company. Looking at the 4″ wooden lure in his hand, he realized it was not the value or dollar amount that was so meaningful, but rather the wonderful stories and memories it represented – a piece from a past era.

Al soon contacted his long-time friend, Morry Sauve, of St. Cloud, MN, and they began to lay the foundation for the Minnesota Fishing Museum. Flyers requesting donations of old fishing memorabilia were printed and mailed to friends. Items from all across Minnesota flowed in like a river; people realized it was better to donate items to the museum rather than keep them stored in garages or basements. Housed in a museum the pieces could be appreciated for their history instead of just collecting dust. For the donors, it was a chance to give recognition to significant people in their lives who enjoyed fishing, who share a part in Minnesota’s great fishing history.

By 1995 Al’s basement took on the look of a 1940’s tackle shop. Items occupied every square inch of available space. It was now time to locate a permanent home for the artifacts; one that could not only serve as a showcase for the items but that could also be an education center for future fishing generations.

In 1998, the Little Falls City Council unanimously welcomed the Minnesota Fishing Museum and donated space in the north end of the historic Cass Gilbert Depot building. After six months the museum outgrew its space and moved to the current site at 304 West Broadway, Little Falls, MN.

In 2006 a remodeling project created over 10,000 square feet to display thousands of donated artifacts. When you stop in for a visit you will view well-known manufactures: Pflueger, Evinrude, Hedden, Martin, South Bend and Creak Chub, and others. You can also catch a glimpse of the not-so-well-known: Frog Skin Bait, Jim Dandy, Spoony Fish and Leaping Lena, just to name a few. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

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